Best Furniture Removalists
If you think back to the last time you moved house, you’ll probably remember the chaos and stress of the whole experience - but getting a trusty furniture removalist to move your things with care could change your mind about moving.
Rather than simply opting for the first cheap removalist near you that you find, looking out for a company’s customer service, efficiency, level of insurance and accreditation can help ensure your next move is as painless as it can be.
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Latest review: Vlad and hedgehog where amazing, couldn't ask for more. We had Vlad and Alex from safe removalist move our 3 bedroom house from Newcastle to Wollongong with very short notice and also during the
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Latest review: Well organised . Good serviceAnd professional . Long distance but get it done very quickly. Work has been done according to my instructions. Very happy to get their service. It is cheaper than
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Latest review: The guys were really friendly, efficient and respectful. A 2-bed unit to a 2-bed 2-story townhouse, and they moved the items upstairs which is never easy with care and
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Latest review: This was our second move with the Moving Man and it went smoothly yet again. The professionalism of all team members was outstanding, no request was too big and everything was done with a smile (or
Latest review: We stored an entire 2 bed house for 2 years, and taxibox was a great, cost effective solution. Our delivery driver (the German guy if you're reading this, taxibox) had a very helpful can-do attitude
Latest review: Great service and a big move from Sydney to Dubbo on my own during a lockdown. I really needed some extra help and support which you both provided. Thanks so much. Highly recommended!
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Latest review: 3 bedroom house. Hendra house to storage in Virginia. Removalists we’re on time, worked quickly and thoroughly, were respectful and helpful. I will use Brisk Transport to move my furniture into my n
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Caloundra Removals and Storage operates primarily on the Sunshine Coast – but also does efficient interstate removals between Brisbane, Sydney, the Sunshine Coast and Melbourne.
Latest review: Ashtons a truly a professional removals company, we have used different companies over the years on the Gold Coast and Ashtons would have to be the best. Fixed quote arrived on time and carried out
Latest review: This is the sixth move with MenthatMove by our family members, including the recent one (on 5 July, 2021) which is the first for my wife and I. From the ease of receiving a quote; responsiveness to
Latest review: I would give them zero stars if I could. i had a horrible experience that's left me feeling awful Do not use them. Thieves dishonest unprofessional Customer service does not exist for these highly
Latest review: The removalists came on time, were well organised and friendly. I had a furniture, etc in a house for a 2 bedroom unit. They also assembled furniture for me. The whole process went smoothly. With a
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Latest review: We were moved by Steve and another colleague from a 2 bedroom apartment to a 2 bedroom apartment on Wednesday 30th June. The two men worked tirelessly and were careful when packing and moving the
Latest review: Go with AAA, don't have to worry from start to finish. Next time I will consider the wrapping and packing as well. Office people VERY polite and helpful, ticking all boxes (thanks Andrew!l). For your
Latest review: We have just been moved by OSS from Gold Coast, Qld, to Hamilton, NZ. We had mainly personal effects, appliances, camping and outdoor gear. The pick-up was one day late, however this was due to
Latest review: I can't thank Tony and his team enough for helping us get donations to a depot to be forwarded interstate. They were so efficient and on time when collecting the donation boxes. It was such a
Latest review: This was the second move I've made with A2B and, once again, they did not disappoint. Stuart and Douglas arrived promptly and worked efficiently to uplift from my 3 x 2 in Balga to my new home in
Latest review: If this is the same removalist with contact no: (02) 8761 6380, then I am not recommending to book their service. I was originally scheduled at 12NN. Someone called me and asked if it can be moved
Latest review: Thanks Amar and Team for moving us today. We had several pieces of furniture that need dismantling and even had a gate taken out to move our shed. Nothing was to much for them. On time, polite,
Latest review: After receiving more quotes than I care to remember, I chose Move My Stuff to help with my move from a small, 1-bedroom unit in Richmond to Southbank apartment (~3.5km) back in May. I opted to move
What do furniture removalists do?
Furniture removalists remove and move household and office furniture to different locations - this can be anywhere from between two places in the same suburb to between two places in the same state, territory, or country, and sometimes even internationally.
They generally come to the pick-up address, remove furniture and other goods, and load them into the removal vehicle (usually a van or truck) before transporting them to the move-in site and unloading them there.
However there’s more to furniture removal than the name suggests.
Furniture removalist services sometimes also offer the following:
- Inspection of the pick-up premises to determine what needs to be moved.
- Packing and labelling items when required.
- Unpacking boxes.
- Hiring boxes, cartons, and other moving containers.
- Cleaning services.
- Moving pets and/or plants.
- Storage for furniture or other items at their own or a third-party storage facility.
- Clearing out unwanted items and moving them to a donation facility or the tip.
Is it worth hiring a furniture removalist?
That depends on what resources you have available to you at the time of your move. If you have plenty of time to spare, the right vehicle, and don’t mind doing the heavy lifting yourself, then you may find that outsourcing this work isn’t worth the cost.
- Less stress. The stress of coordinating and executing a move can be difficult, and movers can take over this process for you. You also don’t need to worry about putting friendships to the test by roping in your mates or family to help you.
- Movers are trained to move all types of items. Having experienced, professional movers means they’ll know how to move items that are more fiddly to transport - such as that huge couch or piano that you’re scratching your head over.
- Less time consuming. You won’t have to worry about constant back and forth trips between our old home and new home - a mover can usually do it all in one trip.
- Don't need your own equipment. To do your own move, you may need to borrow a van, or buy or borrow equipment like a hand trolley or lifting straps to move heavier items, and surface guards or furniture mover pads to protect your floors when you drag items over it. Hiring a removalist means you don’t need to worry about getting these extra tools, as they’ll have everything needed.
- Less physically demanding. Movers are physically fit and will do all the heavy lifting for you, so in many cases you’ll barely have to lift a finger. If you experience chronic pain, back pain, or another physical condition, you may want to sit a DIY furniture removal out.
- More expensive. The removalist cost is often the main (and sometimes only) reason many people don’t enlist professional help. For many, the repeated car trips in between homes to save that extra cost is worth it - you’ll have to think about the trade-off and see whether you value your money or time more.
- Can be difficult entrusting your belongings to strangers. You may have valuable and sentimental items, such as family heirlooms, antiques, or fragile items that make it difficult for you to hand over to movers - and even if you don’t, you may still be concerned about the safety of your things. That’s why finding a reputable mover is so important.
What to look for in a furniture removal company
A good place to start when trying to figure out the reputability of a mover is by asking around - word of mouth will be as good as gold in your search.
Read the latest reviews to find out more about a company’s level of customer service, whether the movers arrived on time for the job, and how well they performed a job.
Having the weight of positive reviews about a removalist’s great service behind them can help you rest a little easier during the moving day stress.
Some companies also offer socially distanced furniture removal services to keep in accordance with any relevant COVID-19 restrictions.
Furniture removalists don’t require a specific certification in order to do their job, but for some people, knowing that their mover is subject to certain checks can give them peace of mind when entrusting them with their belongings.
The Australian Furniture Removers Association (AFRA) audits its members and has a code of conduct that outlines removal training, practices and standards that accredited movers must undertake and abide by. You can consult their website to find a removalist that complies with the organisation’s regulations.
While all reputable furniture movers will do everything they can to ensure your belongings are safely moved from A to B, the reality is is that not everything is in our control and accidents can and do happen.
An insured removalist is more likely to be a safe removalist. Considering you want your items to be delivered intact, you should only book an insured mover.
Consider the following questions when shopping around for a furniture removalist - bonus points for movers who have their level of insurance listed clearly on their website.
- Do they have public liability insurance?
- Are the transported goods insured? What happens if goods are damaged or lost? Movers should be able to confidently provide you with a ‘replace or reimburse’ guarantee.
- Is their vehicle insured?
How much does it cost for furniture removals?
Before shopping around for a home or office removalist, you should take note of your contents so you can give a mover an idea of what needs to be transported to get a more accurate removalist quote and see if they can feasibly do the job.
Different home removalists will charge differently, but most will either charge by the hour or quote you for the entire job, often from how long it takes to leave their base for the job until the time it takes them to return to the base after the job’s completion.
Removalist prices will vary depending on a few factors:
- Type of move. Are you after a single item removal, moving a few pieces of furniture, the contents of a room, or a whole home? The more you have to move, the more you will need to pay, particularly if you need a truck removalist rather than a van or the removalist company needs to send out multiple people to do the move.
- Type of property you’re moving from and into. If you’re moving from or into an upper floor apartment - particularly one without an elevator - then you’ll likely need to fork out more than if you’re moving from or into a single story house.
- Distance between pick-up and move-in addresses. The longer the mover will be on the road travelling from one location to the other, the more you’ll have to pay.
- Date of move. Keep in mind that you may be charged a surcharge for moving on a weekend or public holiday.
- Time of move. Take the timing of your move into consideration and try to book a removalist when road traffic will be lightest to help you keep your costs down and ensure a (relatively) speedy move.
Many removalist websites will offer online estimates to help you determine a rough cost, and then can provide you with a more detailed quote once you send them more information about your specific move.
You should try and get at least 3 different quotes from different local removalists to see how much you should expect to pay to move your things as well as to ensure you’re getting a good deal. This however doesn’t necessarily mean you should go with the cheapest quote, as you should look for value and level of service above all else.
If you’re doing a long-distance move, consider looking into backloading services to reduce costs - it’s often the cheapest way to move furniture interstate.
Backloading refers to when your belongings are loaded onto a vehicle that is returning empty back to the city it originally came from - it’s simply taking advantage of a truck that’s in the right place at the right time.
It usually means you’ll only really have to pay for a one-way rather than a return trip, or you may even only need to pay for the space that your belongings occupy on the moving vehicle.
This is usually a more viable option for those who can be more flexible with their move date, as they’ll have to wait for when the vehicle is passing through their area.
Preparing for your removalist
Removalists can usually only do a good job if you’re also pulling your weight in the lead up to and on the moving day. Here are a few tips to help you organise yourself and your things so that the movers can be efficient.
- Have your things packed in secure, clearly labelled boxes. Highlight any fragile items or items that are special to you to ensure that they’re handled with extra care.
- Disassemble furniture if required, and empty and defrost your fridge ahead of time.
- Ensure you also have someone at the move-in address to let the movers into the property and provide direction with unloading.
- Make sure that there’s adequate parking for the removalist vehicle at both addresses. If you have your own vehicle, you could park it in a large space the night before to ‘reserve’ the spot for your mover, or even get permission from a neighbour to use their driveway. Doing this can prevent you racking up a fine or angering your new neighbours if the removalist has to double park.
- Label any packed boxes with the room they should be moved into to save time and help you locate items easily.
Packing up your life and moving can be a significant milestone for many people, and having professionals there to help you can help make the process as smooth as possible. However, everyone's moves are different, so deciding whether a mover is the right option for you is ultimately up to you.