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How does interstate backloading work?

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November 2, 2019
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What is interstate backloading, and should you do it?

If you’re wondering, “how does interstate backloading work?” then you’ve come to the right place. Moving interstate can be overwhelming and it’s not easy to work out the best way to move your belongings. At WridgWays we aim to ensure your move is stress-free. With this guide to interstate backloading you’ll be able to find the best solution for your moving needs.

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What is backloading?

Backloading is a moving term used to describe when your belongings are moved with other people’s items. It means removalists load your belongings onto a truck that is returning empty to its original depot. This means you only pay for the space that your furniture takes up in the truck. It is a much cheaper method of transporting belongings interstate.

There are lots of companies that offer backloading, so it’s a good idea to speak to your professional removalists about this option. You will need to work out where you are moving to and how flexible you are with moving dates. If you are looking to save money on your move then it might be the best solution for you.

How it works

So how does interstate backloading work? Trucks that have already delivered goods to their new home will be returning empty to their original depot. They will have space to transport more goods with them back home, and if you’re ready to go at a moment’s notice they can fit you in.

  1. The company will notify you when the truck is passing through.
  2. You will then have time to pack everything up or arrange for professional removalists to do this.
  3. They will then load your belongings onto the truck with other people’s who are also relying on backloading.
  4. Your belongings will then be transported to your destination.
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Positives and negatives

Backloading may be great for some people, but it’s good to know both sides of the story before you lock anything in.


  • A cheap way of moving interstate
  • Allows you to do a lot of the packing yourself
  • Can be flexible with your move
  • Easy to organise
  • Efficient way of moving


  • No guarantee of moving date and time
  • Requires you to do the packing yourself
  • No insurance or guarantee of protection
  • Your belongings will be stored with other people’s

Who should use backloading?

Using backloading services can be good for some, while others may find it too risky. The best time to use backloading is when you have a small amount of belongings to move and are flexible with your moving date. If you have a full container load this may not fit in a backloading truck as they often try to collect several loads.

If you’re not fixed on your moving date this is the cheapest option available. You may need to be ready at short notice but it will be a lot more affordable than other removalist services. This is perfect for people who don’t need to be at their new home by a set date or time.

When shouldn’t you use backloading?

If you have a lot of items to move, or very expensive items, it may not be a good idea to rely on backloading. While it is cheap and efficient, you won’t have the same quality of service that professional removalists offer. You will need to source your own insurance and ensure your belongings are packaged properly.

If you’re short on time, backloading isn’t the best option. They will often fill up the truck as they go along, and if you are their last stop they may be full by the time they reach you. There will also be no guarantee of a moving pick up date, as it all depends on their previous move. If you need to be somewhere on time, you’re better off using professional removalists.

Approximate costs

Moving costs for backloading moves will depend on how much you’re moving. The less you have to transport, the cheaper it will be. The distance you are travelling will also impact on the total cost. It is a good idea to get a few quotes before you make your final decision though.

If you only have a small amount to move, not a full container load, then your move will cost somewhere between $400 and $2,000. The further you have to travel the more it will cost, but it is much more affordable than some other options.

WridgWays Removalists is an established local, interstate and international removalist with the years of experience necessary for a smooth, easy move. WridgWays Removalists has 125 years of experience moving Australian families.

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