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Removalist Cost Calculator: How much does it cost to move home in 2024?

See what it costs to move in your city. Plus get quick, accurate quotes for local and interstate moves tailored to your needs and on a schedule that suits you.
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Removalist Cost Calculator: How much does it cost to move home in 2024?

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With the rising cost of living and increased housing market pressures, talks of affordability have been front and centre for many Australians looking to relocate.

In this article we're providing a rundown of what you can expect to pay for a local or interstate move, plus a handy cost calculator to get an idea of what you would pay to move based on your furniture and belongings.

How much does it cost to move home?

The average cost to move home in Australia for a 2-bed unit is $1,758 and for a 3-bed house is $2,212. However, this greatly depends on how much furniture and belongings you're moving, and the distance of the relocation. 

2-bed unit - Average moving cost by city

City Average cost
Melbourne $1,678
Adelaide $1,702
Brisbane $1,713
Sydney $1,785
Perth $1,841
Canberra $1,823

3-bed house - Average moving cost by city

City Average cost
Melbourne $2,140
Adelaide $2,131
Brisbane $2,150
Sydney $2,211
Perth $2,208
Canberra $2,336

Removalist cost calculator 

Using the calculator below, add your furniture items and the estimated number of moving boxes to see how much truck space you require. You can use this info to get accurate quotes from moving companies.

Average cubic meters by house size

Studio/ 1-bed unit 25 cubic meters
2-bed unit 25 to 30 cubic meters
3-bed unit 35 to 40 cubic meters
3-bed house 35 to 45 cubic meters
4-bed house 50 to 60 cubic meters
5+bed house 65+ cubic meters

What factors influence moving costs?

If you're planning a move, there are two factors that have the most influence on cost, these are:

  • Distance
  • Amount of stuff (furniture and belongings)

Distance

The likelihood is you've got your sights set on a new home already, or at least the area you're looking to move to, so the distance of your relocation is not something you can influence.

Removalists typically charge hourly rates, so the longer the distance, the higher the cost. Moving companies may add charges for road tolls, fuel, and possibly overnight stays for longer distances or interstate moves.

Amount of stuff

The second factor is the amount of furniture and belongings you need to relocate.

For a small local move, you may be able to rope in friends and family, hire a van, and take a DIY approach. However, a word of warning. Many people who opt for the DIY route underestimate how much work is involved and, on reflection, think, 'We should have just hired a moving company'.

Hiring a moving company will save you significant time and effort and make your move much smoother and more enjoyable.

Generally speaking, the more stuff you have, the more it will cost you. Moving companies offer packing, loading, transportation, and unloading services. For larger or more complex moves, especially when moving valuable or delicate items, professional movers ensure that your belongings are handled with care and expertise.

One tip to help you save on cubit meters, and the cost of moving. Declutter before you move, not after. Here is our guide for items to toss before the move.

What additional service to moving companies offer?

Many removalist companies now offer a variety of additional services, listed below. Check with your choosen company to see what is included and what may incur additional costs.

  • Packing and unpacking 
  • Moveing materials (boxes, blakets, tape)
  • Vehicle transport
  • Moving insurnace
  • Short and long term storage 
  • Cleaning (end-of-lease or moving cleans)

See what help you might need with our complete moving home checklist.

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