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Moving to a new home or business premises can be a stressful experience, so finding a good removalist can help make the process go more smoothly. Here's what to consider when hiring a company to move your valued possessions.

What is a removalist?

A removalist is an individual, team or removal company that will transport your furniture and other items to another location, whether a new home or a commercial property.

What does a removalist do?

A removalist will do the heavy lifting and loading of your possessions onto a removal van and transport them to your new location. They provide ropes, straps and cushioning to secure your items during transport and prevent damage. Some removalists will also do the packing and reassemble your furniture in your new place. Some companies offer storage facilities if you're not moving into a new property straight away.

Whether you're looking for removalists in Sydney, Melbourne or elsewhere, you can find a company will help you relocate locally, across the country, or even abroad.

How do I hire a removalist?

You can book a removal service over the phone using a directory, online through a company's website or via an online service like Airtasker. You can also get recommendations from friends or relatives to help you find someone reputable.

How much does a removalist cost?

The cost of a removalist depends on how many items you need to move, how many movers you will need and how far you are moving. There will likely be additional charges if there are any special requirements for access, like several flights of stairs or narrow hallways.

Prices generally start at $70 per hour for 1-3 movers, rising to more than $100 per hour.

How do I compare removalists?

The easiest way to compare removal services is to use an online platform like Airtasker or Oneflare and post your specific job details. You can then compare quotes from several different companies.

If you're going to collect and compare quotes from individual companies directly, you should find out if the company is insured to cover damage to your valuables, which services they will provide and what is included in their fees. Make sure that the removalist will guarantee delivery on schedule and they have a policy that covers missing items.

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What should you look for when hiring a removalist?

The cheapest service isn't necessarily the best option. You should make sure the removalist has positive reviews to show they are trustworthy in handling your possessions and provide a good service. The removalist you use should also be a registered member of Association of Furniture Removers in Australia (AFRA).

What will a removalist do?

Whether you are relocating or moving a single large item, a removalist will come to your home at the time of your appointment, providing the equipment, vehicles and workers needed to remove all of your possessions. A removalist will move large items that are difficult to handle, for example a piano or oversized couch.

How should I prepare for a removalist?

There are several ways you can prepare for a removalist to make sure your move goes smoothly:

  • Prepare an inventory of your possessions, noting valuable and fragile items.
  • Pack everything that the removalists will not be packing.
  • Empty and defrost your refrigerator and freezer.
  • Label all packed boxes.
  • Arrange parking as close to your door as possible.
  • Clear away rubbish.
  • Make sure you have keys and access to your new place.

How long does a removalist take?

Moving to a new property usually takes longer than you think. Depending on how much you need to move, the process could take from two hours to a whole day. As a guide, a studio apartment can take 2-3 hours while a large five bedroom house can take 10-12 hours.

What should I consider when hiring a removalist?

Once you have compared quotes you should hire a removalist that provides an affordable, reliable service with good customer reviews and clear contract terms.

Do I need to be home for a removalist?

You can arrange for the removalist to have access to your property if you will not be home, for example if you will be at the new location. However, you may want to be there to oversee the loading of the van to make sure that the movers take everything on the inventory and you don't leave anything behind.

Can a removalist come today?

Booking a removalist 4-8 weeks in advance will give you enough time compare quotes and find a company that has availability on the date of your move. It will also give the company time to prepare the equipment and packing materials they'll need to provide. However, if you need a mover sooner there are companies that can come at short notice.

Can I book a removalist online?

Many removalist companies have a website that will take online bookings, and some websites allow you to book a removalist once you have compared quotes.

Pros and cons of a professional removalist service


  • Save the time and effort of moving your own large items and hiring out a van or truck
  • Removalists have the right equipment and vehicles to move all your possessions
  • A removalist does the heavy lifting and some will reassemble furniture
  • A removalist can pack as well as move your possessions


  • Items could get lost or damaged in transit
  • It can be time consuming to collect quotes and choose a removalist
  • Costs more than moving yourself

Frequently asked questions about removalists

Why should I hire a removalist?

Experienced movers are physically strong enough to lift heavy items and know how to safely transport your belongings without damage. A removalist will also have a large enough van or truck to transport all of your possessions so you don't have to do multiple runs.

Will a removalist provide packing materials?

Some removalists will pack your possessions for you, and will bring packing materials including boxes, leaving you more time to arrange other aspects of your move.

How should I pay for a removalist?

It is preferable to find a removalist that will take payment after the move, rather than charging upfront fees. If the removalist will take a card payment or bank transfer it will save you from having to carry around cash on moving day.

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