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Removalist Cost Calculator: How to Calculate Removal Quotes

By · April 11 2022
Removalist Cost Calculator: How to Calculate Removal Quotes

Relocation entails hiring removalists to ensure that your belongings are transferred safely to your new house but we know that the amount of availing of such services would have you spending a lot of money. But should moving really cost a lot of dollars? It depends on what particular services you’ve hired and other factors that influence the quotation.

Whether or not you avail yourself of the multiple services a moving company offers, it is necessary to be aware of the costs that make up the price quotation of the relocation services. This is to ensure that it suits your budget and at the same time, you have spare money for additional expenses that will occur.

Moving companies have a removalist cost calculator on their websites to help you calculate the rates of services altogether.

Removalist Cost Calculator and The Usual Cost of Relocating 

The average cost of a domestic relocation ranges from $800 to $2,500 AUD. Meanwhile, an interstate move falls between $2,100 to $6000 AUD.

Hourly Rates of Movers and Packers

Removalist Cost Calculator

If you’ve preferred to avail yourself of the full-service type of relocation which is quite a costly choice in moving all of your things to your new residence. The mileage between the original location and the destination is a primary consideration when calculating the moving costs of your relocation. The sum of all the weight of your things is another factor in the computation.

It gets more costly if you also include more services that the moving company provides which may or may not be necessary for the relocation. But, if you want to fully ensure that all of your belongings are packed and transported safe and sound, then it is best to avail of such additional services. With these, you may be able to spare yourself from worrying about the condition of your things.

Commonly, the average hourly rate for availing the services of movers is $60 given that the relocation is local but some professional relocation companies offer lower than that. One thing to note with full-service relocation services is that there must be a wide array of services available for you such as the ones listed below:

  • Dismantling and reattaching the larger pieces of furniture or appliances
  • Securing extremely fragile or breakable objects and other valuable items
  • Warehousing of your belongings to safe keep them until your new residence is prepared for housing them
  • Lifting your large and heavy items by utilizing advanced hoisting equipment

Just ensure that you get the right estimate of the relocation expenses from the company that already covers all the additional services that you want to be included.

Influencing Factors of the Price Quotation of Domestic Relocation Services

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Enumerated below are the three things you should remember before jumping to plan out your relocation so you can anticipate best the unexpected things as soon as you’ll get to experience them yourself:

  • Domestic moving costs can differ depending on your point of origin and destination but being prepared for additional costs along the way is highly important to make sure your things arrive at your new house complete and in good condition. Be aware of the moving rates and computations so you can confirm with the company the correct costs to pay.
  • Domestic movers charge their services hourly whatever activity they’ve accomplished. This means that the rate is applicable as soon as they arrive at your old address and begin with their tasks such as packing, loading, and unloading. The rate doesn’t change but the tasks do. Whether the activity is simple or not, they have to be paid accordingly. However, you need to keep track of the duration of their labour so that the computation of their service rates is accurate. If their company permits them to receive tips, you may also give them as an expression of gratitude for offering their services.
  • If you have not heard of a travel fee, this is basically the cost that covers the fuel and driving labour expenses of the company’s personnel. This is another important factor that needs to be considered in calculating moving costs because it accounts for the fuel used and the duration of the workers in reaching your old address to your new one. 

How about doing the packing on your own? Yes, that’s also possible if you have lots of free time and energy to do the organizing, sorting, and packing of your things. That way you get to reduce the moving costs of relocating and just focus your expenses on sending the objects to your new home only.

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One common error most relocation clients face is not being prepared for additional fees that come with the relocation. Since there are moves that may experience certain complications and other unexpected circumstances, companies may need to charge extra. Some of these scenarios include the size and layout of your house which they may find quite difficult in moving your things out. Another is the distance between your old address and the new one. Even the type of things you want to move is a determining factor in these fees.

Additionally, it’s only appropriate to have extra money on hand just in case there are unexpected spending such as replenishing packing supplies or fixing a piece of damaged furniture. Tips are also considered especially when you’re impressed by the work performance of the movers and packers and you want to add to their compensation.

Be mindful that the price quotations the company provides are mere estimates that function to give you a general idea of how the average moving services cost. But in reality, the costs may not stick to what originally was stated since it really depends on the moving situation of your relocation.

To provide a clearer analogy, say, you and your close neighbor are moving to the same location, both of you will still have different overall moving costs due to the following:

  • Both of you do not have similar number and type of belongings that will be transferred
  • Both of you will avail of different services that will depend on your relocation needs
  • Both of you probably may avail moving services from different companies

Factors that Affect the Price Quotation of Interstate Relocation Services

Interstate Relocation Services

One obvious concept that should be understood in this relocation setup is that it is very different from domestic moves due to a lot of factors. An example is the hourly rate arrangement for movers and packers in local moves doesn’t apply to interstate relocation when computing for the moving quotation. It is computed in consideration of these three main factors:

  1. Distance Covered Between Two Addresses

This only means the farther your destination is from your original location, the more expensive your moving costs will be. Since you cannot manipulate the mileage of the two locations, you should focus on the next factors instead.

  1. Total Weight of Your Belongings

The second factor is the weight of all the things you want to bring with you. A similar concept with distance is applied. The larger and bigger the objects, the pricier it gets. So, if you have a lot of huge objects to ship, then expect expensive relocation costs.

To avoid the dilemma of having to pay a lot, the only way is to lessen the number of things to include and instead, focus on bringing the most practical ones so you don’t have to fret over the increasing costs of the relocation.

  1. Extra Relocation Services

The price quotations stated to you by your interstate moving company should encompass the common moving factors and other relocation services that you might need or requested like packing things, dismantling furniture, and hoisting large objects out of the house. Be reminded that you will also be asked for additional fees for shipping large instruments and devices like the piano, paintings, or sculptures.

Conclusion

It is repetitively emphasized that being prepared for additional costs during the move is important to ensure your belongings are delivered completely and safely. Not all moves go according to what was expected, so it is safe to assume that there are unexpected events that may happen along the way and the best response is to be prepared to address them.

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