How much does it cost to move a fridge?

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Price guide

$80 - $345

low

$80

median

$213

high

$345

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Moving into a new living space is not an easy task. You can ask professional removalists to help you pack and move your things. Maybe even have extra hands help out when moving some appliances. Among these items, your refrigerator needs special attention.

The refrigerator plays a vital role in your kitchen, so it should be transported properly and safely. The cost of moving a fridge ranges from $80 - $345, depending on the removalist you hire. This guide will help you set a budget for moving your fridge.

Fridge moving price list 

Removalists in Australia usually relocate your fridge with other appliances. You can expect them to handle your fridge with extra care, even if it’s transported with other appliances. 

When relocating, you’ll need the right transportation tools. The cost of moving your fridge will depend on the size of the truck for the move. Below is a table of how much you will be paying for each truck by the hour. 

Truck

Cost

4.5 tonne truck with 2 removalists

$80 - $85 per half an hour

6 - 8 tonne truck with 2 removalists

$90 - $95 per half an hour

10 - 12 tonne truck with 2  removalists

$115 - $125 per half an hour

a handyman moving a fridge

Additional expenses for fridge moving


Materials

A lot of tools are needed to transport your fridge. These include an appliance dolly, bungee cords, painter’s tape, zip ties, and plastic wrap. A dolly costs $35 - $155, depending on the type you get. You might also need to spend $25 per hour to rent a moving truck. Hiring professionals for heavy lifting prevents these additional costs.


Labour

Removalists charge an average of $20 - $30 per hour. These are usually added to a fixed price for the services. 

Factors affecting fridge transportation costs

The cost of moving your fridge depends on several factors. Consider them when calculating the expenses of your relocation. 


Size of the refrigerator

Fridges come in a variety of sizes, from mini freezers to French door fridges. Just like any appliance, you can expect to pay more when the appliance is bigger and heavier. This is because of the labour of transporting your fridge.

 

Distance of the move

Moving your fridge to the next room will cost less than moving it to another house. The transfer to another location requires the use of a dolly and a truck, making it cost more. 

Preparing for refrigerator moving

A lot of planning is involved when transporting your fridge. It shouldn’t have food or leftovers, so plan days or weeks ahead and store your perishables in a different place. You can also use this opportunity to clean the inside of your fridge and prevent foul smells after the move. 

Also, before you have removalists take your fridge, make sure that these things are ready in the new location: 


Electrical outlets 

A fridge needs to be plugged in. It’s important to have an available socket near its new location. It might be dangerous to rely on extension cords for power. Fortunately, you can hire a professional to install a new socket or rewire some electrical cables if necessary. This can cost $80 - $135, depending on the state you live in.

 

Plumbing

Certain fridges have built-in ice makers and water dispensers, which need to be attached to a water line. You can have a new water line installed for your fridge to make the moving process easier. 

two men moving a refrigerator

Fridge disposal in AU

If you end up upgrading your fridge in your new living space, you still need to dispose of the old one. Remember that leaving your fridge on the kerbside for collection isn’t acceptable. Call your local council and ask if they pick up old freezers or refrigerators for recycling. For example, ACT offers its residents a Fridge Buyback Program with free removal and recycling of old appliances.

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Now that you know how much it costs to have your fridge moved, it's time to work with a professional. Just post a task on our platform to receive price quotes. You can provide as many details as you want to get an offer that best meets your budget. Afterwards, you'll be connected to our pool of local fridge movers. 

Price guide

$80 - $345

low

$80

median

$213

high

$345

Low, median and high bar chart distribuiton

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FAQs

The oil from your fridge might not drain from the cooling tubes completely. When this happens, the refrigerator won’t cool properly once you start it back up again. Thus, transporting it in an upright position is ideal. This keeps the cooling refrigerant and compressor oil in place during the move.


If you transported your fridge in an upright position, you can wait 2 - 3 hours before plugging it in. This allows the compressor oil to settle. However, if your fridge was moved on its side, you need to wait up to 24 hours.

The oil from your fridge might not drain from the cooling tubes completely. When this happens, the refrigerator won’t cool properly once you start it back up again. Thus, transporting it in an upright position is ideal. This keeps the cooling refrigerant and compressor oil in place during the move.


If you transported your fridge in an upright position, you can wait 2 - 3 hours before plugging it in. This allows the compressor oil to settle. However, if your fridge was moved on its side, you need to wait up to 24 hours.