It need not matter whether it is one couch you need moving or a whole house of furniture - furniture removal can be a real drag. It’s worth considering then whether you should hire someone to help with the task. However, choosing a furniture removalist is not always as simple as it sounds. It’s worth considering a few basic questions before you get someone to help - once you’ve done that, you should be able to book in a removalist with confidence.
Do I need a furniture removalist?
The choice, of course, is yours. But there can be many occasions in which it will be a good idea to hire a furniture removalist. Some of the common situations in which you might want to consider hiring a furniture removalist include:
When there is a large item to move and you don’t have a vehicle capable of doing the job
When bulky or heavy items are too difficult to move on your own or with a couple of friends
If you need to move some furniture somewhere that’s out of your way
If your time would be better spent doing something else
If you have multiple items of furniture that need moving to a range of places
When there are sensitive or fragile items of furniture - such as a piano, or an antique piece - that you’re not confident in doing yourself
On the other hand, there are occasions in which you might be happy to forego the services of a furniture removalist and simply do the job yourself. You might want to consider this option if:
You only need to move one or a handful of pieces of furniture
The furniture that needs moving is of particular sentimental or economic value, and you can’t bring yourself to let someone else do the job
You’ve mates who are keen to help out
There’s a vehicle you have access to that’s well suited for the task
What are the types of items removalists usually move?
If it belongs in a house - or even in a garage or garden - chances are you’ll be able to find someone to help move it. One of the benefits of hiring a furniture removalist is that they’re likely to have previously worked with the types of items you need help with. Moving small pieces of furniture or homewares can be just as intimidating and time-consuming as moving hefty items. Don’t be scared! You can get someone to help pack and organise the most fiddly items.
Other tasks furniture removalists perform
Removalist work is about more than transporting furniture from place A to place B. There’s a whole host of other tasks that you can ask a furniture removalist to work on, including:
Dismantling furniture that is more easily transported when broken into component parts
Packing up smaller items of furniture, such as pillows, into boxes
Wrapping items of furniture individually so as to prevent damage during transportation and loading and unloading
Placing furniture where you want it in your new location
Working with you to find the most convenient or appropriate spots for furniture once it has been moved
Re-assembling furniture after removal
Are there items I should not ask a furniture removalist to work on?
If it’s capable of transportation, someone should be able to move it. But if you have particularly precious or fragile items, it might be worth considering whether the removalist you’re engaging has experience with that sort of work. For instance, would you trust moving your prized fish tank to someone who had not before moved that sort of thing? Or the family heirloom chest of drawers?
Are there questions I should ask of my removalist?
The first question you should ask your removalist is about their level of experience. Have they moved your sort of items before? If so, how many times? In some instances, it won’t matter so much. A bed, for the most part, is just a bed. But there will be times when you want a bit of reassurance that they’ve handled furniture similar to yours before.
Another question you should, of course, ask your removalist - preferably well before you engage them - is about their method of charging. The majority of removalists will charge by hourly, or half-hourly, increments. But others will charge on the basis for a fixed price for a job. If you only need one or two items of furniture to be moved, there’s a decent likelihood your removalist will charge on a fixed-price basis. From the perspective of a consumer, both methods of charging have positives and negatives. The potential benefit of hiring a furniture removalist on a fixed-price basis is that you can confidently know how much you’ll have to pay. The potential disadvantage is that you might end up overpaying if the job takes them only a small amount of time.
A third question to ask your removalist is how many people they’ll send to do the task. If you’re hiring a removalist on an hourly basis, it might end up cheaper for you to spend more money on a removalist who will come with a second or third helper.
What is the cost of moving different types of furniture?
The particular item of furniture you need moving, as well as the distance you need the furniture moved, are likely to determine how much you’re furniture removalist will cost. We’ve had a look at the typical prices charged on a range of common furniture removal tasks, to give you some sense of how the market looks.
Estimated costs of furniture removalists
Furniture removalists typically charge about $90-$100 an hour, but the range of prices can extend beyond that. Removalists working solo and on small jobs can charge as low as $60 an hour. But furniture removalists working with teams and on larger removalist work can charge beyond $150 an hour. Sometimes, hiring people more experienced operators working in larger teams can work out cheaper in the end.
Some example furniture removalist listings from Airtasker
If you’re unclear what you should write in your furniture removalist task listing, have a look at how some others’ have described their tasks: