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Should You Book A Removalist?

Overview: To book, or to not book a removalist

We recommend booking a removalist if your load is above 6 cubic metres as this is generally our minimum requirement. If your load is smaller, either move your items with a trailer, search for a backloads company, or hire an Airtasker.

7 Options to consider before booking a removalist

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If you are unprepared, the cost of moving can spring up on you without much notice. Here are some key things that go into a removals quote:

  • Travel distance
  • Packing materials
  • Vehicle costs (fuel, registration, tolls, etc)
  • Access (are you in an apartment or low-set house?)
  • Insurance

Feel like these costs could be a little much for your move?

You are probably wondering:

“Why is a removalist company telling me not to book a removalist?”

Well, that’s not quite what we’re getting at. For small loads, there are several ways to approach moving. We just want you to choose the best option for your situation. So, if your move is under 6 cubic metres, we’ve compiled a list of alternatives.

1. Airtasker

Airtasker is a site used to source workers for miscellaneous tasks. It is often used when someone wants a job done, but does not have the finances or need for a commercial solution. Some examples of using Airtasker include:

  • Having someone do photography/editing
  • Getting help with gardening
  • Taking items out to the tip
  • Help with moving

Smiling Airtasker girl chopping vegetables

Hiring an Airtasker removalist can cost as little as $70 as seen on their page here. What’s the catch? Generally an Airtasker will get the job done well, but keep in mind that you probably won’t be hiring an accredited removalist. 

This option is perfect for those who only only need a few items to move, but don’t have the time or strength to do it themselves.

2. UHaul

Nissan ute with a Haul trailer driving in the country

UHaul is trailer, ute and lawnmower hire service that allows you to have complete control over how your items are moved. The company has a variety of trailer and ute sizes tailored to fit all needs, so you don’t need a truck license. You may have seen this hire service at your local petrol station. If not, keep an eye out!

Like Airtasker, UHaul can be a very cheap option with some trailers costing $30-$40 for a 3 hour hire. Just make sure you know how to pack a trailer. Load all of the heavy items to the front (car end) and tie everything down. For more information, visit the QLD government’s page on transporting loads. Obviously, make sure your vehicle has a tow bar if you are hiring a trailer.

UHaul is a great option for those wanting to save money by moving items by themselves. Visit their website here.

3. Call a friend with a ute

Always stay mates with someone who has a ute. When it comes to doing a small move, these definitely come in handy. A ute is also going to have a tow bar so if you need some extra pull, you can always pair this option with UHaul! 

Silver Hilux ute on grass with blurred number plate

Before you take your friend out for the day, make sure to get some measurements of the items you’re moving and compare them to the ute tray. Some utes are quite large, but you may run into some trouble if you want to move a 3 seater couch. Be sensible and if you need advice, again, visit the QLD government’s page on transporting loads

Having your mate help you can be a very cheap option as you will be (hopefully) getting mates rates. 

This option is best suited to those who just need an extra set of hands to move a few small items.

4. Courier

General courier holding a red box behind a fountain

So what happens if you are moving to a different town and some of these options no longer become viable? Just about every day we have customers calling in asking us if we can move one or two items. Sewing machines, bikes, surf boards, instruments. If you want to move these sorts of items, think about using a courier.

Some Australian couriers include:

Just remember if you choose to use a courier, you bring the item to a mail centre. They do not pick up the items for you.

This option will be great for those wanting to send a small item to someone else, or if you need 1 or 2 very small items moved.

5. Sell items to make a smaller load

Modern chair with arrow pointing to green dollar sign

We all like to make a bit of extra cash right? Why not make some cash by getting rid of that stuff you don’t really need to move? It is common for removalists to charge in regards to how many cubic metres you have, so if you do choose to use a removalist, you will also save money.

Not sure on how to sell things? Head over to our blog article on How To Sell Second Hand Furniture Online.

6. Search for a backloads company

Matt backloading a removals truck

A backload is when a removalist company uses a small amount of space left over in the back of a truck for a very small job. It is important to note removalists will accept these jobs if and only when it is convenient for them. For this reason, backloads have a significantly cheaper price than normal moves.

This option is ideal for those who want to save a bit of cash, but still want to use a professional service.

7. Research what makes a quality removalist

Feel like all of these option don’t quite meet your requirements? Maybe you should consider booking a removalist. Where to start? 

Back of team back moving book shelf into truck

Here are a few things to conisder when choosing a removalist:

  • Check customer reviews
  • Are they AFRA (Australian Furniture Removers Association) accredited?
  • Do they offer a variety of services (packing, storage, interstate transport)?

1800 Removals offer a full range of interstate/local services for both domestic and commercial customers. Scroll down to the bottom of the page to fill out a quote form, or give us a call!

Let's summarise

Need a re-cap? If you are about to move to a new location but need a little help, here is how we would recommend thinking about it:

  • Sell what you don’t need. It’ll get some cash in your back pocket for whatever service you choose to use. It will also reduce the price of the service.
  • Think, is it small enough to use a courier?
  • Do you have any mates that can help out with their ute?
  • Consider hiring an Airtasker or UHaul trailer/ute
  • Search for a backloads option
  • Get a professional removalist

Hopefully that helps you decide what the best option is for you. If you have any questions or suggestions for a blog article, get in contact with us here.

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1800 Removals specialise in interstate and long distance moves primarily involving Queensland. Australia has a unique variety of weather conditions, roads and locations that all of our members have experience with.


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