If you live on the Gold Coast and you’re soon to be moving house, you might be curious to know how much it will cost to hire removalists to help you with your move. Sticking to a budget and hiring professional services that fit within your limits is vital to a successful and affordable move.
While the overall cost of your move will vary depending on a range of individual factors, the following guide should help you figure out how much money you need to set aside for your move.
There’s a range of factors that influence the cost of your removalist service on the Gold Coast. These include:
Property size and furniture
The size of your property and how much furniture you have in it will play a role in how much your Gold Coast removal will cost. A large house will take longer to pack, transport and unpack than a smaller one and the amount of furniture you have to relocate also makes a difference to the overall cost. A larger house typically has more furniture than a smaller one but this is not always the case. If you have a large house with a small amount of furniture, or a small apartment with a large amount of furniture, mention this when requesting a quote to make sure it accurately reflects your needs. Hire A Mover will then be able to allocate the correct amount of movers and the right size truck for your job.
Having your items packed and ready to go before the removalists arrive will make the job easier and more efficient, meaning you pay less in the long run.
If you’re packing up your items yourself, make sure everything is in clearly labelled boxes stating which room they belong in. Also, disassemble all larger furniture before the removalists arrive so they don’t have to spend time doing this. If your items are suitably prepared for packing it will mean the job is completed faster and when you’re paying by the hour, that’s important to the overall cost as well.
If you need boxes, check out the options of durable cardboard moving boxes and packaging materials at Hire A Box.
The distance between your old property and your new one will have an impact on the cost involved in moving your items. The closer your two properties are, the quicker it will be for the removalists to drive your items from one place to another. Of course, the removal truck will take a little longer to reach its destination than your car, and you’ll also have to take into consideration traffic conditions and the use of toll roads.
It’s best to avoid busy peak hour traffic and school times if possible, especially around the major Gold Coast roads that run to and from Brisbane. Our Gold Coast moving teams typically start at 8 am which means by the time they have packed up your property and are ready to hit the road peak hour traffic should be over.
Lift or stairs?
If your Gold Coast movers are required to use a lift or stairs at your property, this can create an additional expense to your move. When using a lift, the movers have to double handle all your goods. They have to move your items to the lift, load into the lift, unload from the lift and load onto the truck. If the lift is small this will also limit how much furniture can be fit into each trip, which means there will need to be more of them.
Consider too if you are on a high level of the building, or if the lift is slow. This can easily add a couple of hours onto the loading and unloading times of the job. If you do have a lift at either of your properties, it may be best to request an additional removalist as this will help reduce the move time and can end up saving you money.
Stairs can also add time to your move. if you have stairs at either property, especially if it is more than one set, we recommend requesting an additional mover to help on the day. If you have a lot of stairs you should also consider that the movers can slow down over the course of the day as they begin to get tired.
Parking the truck
Having an appropriate place for the removal truck to park with easy access to both of your properties is essential. It’s important to let the movers know of any loading zones or parking spaces close to your property. Street parking can be limited in some parts of the Gold Coast – particularly around Surfers Paradise and busy tourist destinations – so if you are able to reserve a parking spot at your property, this will save the movers a lot of time. Movers typically make between 30 and 100 trips between the property and your truck so you can save hours of time and money by having somewhere close for the truck to park.
If there is only street parking available, you might like to put out safety cones to keep the spots free until the truck arrives. If you have a loading dock beneath your building, check that the clearance is at least 3.2 metres as this is the minimum clearance a Gold Coast removal truck will require. Larger trucks may require up to 3.7 metres in clearance.
How long will an average move on the Gold Coast take?
While every move and every property is different, you can get a rough idea of how long it might take for your Gold Coast move. Our movers will work as quickly and professionally as possible, ensuring they take care of your items and trying to avoid damage or injury.
The following estimates are averages based on moving times we have undertaken over the past few years on the Gold Coast. Remember that any of the factors listed above will increase the moving times, as well as any unforeseen factors which occur on the day.
Generally, it takes 1 hour to load 10 cubic metres and 1 hour to unload 10 cubic metres.
A typical studio/1 bedroom unit takes 2-4 hours.
A typical 2 bedroom apartment/house takes 4-6 hours.
A typical 3 bedroom apartment/ house takes 5-8 hours.
A typical 4 bedroom house takes 7-10 hours.
Please note Hire A Mover has a 2 hour minimum on every move plus any applicable travel fees.
How much will a Gold Coast removalist cost for an average move?
Hire A Mover’s normal hourly rates are $130 an hour (including GST) for 2 men and a truck Monday to Thursday and $140 an hour Friday to Sunday. The rate for 3 men and a truck is $170 an hour Monday to Thursday, and $180 an hour Friday to Sunday. If you are moving within 30km of the centre of the Gold Coast, there is typically a once-off travel fee of $65.
With this in mind, here are some estimates of Gold Coast removal costs, all assuming you are moving within the local area Monday to Thursday. All costs include GST:
- A typical studio/1 bedroom unit taking between 2-4 hours with 2 movers and a truck would cost between $325 and $585. This includes a $65 call-out/travel charge
- A typical 2 bedroom apartment/house taking between 4-6 hours with 2 movers and a truck would cost between $585 and $845. This includes a $65 call-out/travel charge
- A typical 3 bedroom apartment/house taking between 5-8 hours with 3 movers and a truck would cost between $935 and $1445. This includes an $85 call-out/travel charge
- A typical 4 bedroom house taking between 7-10 hours with 3 movers and a truck would cost between $1275 and $1785. This includes an $85 call-out/travel charge
If you are moving on a Friday to Sunday, you’ll need to add an additional $10 an hour to the above prices.
How does Hire A Mover compare to other Gold Coast removalists?
You will always be able to find lower or higher hourly rates than Hire A Mover. It is important to remember though that inexperienced movers will take significantly longer to move your goods than professional movers. Experienced movers will also have the knowledge and skills to load a truck to ensure there is no damage during transit. You should take this into consideration when choosing a Gold Coast removalist based on price alone.
At Hire A Mover, we recommend looking at the reviews on Facebook and Google for potential removalist companies. Every removalist company will have some negative reviews, however, it is important to look at the overall quality of the reviews and question any company with only 5-star reviews to ensure these are legitimate.
If you need a removalist on the Gold Coast, let us help you. Fill out our online quote form here or give us a call on 1300 358 700.