Last updated: 2nd Jul 2018

Cost to Move House (and interview with our friends at Asky Moves)

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 Cutting to the chase,  what does it cost to move house, and what do you need to arrange to make your move a success. 

The first 2 services you’ll typically need are a Furniture Removalist Company and a House Cleaner. If you are a tenant and ending your lease, you’ll want a cleaner that will guarantee your bond will be refunded

Furniture removal prices from real customers

Peter from NSW: 2 bedroom unit in Darlinghurst to 2 bedroom unit in Roseville
Job details: Moving 2 sofas, kitchen tables and six chairs, kitchen wall unit, washing machine, and fridge and freezer from a unit in Darlinghurst to another unit in Roseville
Quote details: Overall price includes a driver and a truck
TOTAL COST: $800
Johnty from Melbourne: Interstate move to Sydney
Job details: Moving from Melbourne to Sydney. Johnty did the packing himself. Moving company charged $2500 ex GST
TOTAL COST: $2500
Petros from QLD: Pickup and Delivery
Job details: Office move. 10 person office, computers, desks, chairs, tvs and miscellaneous items
Quote details: Includes two men and a 3-tonne truck
TOTAL COST: $1,000

Where do these prices come from?

All prices stated in this article are based on FY 2018 pricing data compiled by ServiceSeeking.com.au. The figures resulted from a comprehensive analysis of quotes submitted by Removalists and Cleaners on the site.
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Asky Moves in Victoria are available anytime after 8am 7 days a week. Their charges are affordable, with 2 men and a 5 or 6ton truck for $79/hr. They also charge 30mins travel and have a minimum 2 hour commitment. Asky Moves has been providing professional removal services for the past 16 years and offer customised services for each single customer. No job is too big or too small. There are are no hidden charges, petrol fees, blanket fees or depot to home fees. Their quote includes Public Liability Insurance & Transit Insurance.

We asked Asky Moves how they calculate their fees. “Trucks have a minimum charge of 2 hours START TIME. The clock starts once the men arrive at your property. The clock ends once the men lock the truck and finish unloading all the items at the drop-off address. We come fully equipped with blankets, trollies, dollies, rachets disassembling tools.”

House Cleaning and End of Lease Cleaning prices from real customers

Sometimes you need to spend a little in order to save and this is definitely the case when it comes to hiring professionals to do your end of lease cleaning or move out cleaning.

End of lease cleaners on ServiceSeeking.com.au start from just $30 per hour, with the average hourly rate around the $35 mark. If you’re after an all inclusive package you can expect to pay a flat fee of $200-300.

What do you get for your money?

For $300 you’ll get an average sized two-bedroom place scrubbed from top to bottom – including that all-important toilet, oven and stove top.

In addition to the “basics,” this amount typically includes your doors, walls and windows spot cleaned, as well as carpet steam cleaning.

Quotes obviously vary according to the size of the house and the extent of the work needing to be done. For a larger three-bedroom house expect to pay around the $400-500 mark.

And don’t be frightened into thinking you’ll be forking out for a complete two days of work for an end of lease clean. While it may take you that long to get your place in order, a professional will power through it in a fraction of the time.

Jane from NSW: 2 bedroom apartment
Job details: Thorough cleaning, oven, stove top, rangehood, windows, car park. 
TOTAL COST: $250
Ange from WA: 3 bedroom end of lease clean
Job details: 3 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms, windows, kitchen, floors, walls
TOTAL COST: $450
Dervish from QLD: 4 bedroom house
Job details: 4 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms, garden, windows, kitchen, floor tiles, rangehood, oven. 
TOTAL COST: $500
Martin from SA: 1 bedroom unit
Job details: Bond guarantee, oven, rangehood, ceiling, walls, bathroom. Shower was especially dirty and received extra attention. 
TOTAL COST: $200

Four factors that “move” costs up or down

1. Moving interstate

If you’re moving interstate, furniture removalists will charge a minimum of $1500 to move your gear. The average cost of an interstate move is $3k on ServiceSeeking. As an average,  a 3 bedroom home being relocated from Sydney to Melbourne would cost between $2500 and $3000.The cheapest price you will pay to move a minimum load between Australian states will generally start from $1000. 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. .

2. How many rooms does your house have?

Each extra room will add extra cost. From a moving standpoint, add another $300 per room for furniture removalists and $200 for each extra room for bond cleaning. 

3. What type of vehicle do you need (furniture removalists)?

Hiring a small ute doesn’t mean lesser costs. Assess the quantity of items that will be moved and figure out which type of vehicle has the capacity to carry your belongings. If you’re moving lots of large furniture, you may end up paying more if you use a small vehicle as there will be more trips required to move all of your items.

4. Will there be an additional cost for transit insurance?

Some businesses don’t include the cost of transit insurance in their quotes, so make sure to clarify any additional fees that may be incurred. Transit insurance may raise your expenses, but this can save you from unexpected costs in case your items break during the move. 

Pricing information correct as at 1 July 2018.

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