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Local Moving Costs

How Much Does Moving Really Cost?

how much does moving really cost?

When moving locally, it can be easy to assume it will be cheaper to do it yourself. But is moving your home on your own worth the hassle? WridgWays can help you get a better idea of the costs involved in moving locally, so you can plan your move easily.

Want to know more about local moving costs? Get a removal quote from WridgWays today!

What to think about before you move

There are so many things to think about when you move that it’s best to start planning early. Before the big day, you need to work out what will be moved. If you want to get rid of some of your belongings, it might be a good idea to hire a skip bin. You also need to decide if you are moving by yourself or hiring a professional removalist. This can be a tricky decision with local moves, especially if you are moving nearby.

These are the things you need to consider:

What local moving costs

Although local moving costs will change for everyone, you can easily work out an estimate. The more items and bedrooms you have, the higher the cost will be. If you hire a van or truck yourself, it will cost around $70 an hour, while most professional removalists charge $130 an hour. If you want everything packed, moved, and unpacked by professional removalists, the price will be higher.

These are the average local moving costs based on house size:

Different add-ons

With every move, you can choose to customise the services available to suit your needs. If you know you have very valuable goods, you might want moving insurance. This will protect your goods during transit and while they are packed. Storing your belongings in a secure storage facility is another option. This will keep your belongings safe until you’re ready to move into your new home.

Other options for local moving add-ons include:

The risks of cheap removalists

If you’re thinking about choosing a removalist based on price, consider the risks involved with cheap removalists. When you move with a company that isn’t certified or trained properly there is a higher chance of your goods being damaged or lost. With backloading companies, it is also likely that your belongings won’t be collected at all. Many Australians have complained that these companies never show up for a pre-booked move, or arrive several days late.

Still thinking of hiring cheap removalists? Consider the following risks:

mocing locally cost

Why professional removalists are best

To get the best quality service for your move, it is best to choose a premium removalist. This will guarantee you that your belongings will get to your new home safely and on time. Choosing a premium removalist will ensure that you get all the extra services that cheap removalists won’t include. You will also have the peace of mind of knowing that the removalists know what they are doing.

These are just some of the reasons why professional removalists are better:

Services1-2 bedroom home cost estimate3-4 bedroom home cost estimate
Insurance$500 – $1,000$1,000 – $2,000
Storage$100 – $200 per month$200 – $400 per month
Rubbish removal$80 – $150$150 – $250
Cleaning$25 – $75$75 – $150
Utility connection$100 – $400$100 – $400
Removalists$320 – $1,200$550 – $2,400
Total$1,125 – $3,025$2,075 – $5,600

While these prices are useful for giving you an idea of the local moving costs, getting an accurate removal quote will give you a better estimate. Once your removalists have completed a home survey, they will be able to give you an accurate removal quote. Then all you have to do is sit back and relax as your removalists handle your move!

For a more accurate estimate of local moving costs, contact WridgWays today for your free removal quote!

The Cost to Move From Melbourne to Sydney

How much do interstate removalists cost?

cost to move from melbourne to sydney

Moving interstate is a big life change and it can take a lot of effort to arrange everything. Before you get started with your move, it’s important to work out what everything is going to cost so you can work out a budget. That’s where WridgWays can help! By breaking down all the costs involved in an interstate move, you will have a better understanding of what moving from Melbourne to Sydney involves.

Want to know the cost to move from Melbourne to Sydney? Contact WridgWays interstate removalists today for a quote!

What to consider for your move

When you first decide to move from Melbourne or Sydney, you’ll need to work out what you need to do before you go. If you need to throw things out, you’ll need to factor hiring a skip bin into your budget. When you move out you will also need to have your house cleaned. This will differ in price depending on the size of your home.

The moving itself can be pricey as well if you have a large home. You’ll need to consider which items you want to move, how many rooms are in your home, and what day of the week you plan on moving. These factors will influence the price of the move, so it is important to think about.

What an average move will cost

For one, two, and three-bedroom homes, the pricing of moving from Melbourne to Sydney can vary. The average cost of moving in Australia can range anywhere from $2,000 to $7,500 for interstate removalists. This price is based on shipping containers, as the more you need, the higher the cost will be. If the company doesn’t include packing in the price, this can cost another $1,000 on top of that.

There are also other things you will need to pay for, such as cleaning your home and rubbish removal. It will cost around $20 to $25 an hour to have our house professionally cleaned. This is important to do if it is a rental or you plan on selling. To remove any rubbish from your property will be anywhere between $80 and $250 based on the size of the skip bin you want.

Different types of add-ons

On top of the price of the move, you may also want to pay for other services. Many interstate removalists will provide these services for you as it makes it easier to organise your entire move in one place. Think about the things you need to move and work out what services will suit your move best.

If you need to store your items during transit, you can arrange to have your belongings placed in a secure storage facility. To make sure your belongings get to your new destination you can buy moving insurance, as this will cover you for any damages that occur. You may also want to pay for services such as pet or vehicle transportation to make your move easier.

pet puppy moving from melbourne to sydney

The risks of a cheap interstate removalists

You may be thinking that cheap interstate removalists sound like a much more affordable option. Is it worth taking the risk when you won’t get the same quality of service? When you choose interstate removalists that aren’t accredited, you run the risk of having your goods damaged or lost. You can’t guarantee that they will transport your goods safely if they don’t have the proper training.

Cheap interstate removalists are also well-known for arriving late or not arriving at all. Many people have complained about paying for removalist services where the movers don’t show up or arrive several days late. Is that the kind of service you want to pay for?

The benefits of a premium interstate removalists

With high-quality moving companies, you will find that they offer a suite of relocation services. Not only will they move your belongings, but they will often provide a range of other premium services as well. While you may be paying more, this price often includes extras in addition to moving your belongings.

Premium removalists will pack and unpack your belongings for you, making your job much simpler. The removalists will disassemble and reassemble your furniture, provide you with quality packing materials to protect your belongings, and have the experience to get your goods to your new home safely. With an accredited, reputable moving company, you can rest assured that your move will be in good hands.

Services1-2 bedroom home cost estimate3-4 bedroom home cost estimate
Insurance$1,000 – $2,000$3,000 – $4,000
Rubbish removal$80 – $150$150 – $250
Cleaning$25 – $75$75 – $150
Pet transportation$200 – $400$200 – $400
Vehicle transportation$500 – $2,000$500 – $2,000
Secure storage$100 – $200 per month$200 – $400 per month
Removalists$2,000 – $4,000$5,500 – $7,500
Total cost$4,000 – $8,850$9,600 – $14,750

moving from melbourne to sydney

If you choose WridgWays, many of the extra services may be included in the price. Our removalists provide door-to-door service, making your move easy. Premium interstate removalists will not only provide a better quality service, but will also ensure your goods get to their destination safely.

For a more accurate quote for moving from Melbourne to Sydney, contact WridgWays for a home survey today!

Finding the Best Removalists for Interstate Removals

A Guide to Picking the Best Interstate Removalists in 8 Steps

young family choosing the right interstate removalists

When you’re moving interstate, there are many things that you have to think about. So how do you make sure you’ve chosen the best moving company for your interstate removal? That’s why we’re here to help! At WridgWays, we help people move interstate all the time, and we can help you to find the best removalists for your interstate removal.

Keep reading to find out our top 8 tips on how to find the best removalists for your interstate removals, or get a quick quote now.

1. Get several quotes

Before you pull out your pen to start signing the contract, it’s best to get a few quotes from different companies. This will allow you to work out if the company is trying to rip you off or not. This will give you a better estimate of how much your move will cost and allow you to pick the best company for your interstate removal.

woman comparing prices of interstate removalists

2. Check they are accredited

Want to make sure you’ve chosen a good interstate removalists? Check if they are accredited with the Australian Furniture Removers Association! This organisation regulates all their members and ensures they have the necessary equipment, vehicles, premises, and training to handle professional moves. If you choose an AFRA accredited company, you can rest assured that they will provide you with the services you need!

3. Find out how many removalists will be there

Don’t want to get stuck with one removalist packing up your entire household worth of goods? You’re better of asking how many people will be there on the day. While you probably don’t need a large group of people there, you want to know there will be enough helping hands to get your goods packed up in time. It’s best to ask in advance than to regret not asking on moving day!

4. Ask about insurance

Although things don’t always go wrong with your move it is a good idea to get moving insurance just in case. Even with the best interstate removalists, you still can’t plan for unexpected weather! Most good moving companies will provide insurance, so find out when it starts from. Some insurance begins the moment the movers collect your belongings. Other insurance options only cover for transit.

5. Don’t use backloading companies

Backloading companies are not the most reliable for interstate removals. They may be quick and cheap to get, but this doesn’t mean they’re actually good! When you choose a backloading company you have to share a truck with other people who are moving. This means if the truck fills up before they get to you, they may not even collect your belongings! Is the unreliable service worth the cheaper price?

6. Get an estimate on travel time

If you don’t want to spend ages waiting for your goods to arrive, ask your interstate removalists for a time estimate. This will give you an idea of how reliable the company is. If you think their estimate is too long, find out why! You don’t want a removalists company who makes too many stops or takes the longest route to get to your destination.

7. Find out if you need to be present for the pick-up

Most interstate removalists will ask you to be present when they pack up your belongings. If they don’t need you to be there, you might want to find out why, as you don’t want strangers rummaging around in your house when you aren’t there. You’re better of selecting a company who wants you to be there to oversee everything. This shows they care about your move!

8. Are there any extra services?

While most interstate removalists will provide all the basic services, a good moving company will go above and beyond to help you. Only the best moving companies will provide premium services such as utility connectionstorage facilities, and pet transportation. If you want the best service, then choose the best interstate removalists!

moving company for interstate removals

Why choose WridgWays

With over 125 years’ experience in the moving industry, we offer more than just moving tips. Our expert team of removalists and relocation consultants will help you through your move. They will be there to help you every step of the way, to ensure you are happy and satisfied with our services. We have experience with interstate removals and will ensure your move is easy.

If you follow these guidelines and always choose a good removalists over a cheap one, it will make your interstate removals much easier. When you move with WridgWays, you can contact us at any time with any questions and concerns.

Want to know more about interstate removals? Talk to our friendly staff to get your move started now.

Interstate Moving Costs

How much does it cost to move interstate?

moving interstate

It can be a struggle to work out interstate moving costs. With any move there can be a lot of costs involved. It can be tricky to work out what you need to pay for and what you don’t. That’s where WridgWays can help! We make it easy for you by listing all the major costs of moving interstate, so you will be prepared for all the variables.

Want to get a moving interstate cost estimate? Head to our website now for a quick quote!


Cost: Between $200 – $1,000

Don’t want to risk having your prized possessions damaged during the move? You won’t need to worry if you get moving insurance. While it’s a cost that many people would rather not bother with, it can be a life saver if unexpected damages do occur. Depending on the cover you need for the value of your belongings, insurance can cost anywhere from $200 to $1,000.


Cost: Between $100 – $400

When you move interstate you’ll need to factor in the cost of reconnecting all your utilities. There may be costs involved in getting them transferred, or you may need to find new providers altogether. Getting your utilities connected will cost between $20 and $100 per utility depending on the provider you are with and the state you’re moving to. Can’t be bothered handling this yourself? Let WridgWays do it for you!

Flights and accommodation

Cost: Between $1,000 – $3,000

Don’t feel like trekking half-way across the country with a car stuffed with belongings? You might want to think about flying to your new home. This saves you from long, exhausting days stuck in a car, and will get you to your destination much faster. Depending on where you are moving to, it will cost anywhere between $1,000 and $3,000 to fly a family of four interstate. This will change of course depending on the airline that you choose and if you are lucky enough to score a deal when flights go on sale.


Cost: Between $200 – $400 per month

Sometimes when you move, you don’t need your belongings moved at the same time as you. What do you do in a situation like this? Store your belongings in a secure storage facility! For the average family home, it will cost between $200 and $400 a month to store your personal belongings. If you want to add insurance this may be an extra cost, but one that will be worthwhile for your peace of mind!

storage units taken into account for interstate moving costs


Cost: Between $50 – $100

If you are planning on packing yourself, you will need to buy packing boxes. These can cost anywhere from $4 to $17 depending on the size and style of box you want. You also need to think about buying things like bubble wrap, packing tape, mattress covers, and locks. You certainly don’t want your possessions breaking on the way! It will cost somewhere between $50 and $100 for a full set of boxes, depending on how many things you own.

Rubbish removal

Cost: Between $150 – $250

If you want to clear out your home before you move, it might be worth considering hiring a skip bin. This means you can get rid of all those items you don’t use anymore, but still keep anyway. Skip bin prices vary depending on the state and city, but generally you can get a 2 cubic metre skip bin for around $150 or a 4 cubic metre one for $250. Your move will be much cheaper once you’ve cleared out all the junk!


Cost: Between $200 – $400

One thing that a lot of people forget to factor in is the price of transporting pets. If you do have room in your car for your animals, this may not be an issue. But if you don’t want your cat howling at you for several days, paying to transport your pets may be a better option. Moving your pets by car or air will cost somewhere between $200 and $400.

family on top of their interstate moving costs


Cost: Between $3,000 – $6,000

The move itself will be the largest chunk of your interstate moving costs. Whether you’re hiring removalists or using a self-packing container, you need to work out which is the best option for your move. The average cost of an interstate move will be anywhere from $3,000 to $6,000 depending on how many belongings you have. If you want to pack yourself, this may reduce the price, but you can also ask your removalists to do it for you.

Although these are only estimates, hopefully this will give you a better idea of what your interstate moving costs will be. Feeling overwhelmed? Don’t worry, that’s why WridgWays is here to help. At any point during the planning process, or during your move, you can talk to our relocation specialists to get the answers you need.

Still need more information? Contact WridgWays now to find out your interstate moving costs.

Moving Interstate Checklist

What to know about moving interstate

couple on laptop putting together interstate moving checklist

At WridgWays, we know that moving interstate can be a tricky process, but it doesn’t have to be! Our interstate removalist specialists will be happy to help you with every aspect of your move, from start to finish. This moving interstate checklist will provide you with all the information you need to ensure your moving day goes smoothly. We’ll make it easy for you!

For further tips and moving suggestions, download the moving checklist on our website.

6-8 weeks before moving day

So you’ve made the decision to move interstate. What happens next? You need to plan what you want moved with you, what you want sent to a secure storage facility, and what you want to dispose of. Make sure you get an accurate quote from WridgWays for your entire move so you understand all the costs involved. Plus, we can help you with any questions or concerns you may have!

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1-2 weeks before moving day

A few weeks before moving interstate, it is time to get organised! You can start packing any items which are rarely used, if you are packing yourself, and dismantle any furniture or items that you need to take apart. Renting your home? Why not get WridgWays to professionally clean it for you? This will ensure that you get as much back from your bond as possible!


1 day before the move

With only one day to go before moving interstate, it is time to make sure that everything is ready to go. If you are packing your own belongings, ensure all boxes are packed, sealed, and labelled, ready for WridgWays to collect them on moving day. Plan on having your pets transported with us? Great! Just make sure they are all ready for their trip.

Moving day

house cleaning before moving interstate

The big day is finally here! After a good night’s sleep, you need to check you haven’t forgotten anything. You don’t want to leave your child’s favourite teddy behind! Make sure that you, or an authorised person over the age of 18, is present on packing and moving day. If no-one is present you may be liable for extra charges, which no one wants!

This moving interstate checklist covers everything you need to know about interstate removalists. Now you will be fully prepared for your next move! When you move with WridgWays, we promise that we will do our best to ensure you have the best moving experience possible.

At WridgWays, we make moving interstate easy, so get a free quick interstate removalist quote to get your move started now!


How to get the cheapest energy plan in your new postcode

Moving to a new neighbourhood is exciting but it can also be a little daunting, especially if you’re moving to a new state or country that’s far from your current home.

Finding new places to hang out, eat and shop is part of the fun of moving and even if you do find it a tad stressful trying to hunt down the perfect cup of coffee in your new hood, there are plenty of online resources that you can turn to, from the local council’s website to Time Out or TripAdvisor to give you the rundown of the area’s top attractions and local facilities.

When it comes to sorting out your utility providers and finding the best energy plan for you, this is when it can get a bit more complex, and a lot less fun! Trying to estimate how much energy you will use in a new house for instance is not easy, as you can’t rely on your old bill, especially if you’re moving from say Townsville to Melbourne where the weather and your electricity use is going to be vastly different.

And with energy prices around Australia now at their peak, this isn’t something you should leave to chance and hope that when your first bill rolls around you won’t get bill shock. Recent research by Energy comparison site showed that Australian households in Victoria can annually save up to $929 in Victoria, $737 in South Australia, $532 in Queensland and $481 in New South Wales by switching to the most competitive plans on the market.

If you’ve recently moved interstate, be sure that you also check out your state Government’s energy scheme to see if you are eligible for any of the concessions or rebates available.

Here’s Mozo’s top tips to finding the best energy deals in your postcode:

#1. Look beyond incentives. Getting $100 off your first bill is a great incentive to sign up but you’ll want savings over the longer term as well so be sure that you check the plan’s tariff and discounts so that you will be getting a good deal.

#2. Sign up online. Many providers have big discounts for signing up online or if you pay your bill via direct debit.

#3. Bundle your gas and electricity. Many providers offer generous discounts if you sign up your household’s electricity as well as gas services with them. A dual fuel package is also a convenient option as you’ll only need to deal with one supplier for both services.

#4. Watch Exit fees. Discounted deals are great but don’t forget to run your eye over the fine print. Sometimes, the ‘special’ offers are available for long term plans and you may need to pay an exit fee if you want to cancel the plan earlier.

#5. Compare, compare, compare. The best deals are usually on offer to new customers so it pays to regularly compare and switch. To compare plans check out the Australian Government’s website Energy Made Easy or try Mozo’s Energy Cost Cruncher Calculator.




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Making it easy since 1892

Loan Market Concierge

Premium removalist at your service

Loan Market Concierge has formed a close partnership with Wridgways Moving Services so that you don’t need to worry about a thing when you move house.

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Why Wridgways

At Wridgways, we proudly deliver Five Star Service to each and every one of our customers. As a Loan Market Concierge customer, our premium service to you will also include a FREE $150 BUNNINGS VOUCHER, to help make a few of those little purchases that every new home needs.

Our passionate team of moving experts genuinely care about your move, and will take care of everything:

As part of the global Santa Fe group and with 125 offices worldwide, Wridgways has been moving Australian families since 1892. Our expertise and resources are unparalleled, giving you the premium service you deserve.

Whether you’re moving to the next suburb, across Australia or around the world, at Wridgways, we make it easy.

Living Here Concierge

Premium removalist at your service

Living Here Concierge has formed a close partnership with Wridgways Moving Services so that you don’t need to worry about a thing when you move house.

Click to take advantage of our VIP moving service

Why Wridgways

At Wridgways, we proudly deliver Five Star Service to each and every one of our customers. As a Living Here Concierge customer, our premium service to you will also include a FREE $150 BUNNINGS VOUCHER, to help make a few of those little purchases that every new home needs.

Our passionate team of moving experts genuinely care about your move, and will take care of everything:

As part of the global Santa Fe group and with 125 offices worldwide, Wridgways has been moving Australian families since 1892. Our expertise and resources are unparalleled, giving you the premium service you deserve.

Whether you’re moving to the next suburb, across Australia or around the world, at Wridgways, we make it easy.