Interstate Moving Cost Calculator

15 December 2018 Contributed by: admin

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Moving out from one place to the other is a hassle. Some do it on their own and mess things up while others take a smart way and hire removalist.

Have you tried moving one from one state to the other on your own?

I have. And man was it a bad idea! Some of my stuff got broken because of the improper packing while some got mixed up so bad in boxes that I’m I found my liquor bottles and the kitchen lighter in the same box. Not my proudest moment.

After that, I took an oath to let the professionals do their job, even if it means shedding some extra bucks.

Paying a removalist when you want to move is totally worth it. It would save you from the headache of packing, your things would reach to your new home safely, and it would be quite easy to unpack and settle down since all your stuff would be in the designated boxes & duly marked.

But hiring a great power comes with a great moving cost. But it sure has great benefits too, as mentioned earlier.

You can try our interstate moving cost calculator to help determine an approximate relocation cost. Our moving cost calculator are professionally designed where you can calculate an estimate of residential as well as commercial move, extremely easy and convenient to use.

Let’s try to analyze how much it costs to hire a removalist for interstate transfer. Click an image below that will take you to our 'Interstate Moving Cost Calculator' to get an estimate.

What Are You Hiring A Removalist For?

Removalists have broken down their services to many sub-categories. Not everyone wants a full-fledged service. Some people want to pack their stuff on their own and hire a removalist just for transportation purpose.

While others want removalists to do the packing & loading while they transfer the stuff in their own truck. Accordingly, removalists have sub-categorized their services. For instance:

  1. Providing packing boxes, tapes & packing your stuff

  2. Loading (and unloading)

  3. Transportation

  4. Temporary storage

  5. Unpacking

  6. Cleaning your old and new house

  7. Transportation of pets

You can hire a removalist for all these on any of these services. Or if you are feeling like a superman who can do some of the jobs, you can DIY some of the following as per your requirement:

  1. Arranging boxes & packing stuff

  2. Cleaning the old or/and new house

  3. Transport & unpack

  4. Take your pets with you

You will be charged as per the services you’ll purchase. But again, just a reminder, I tried to be superman and ended up regretting it.

Moving Cost Aspect

As described earlier, moving charges are as per your requirements. But there are some other factors which affect your moving out cost:

  1. Basic Fees: It is the basic fee that removalist charges and it varies widely with the distance. It consists of fuel charges, the time required and accordingly labour charges.

  2. Supplies: You would require some material like boxes (of various sizes), tapes, bubble wraps, scissors, markers, packing paper, etc. to pack your stuff. Removalists have a full set of these supplies but this would cost you extra.

  3. Packing Fee: If you choose to hire the packing services, you would be charged for labour.

  4. Size & Quantity of the Items: The bigger the better doesn’t apply here. The heavier your belongings are, the heavier you will have to spend. Taking a lot of furniture requires bigger vehicle & extra labour (depending on the weight).

  5. Storage: If your new home isn’t ready yet but you have to hand over your existing place, you would need a temporary storage to keep your stuff till the time your new place gets ready. The storage would cost you extra on per night & shipment size basis.

  6. Distance: The farther you need to move, the costlier it will be. In the case of interstate moving, you would also need to pay toll taxes.

  7. Insurance: If you want to get your items insured in case of an accident or some other mishap, it would cost you extra. But I highly recommend you do. I’m sure your belongings worth a lot in terms of money, so it is always wise to be safe than to be sorry.

  8. Extra Demands: In case you have some specific request which doesn’t cover the aforementioned stuff, like moving out of a pet, you would have to pay extra as per your removalist’s policy.

These were some of the things which affect your cost when you move from one place to the other. If you want the shifting to be handled without any sort of hiccup, do take the entire package.


Now that you have read about what and how to let’s talk about how much. A good removalist doesn’t come cheap. But considering the hassle that it would save you and the safety of your belongings, it would totally be worth it.

Following are some rough estimations which will tell you how much it will cost you to move interstate if you hire a removalist.

Per Hour Rate

  1. $100 per hours for moving light & small items

  2. $245 per hour for a three bedroom house

  3. $315 per hour for a four bedroom house

Lump Sum Rates

  1. $300 for small & light items

  2. $1500 - $2000 for a two bedroom house

  3. $2200 - $3200 for a four bedroom house

What is an average cost to move interstate in Australia?

On an average, to move 1000 miles a 2 to 3 bedroom furniture & other belongings, it would cost you around $5000. This rate is for a reputed removalist who would take care of your items in the best possible way.


I think it is safe to say that hiring a professional for a job is a sane thing to do. Else there’s a good chance that you’ll have to settle down in your new home with a broken coffee table. It’s true that opting DIY you’ll be saving a lot of bucks but then the risk factor would also increase. It’s anytime better to pay a couple of thousand dollars than to gamble on the safety your hard earned household stuff.

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