Backloading is a common phrase used by removalists to describe
an inexpensive moving option. So what does it mean exactly? In
order for a moving company to maximise their downtime and increase
profit, backloading is available for a truck that is returning from
a moving trip empty and can carry a load back to its starting
If you take advantage of backloading, you will only pay for the
space that your boxes and furniture take up on a moving truck going
in one direction.
In essence, you are taking advantage of a removalist's excess
inventory since they would prefer to move your belongings as they
return back to home base, instead of driving an empty truck. It's
actually a win-win for both parties.
Is backloading the right choice for you?
The important point to keep in mind with backloading is that you
will potentially share moving truck space with other customers.
If you have no issue with your boxes and furniture being loaded
into a truck with another customer's belongings, then this is
likely the best and least expensive choice for your relocation.
If you want a moving truck all to yourself for relocation, then
full-service or self-service moving will be a better choice for
you. While these options are not as economical, they will ensure
that you have the private use of a moving truck when you move.
Moving services will emphasise that backloading does not mean
that your belongings will receive any less attention or care than
with a normal furniture removal service.
This option maybe not ideal for small moves or single items but
can be helpful if you need to move a larger household of three or
four bedrooms and want to take advantage of cheaper rates.
Similarly, backloading may not be an ideal choice if you are
moving from one suburb to another.
However, if you can't afford the high cost of renting a truck or
paying for full-service movers for an interstate or cross-country
move, a backload move will share the cost of a moving truck amongst
What many people don't realise is that
backloading has become very sought after for long-distance moves by
Here are the top two benefits of a backload move:
- Reduces your environmental impact.
Direct trips to and from your new home are inefficient and
wasteful. It's important to reduce your environmental impact as one
of the tens of thousands of Australians moving on a yearly
- Moving trucks are always
available. A backload move allows you to take
advantage of truck space on short notice. If you want to book a
full-service move, it may take longer to secure truck rental for
your specific moving dates.
Top moving tip
To prevent your belongings getting mixed up with other people's
boxes and furniture during a backload move, clearly label all boxes
with your name and their contents.