What are the costs involved in moving house?

In order to plan a moving budget for relocation, it's important to consider the cost of moving house from start to finish. Planning out the cost of relocating prior to your move will help you minimise moving expenses and prevent any unpleasant surprises in extra charges or fees from moving services.

 

Cost of moving services

The first cost of moving house to consider is hiring removalists or hiring a truck for do-it-yourself moving.

At the lower end of the scale, you'll be looking at an average minimum of $100 for day hire of a moving van on a weekday. At the opposite end of the pricing spectrum, for a full moving service interstate or overseas, you'll be looking at anywhere near $3,500 or more.

Obviously your total house moving costs will depend on the length of your move, how many belongings you have and whether you hire full-service relocationists or move your belongings yourself.

The price of multi-service movers that include moving, packing, and storage will be more expensive than full-service moving. Your total cost of moving home using multi-service movers will again depend on:

  • Which items need to be packed and moved;
  • How many rooms are in your home; and
  • What day of the week you are moving on. Keep in mind that weekdays are cheaper than weekends for relocating.

International moving services will charge the most for the cost of moving house, again depending on which country you are moving to and the weight of your belongings that need to be shipped.

International moving options available are door-to-door, port-to-door and door-to-port. To save money on an international move, choose port to door or door to port, where you will be responsible for either taking your belongings from or to the shipping port yourself.

 

Cost of household cleaning

To save money on the cost of moving house, you can clean your house yourself. If considering hiring a professional house cleaner, you will be looking at an average minimum rate of $20-$25 per hour. For a 2 to 3 bedroom home it could take 3 or more hours to complete.

When it comes to cleaning your carpets, again chances are renting a carpet cleaning machine and cleaning them yourself will cost less than hiring a professional service.

Though, it's not uncommon for carpet cleaning services to occasionally offer special deals, like steam cleaning two rooms for as low as $50 for example.

 

Cost of rubbish removal

When it comes to rubbish removal in the total cost of moving house, you may be able to save money by borrowing or hiring a trailer and moving your waste to the local tip yourself.

The average price for rubbish removal to factor into the cost of relocating will range on average from $80-$150, depending upon the amount of rubbish that needs to be removed and whether you dispose the waste yourself or hire a service such as a skip bin.

 

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