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Moving House Costs & Expenses

Rachel Horan

Rachel Horan

June 22, 20214 minute read
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Moving house can be a stressful time for everyone. From finding a new place to packing, there seems to be no shortage of things to sort out. To make things even more challenging, there are also moving house costs and expenses that need to be considered.

In this guide, we’ll discuss all of the important costs and expenses you might need to account for, an idea of prices, and some tips for moving smoothly.

Hiring a removalist

The most common expense when moving is paying for a removalist. The cost of hiring a removalist can vary depending on which of their services you decide to use. Typically, removalists offer the following:

  • Packing boxes and tape;
  • Transportation;
  • Temporary storage (in some instances);
  • Loading and unloading of furniture and belongings;

Sometimes, removalists can offer specialised services, including moving large, delicate items (e.g. pianos), or even transporting pets.

Another factor that can influence how much a removalist costs to hire is the distance you are moving. In most instances, removalists charge by the hour. Though sometimes, removalists offer a flat fee instead.

However, a factor that can influence the price is the difficulty of the move, which is determined by the number of items you’ll be moving, size of your new home, the expected duration of the move, and any access issues.

Cost of a removalist

To give you an idea of how much it might cost to hire a removalist, usually you will be charged by the hour. According to hipages, rates can range from $75 to $1,000 an hour. This is for a simple move, without factoring in additional factors such as distance and level of difficulty.

If you were moving a further distance, you could expect to pay:

  • $100 to $115 per hour for moving small items with two removalists;
  • $125 per hour for a small apartment using two removalists;
  • $245 per hour for a three bedroom home using four removalists;
  • $315 per hour for a four bedroom home using five removalists.

If you were moving interstate, you might expect to pay:

  • $2,880: Sydney to Brisbane
  • $2,430: Melbourne to Sydney
  • $5,590 to $6,395: Sydney or Brisbane to Hobart


Making sure that you leave the property clean is an additional expense that is often not front-of-mind. If you rented the home through a private landlord, it’s particularly important to make sure that it is left clean and undamaged as they will do a vacate inspection.

While a property needs to be left clean, general ‘wear and tear’ is accepted. This can include gently worn carpets, light scratches on benchtops or tiles, and faded paint due to sunlight.

As a general rule, it’s important to make sure that you clean the entire house so that it is livable for the next person that moves in. While there are less strict rules around the condition of a sold property, the buyer will usually conduct a pre-settlement inspection to ensure it is left in good condition. If it isn’t in a sufficient condition, they can extend settlement until issues are fixed.

In addition to a thorough clean of the property, other things that need to be done to ensure a property is left ‘clean’ includes:

  • Removing all rubbish from the property;
  • Getting carpets professionally cleaned (if applicable);
  • Having pest control conducted if you had pets in the property;
  • Mow grass, weed and trim hedges;
  • Sweep external areas;
  • Empty and wash out bins.

Cost of cleaning

Based on the industry average, hiring a bond cleaner can be anywhere from $85 to $450+. Costs can fluctuate depending on the size of the home, the services included (e.g. if they will also be doing carpet cleaning or pest control), and the condition of the property.

Typically, smaller properties are less costly to clean. Additionally, if the property is already generally clean, a bond clean will be relatively inexpensive. In most instances, cleaners charge by the hour. Meaning, the least amount of time it takes to clean, the cheaper it is.


An important note!

You don’t need to hire a bond cleaner. You can clean the property yourself, ensuring that you leave the property in a ‘bond clean’ state. However, if the carpets need to be cleaned or you need pest control completed, you will probably need to hire a professional.

Additional costs

Removalists and cleaners are the two main costs of moving house, but there is no shortage of other expenses that you might need to pay for. You might choose to throw out some old furniture and start afresh in your new home, or you might choose to treat yourself to Ubereats every night. Regardless, costs that might not be directly related to the process of moving house can add up as well.

Some notable additional costs might include:

  • Redirecting your mail;
  • Moving insurance;
  • Transferring your utilities (gas, electricity, water, and internet);
  • Self-storage (if required).

Tips for moving smoothly

Moving can often be a difficult time. You might be putting off certain tasks, or you might not even know what you need to do. If you’re not sure where to start, here are some helpful tips for a smooth move:

  • Make sure the moving company is licenced and insured;
  • Put all of your important documents (birth certificate, passport) in a safe place;
  • Pack up the kitchen last;
  • Use bubble wrap to pack fragile items;
  • Measure any furniture you’ll be taking to make sure it fits in your new place;
  • Use a floor plan to get a general idea of furniture placement;
  • Pack heavy items in one box and light items in another;
  • Place all keys in an envelope.

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Rachel Horan
Rachel Horan

Written by Rachel Horan

Rachel Horan is a Content Writer for Jacaranda Finance. Rachel has previously produced content for Brisbane City Council, Black & White Cabs, and Clubs Queensland. She has a Bachelor of Mass Communication with Distinction from the Queensland University of Technology.

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