Looking to move house in Sydney? Then you will have come across one of the hundreds of moving companies in Sydney that will help you get from A to B without lifting a finger. So, how much does a removalist cost in Sydney and what should you expect to pay based on the size of your property?
In this article, we will look at the factors that impact moving costs, what you can expect to pay based on the size your property, and how you can prepare for your next move.
What are the factors that influence the cost of moving?
There are a number of important factors that influence the cost of removalists in Sydney. When moving with Outer Space, some of the factors that we will consider when providing a quote for removalist services include:
1. The distance between properties
From where you are to where you want to be, our team will calculate the cost of your move based on how far we need to travel for the move. It goes without saying, but the closer the two properties are, the less time it is going to take our team to move between them. If you need a removalist from Bondi to Clovelly, the time it takes our team to travel between destinations could be as little as 10-15-minutes which will significantly reduce the cost of moving in Sydney.
On the flip side, if you are moving from Mascot to Mosman, it could take around an hour to travel between these two destinations (depending on the time of the day and the day of the week). We generally try to arrange moves at off-peak times so that our team can get in quickly and travel between your start point and finish point in as little time as possible.
2. The number of removalists required
The number of removalists that you need to complete your move will play a factor in calculating the cost of removalist services in Sydney. Depending on the size of your property, we may be able to load and unload your goods with only two helping hands (this is our base service). If you have large or bulky objects or your property is difficult to access, then we may require another set of helping hands to complete the move. Based on the details that you provide us with, removalists will be able to put together the best team for the job.
3. Stairs, elevators, obstacles
When it comes to moving your goods, the cost of your move will come down to the amount of time that it takes to get everything into the truck and unloaded at the other end of the trip. Generally, if removalists are climbing stairs, it can add a couple of hours to the time it takes to complete the job. It’s important to remember that removalists are human – if they are going up and down stairs all day then they will tire, and things may slow down as the day wears on.
If removalists need to climb stairs or cram things into a residential lift, then you can expect that the move will take longer than a single-story dwelling. Removalists will ask for details around accessibility and the types of objects that they are moving in order to provide you with the most accurate quote for your move.
4. Packing and unpacking goods
Depending on how hands on or hands off you want to be, removalists can pack and unpack your goods for you. For busy working professionals, it may make sense to have a team of removalists pack your goods so that you don’t have to take a day off work and worry about the logistics of packing up your house. For those living in a smaller property or wanting to reduce the cost of moving in Sydney as much as possible, it might make more sense to pack your own belongings.
Generally speaking, goods that are neatly packed away in boxes and clearly marked with weight are much easier to move than loose goods or goods that are thrown into bags. Removalists are able to speed through a job when things are well packed and ready to go. At the end of the day, paying removalists comes down to time, the less that you choose to be involved, the more that you can expect to pay.
5. Driveway and property accessibility
Having access to a driveway or off-street parking can significantly reduce the amount of time that movers need to spend travelling between the truck and your property. If you have off-street parking that is on your property, then you can expect that movers will be able to move much faster than if they are parking 20-30m down the street and walking between the truck each time.
If you live in an apartment with a shared driveway, it is worth notifying your neighbours ahead of time so that you can book driveway access for the movers. By doing this, you can significantly reduce the cost of your move and make things easier for removalists.
6. The size of your property
Larger properties mean more rooms and more packing. It goes without saying that a home with 2-3 living rooms and 2-3 bedrooms is going to take much longer to pack and move than a home with one bedroom and a single living space. The number of furnishings at the property as well as the weight of the goods will also dictate the amount of time that movers need to spend packing and unpacking goods.
How much does a removalist in Sydney cost?
The cost of removalists in Sydney ranges from $120 per hour for two removalists with a van up to $185 per hour for three removalists with a 4.5-tonne truck. Removalists charge by the hour which means that the total cost of your move will depend on the amount of time that is taken to complete the job.
A small studio apartment may cost as little as $240 (including GST), while a large four-bedroom home could cost in excess of $1,000 (including GST). The cost of removalists in Sydney will be determined by the amount of time that is required to complete the move.
Average cost of removalists by property size in Sydney
Removalists will charge by the amount of time required to complete your move. The below guide is for indicative purposes and will provide some insight on the average cost of moving by home size in Sydney.
Studio Apartment – 2-3 Hours
1 Bedroom Apartment – 2-4 Hours
2 Bedroom Apartment – 3-5 hours
3 Bedroom Apartment – 3-6 hours
1 Bedroom, 2 Storey Terrace – 2-4 hours
2 Bedroom, 2 Storey Terrace – 4-6 Hours
3 Bedroom, 2 Storey Terrace – 5-7 Hours
4 Bedroom Home – 7-10 Hours
5+ Bedroom home – 8 – 12 Hours
*These times are for indicative purposes only. The amount of time and cost to move will depend on the factors outlined above.
Cheap vs. expensive Sydney removalists – which should I choose?
There are more than enough companies that advertise on Gumtree and Airtasker claiming to offer the cheapest removalists services in Sydney. In many cases, these companies have 1-2 people working and underquote based on the details that you provide. Once they arrive at your property, they will then take their time, run out the clock, and then charge you an extra fee for each half hour that passes over the estimated deadline.
Reputable removalists companies should be able to provide you with a rough estimate based on the size of your property and the number of boxes and large items that need to be moved. Removalists charge on an hourly basis which means that the most effective way to keep your costs down is to prepare and ensure that the process is as easy as possible for the removalists.
When it comes to choosing a removal company for your next move, we recommend that you work with a company that has positive online reviews to back up the jobs that they have completed. Outer Space Removals has hundreds of Google reviews from satisfied customers that have employed our services. Request a quote to find out how we can make your next move hassle-free.