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What is a removalist? Do you need one?

By George Hadgelias

There’s no doubt that moving house is a daunting task. The joy of a new home often comes with the headache of physically packing up and moving all of your belongings. It’s quite a mammoth task indeed.

Most of us are likely to have that one horror story, either from your own experience or one of a friends, where when moving house everything has gone wrong. From the packing, through to underestimating how much stuff you have and how long it takes to move. Or even things getting broken en route.

That’s where removalists come in. So what exactly is a removalist? Some might call them magicians who handle getting all of your worldly possession from A to B safely and unpack them while they’re at it.

What is a removalist?

As well as rescuing you from the pain of packing and moving, removalists are professional movers who can look after everything from packing up your home, transporting all of your belongings and unpacking them in your new home.

Removalist costs

Like any service, cost will vary depending on your needs, where you’re moving from and to and how much stuff you have.

Many removalists charge by the hour, whereas interstate removalists tend to charge by cubic metres or on the amount of items/boxes you have.

On average, you can expect the cost of moving to fall somewhere between $300 and $3,500.

“Quotes are likely to range from $75 to $300 an hour – and may or may not include insurance or packing materials – so you really need to clarify all this when you get a quote,” says

“For around $250 an hour, you can include premium insurance to cover damage caused during packing and unpacking your belongings.”

Many removalists feature calculators on their websites, to help you add up the cost of your move. The final fee will depend on how many rooms are included and whether heavy or awkward items are included. says you can expect to be charged in the region of:

  • $110/hr for moving small items, using 2 movers and taking 2 – 3 hours
  • $125/hr for a 1 bedroom apartment, using 2 movers and taking 3 – 5 hours
  • $175/hr for a small 3 bedroom apartment, using 3 movers and taking 4 – 6 hours
  • $245/hr for a large 3 bedroom home, using 4 movers and taking 6 – 8 hours
  • $315/hr, for large family home, 4+ bedrooms using 5 movers and taking 7 – 9 hours

Removal insurance and what to ask your removalist?

Packing up and moving all of your possessions from one place to another is a mammoth task and leaving the responsibility of all of your worldly belongings in the hands of someone else, isn’t a decision you should take lightly.

Make sure you check their reputation, read reviews and ask questions – including does their service include insurance.

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