Moving Costs in Australia: A Comprehensive Guide

How Much Do Removalists Cost In Australia?

If you’re planning to move locally or long-distance in Australia, the choices you make will naturally be centred around removalist costs. Relocating is already an expensive undertaking, and once you realise how many little (and big) practicalities it takes to safely get your belongings from A to B, you’ll be paying a lot more attention to your budget.

In this whitepaper, we’re going to take a deeper look at moving costs in Australia, how they vary per region, how much the industry is worth, what choices impact the overall price, and how you can get yourself a move that doesn’t hit your wallet where it hurts.

1. What Are Removalists?

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Before getting into the details, let’s just take a quick moment to understand what removalists are, and what they do. Removalists are professionals who help people move their belongings from one place to another.

They are also known as ‘movers’ or ‘moving experts’ and typically use specialised equipment and moving trucks to transport belongings safely and efficiently for families and moving professionals. There are many benefits to using removalists such as:

What Services Do Removalists Offer?

Full-service removalists offer various levels of assistance, including:

For more information on what ZOOM Removals offer, review our moving services page.

Why Are Removalist Costs Important To Consider?

Removalist costs are very important to consider, as they can have a significant impact on your moving budget. Each removalist company will offer different prices based on several factors such as the distance of your move, the size and weight of your belongings and the types of belongings that you are moving to your new destination.

Some of the key reasons why it’s important to consider removalist costs include the following:

Ensuring You Have Enough Budget For Your Move: Moving can be a costly endeavour and as a result, it’s important to factor in all of the services you are going to be using with your removalist in advance, to avoid any financial surprises on moving day.

To Avoid Overpaying: There are hundreds of different removalist companies available and with so much choice, it’s difficult to tell which companies are overcharging. As a result, it’s recommended to compare quotes from multiple removalist companies before making a final decision on which one you’re going to use for the best possible deal.

To Get The Right Service For Your Moving Needs: Not every removalist company will offer the services that you need. You might need a company that specialises in moving your belongings interstate not every company may offer this. With this in mind, it’s important to decide on a company that offers the services that you need at a good price.

2. Removalist Cost Stats And Facts

According to the data from IBISWorld, here’s what the removalist industry in Australia looks like at the writing of this whitepaper.

2.1. Total estimated value and annual change from 2010-2028.

2.2. Products & Services Segmentation

Industry revenue broken down by key product and service lines.


Interstate and long-distance transport ($786.2m)

Local moving ($581.3m)

Warehousing and storage ($258.4m)

Other services ($219.6m)

3. Factors Influencing Removalist Costs

One of the most common questions that people have when planning to move is how much does a removalist cost.

The answer is not simple, as many factors can affect the price of moving services.

Here are some of them:

3.1. Hourly Rates Or Fixed Charge?

There are two broad ways in which removalists charge for their services. Here are the pros and cons of each:

Hourly rates:

  • You only pay for the time spent on your move, so you can save money on quick jobs.
  • Because you can decide on stop and start times, you have more control over the move.
  • You’re not locked into a fixed price, eliminating the risk of overpaying if the move takes longer than expected.
  • You only pay for the time spent on your move, so you can save money on quick jobs
  • Because you can decide on stop and start times, you have more control over the move.
  • You’re not locked into a fixed price, eliminating the risk of overpaying if the move takes longer than expected.

Fixed Price Quotes

  • You know exactly how much your move will cost, so there are no surprises.
  • You can compare quotes from different removalists more easily.
  • You’re less likely to have to pay for additional services, which are usually included in a fixed price.
  • You only pay for the time spent on your move, so you can save money on quick jobs
  • Because you can decide on stop and start times, you have more control over the move.
  • You’re not locked into a fixed price, eliminating the risk of overpaying if the move takes longer than expected.

3.2. Which One Should You Choose?

The best type of quote for you will depend on your individual circumstances and preferences. If you’re on a tight budget, an hourly rate may be the best option as you can save money on included extras you don’t need. But, if you do want extra services and more certainty about the cost, a fixed price quote may be a better choice.

For example:

3.3. How To Compare Removal Quotes From Multiple Removalist Services

4. How Much Do Removalists Cost? Average Costs

4.1. By Home Size And Distance

Home Size


Hourly Rate

Cubic Meter Rate

Item Rate

1-bedroom apartment





2-bedroom apartment





3-bedroom house





4-bedroom house





1-bedroom apartment





2-bedroom apartment





3-bedroom house





4-bedroom house





Please note that these are just average removalist cost and the actual price of your move may vary depending

4.2. Extra Services

The following removalist costs are broad estimates and are best used as an indication – the individual needs, circumstances, and company will affect the final price.

removalist costs breakdown

4.3. Average Cost Of Removalists By Location: Different Australian States


Local (per hour)

Interstate (per job)

New South Wales

$100 – $400

$360 – $1,700


$100 – $400

$350 – $1,600


$100 – $400

$360 – $1,700

Western Australia

$100 – $400

$150 – $6,000

South Australia

$80 – $400

$280 – $1,600


$100 – $300

$350 – $1,500

Australian Capital Territory

$80 – $300

$510 – $1,700

Northern Territory

$100 – $400

$1,500 – $5,000

4.4. Removalist Costs By Service


Average Cost

Interstate Moving Costs

$2,000 to $5,000 for a three-bedroom house

Hire Movers For Special Jobs

Varies depending on the type and complexity of the job

Small Removals

$75 per hour for one mover and a van

One Item Removals

$50 to $150 per item

Heavy Furniture Movers

$100 to $200 per hour for two movers and a truck

Removal Storage

$100 to $200 per month for a standard storage unit. For more information, read our article on storage unit costs

Packers And Movers

$80 to $120 per hour for two packers and a truck

Removals Insurance

$25 to $50 per $10,000 of cover

Last-Minute Removals

$150 to $250 per hour for two movers and a truck

Man And A Van

$60 to $80 per hour for one mover and a van

Fragile Removals

$100 to $150 per hour for two movers and a truck, plus extra fees for packing materials and special handling

End Of Lease Cleaning

$200 to $400 for a three-bedroom house

Home Removalists

$100 to $150 per hour for two movers and a truck

Backloading Removals

$50 to $100 per cubic meter, depending on the distance and availability

Long Distance Removalists

$1,000 to $3,000 for a three-bedroom house, depending on the distance and mode of transport

Mattress Removal Cost

$50 to $100 per mattress

Fridge Removal Cost

$80 to $120 per fridge

Hot Tub Removal Cost

$300 to $500 per hot tub

Pool Table Removal Cost

$200 to $400 per pool table

Piano Removal Cost

$250 to $450 per piano

4.5. Specialised Moves And Their Costs

Moving often involves more than books, clothes, pots and pans: sometimes there are speciality items which need a little extra care and equipment to safely relocate.

Assuming that the size, weight, protective packaging, and required distance of the item will scale with price, here’s what they might cost:

5. Ways To Save Money On Moving

As there are so many aspects that go into a move, it is possible to save on your budget in certain areas. Here’s what you can do:

Pack your own cargo

Move some bits yourself

Disassemble what you can

Have a good parking spot ready

Move off-peak

Shop around

Important! Hiring reputable is crucial to avoid scams and damages. Some companies may charge hidden fees, cancel bookings at the last minute, damage or lose your items, or even steal your belongings. To avoid these risks, always check reviews, ratings, credentials (such as AFRA accreditation), and insurance coverage of the removalist company before you hire them. You should also insist on a contract that clearly states the terms and conditions of the service and the total cost of the move.

5.1. Is It Worth Moving On Your Own?

There’s no doubt about it: moving can be a stressful and expensive process to the point where you wonder if you’re better off handling it by yourself. There are pros and cons of doing this – all of which depend on your individual circumstances.

  • Save money on labour, vehicles, and transportation costs.
  • More control and flexibility over your moving schedule and process. CD – You get the peace of mind of packing your own highly valuable items
  • Moving is a great opportunity to declutter your belongings. When you pack your belongings, you can get rid of anything you don’t need or use.
  • Moving yourself can take a lot of time and effort, as you’ll need to pack, load, drive, unload, and unpack.
  • It’s more stressful to move yourself, with many aspects to think about and organise.
  • Moving can be dangerous with the risk of injury from lifting heavy objects or falling.
  • You might end up damaging your items if you pack and move them yourself.

Here’s a general idea of when one option is better than the other:


Hiring removalists

You’re moving a short distance or within the same city.

You’re moving long-distance or interstate.

You’re moving a small number of items or a one-bedroom apartment.

You’re moving a large number of items or a big house.

You’re on a tight budget or want to save money.

You’re limited in time.

You have plenty of time and flexibility.

You don’t have a large enough vehicle.

You have access to a suitable vehicle and packing materials.

You’re moving very heavy or specialist items.

You have friends or family who can help you with the move.

You have physical limitations on what you can carry.

6. Summing Up

We’ve covered a lot in this whitepaper, so here’s everything we’ve looked at.

6.1 Resources and tools

Ultimate Moving Checklist: Get an easy-to-follow guide on how to pack smart.

Removalist Cost Calculator: Put together estimated costs for your home removal

Interstate Moving Cost Calculator Australia: Going interstate? There’s a calculator for that too.

Moving Trends Statistics Sydney: Find out about moving trends, the most expensive suburbs, and more. The ZOOM removals blog – is regularly updated with tips that get you moving with ease. The Australian Furniture Removers Association – where you can find reputable and regulated companies.

Let’s get moving

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We hope that this whitepaper on moving costs in Australia has been helpful.

At ZOOM, we know everything there is to know about moving, and whether you want a full-service relocation service, or just help with particular aspects, get in touch with us at ZOOM Removals.

We are AFRA-accredited, top-rated Sydney removalists, and have helped thousands of people move across the country, or just down the road.

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