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Cost of interstate removals

Last updated: 30th May 2019

Moving house is exhausting and expensive, more so if you’re relocating from one state to another. That is why careful planning is essential to ensure things can go efficiently and on schedule. The cheapest price you will pay to move a minimum load between Australian states will generally start from $400. Prices are usually charged by professional interstate removalists as a formula of travel distance x space of items, however other factors such as very bulky and heavy furniture, special equipment and remote destinations will also factor into the price. As a guide, the average cost of moving furniture from a 3 bedroom family home between Sydney and Melbourne will generally range between $1,500 – $3,000.

However, apart from checking the practical aspects of your move, you should also keep your expenses within budget. Make sure that you have an idea about the current pricing for interstate furniture removals as well as the factors that can influence these rates.

Hear from an expert

According to Andersen of CNW International Removalists, interstate removals can go from about $2,000 to around $3,000 for Brisbane and Melbourne. Prices are mainly based on distance, so these can sometimes go lower for shorter interstate travels. Andersen also notes that the size and weight of items, as well as the floor levels and steps, can affect the overall cost of a job.

Interstate furniture removal prices from real customers

Adam: From NSW to Vic
Job details: He needed help moving a two-bedroom apartment, which includes a bed and drawers. Access at the pick-up point was via stairs, and access at the drop-off was from the street.
Other details: Price included two men and a truck as well as Goods in Transit Insurance.
TOTAL COST: $1,700
Ramya: From NSW to Vic
Job details: She needed to move a three-bedroom house, which includes a bed frame, single mattress, washing machine, fridge, four-seat dining set, two bookcases, TV, treadmill, and several big and small pots and plants. Access at the pick-up point was via stairs, and access at the drop-off was from the street.
Other details: Price included two men and a truck and Goods in Transit Insurance.
TOTAL COST: $1,825
Lachlan: From NSW to Vic
Job details: He needed to move a bunch of large items including one king-sized bed and frame, one queen-sized bed and frame, one kitchen table, washer and dryer, fridge, two TVs with cabinets, two sound bars, six dining chairs, four paintings, etc. There were also boxes containing kitchenware, utensils, glasses, books, etc. Both pick-up and drop-off points can be accessed from the street.
Other details: Price included two men and a truck, Goods in Transit Insurance, and 1 – 2 weeks of storage.
TOTAL COST: $2,000

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Main determinants of interstate furniture removal costs

There are businesses offering packaged deals for interstate removals. However, unique circumstances and additional services usually play a huge part in determining a fair and appropriate rate. Here are just some of the primary things that removalists look into when giving a quote:

Distance between pick-up and drop-off points

There is really no fixed rate or price range for interstate furniture removals especially since the distance between specific locations varies. Naturally, a trip from Melbourne to Brisbane will cost more than a trip from, let’s say, Melbourne to Sydney. The former covers a wider distance, so more fuel will be needed and consumed throughout the journey.

Item size, weight, and number

Removalists need to know if you’re moving large furniture or appliances so that they can determine the number of men and the type of truck needed for the job. Typically, businesses offer two men to handle a standard move. However, if you have a lot of stuff that needs to be loaded onto the vehicle or if you want the task to be finished really quickly, you can ask for more hands to do the necessary work. Of course, hiring more than two men to help you move would mean extra costs.

Additional services

If you need storage for your items before they are delivered to the actual destination, no worries because many businesses can provide this as well — but for an extra cost! Make sure to clarify this with your removalist so you won’t be surprised with any additional charges.

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