How much does a removalist cost in Adelaide?

Figuring out just how much a removalist is going to cost you is often one of the first things you need to consider when planning your move. If you’re moving houses in Adelaide, you’ll want to be able to set yourself a budget so you can be adequately prepared for the process.

The cost of your move will vary depending on a range of individual factors but the following guide should provide you with a good estimate on how much money you need to set aside for your move.

Factors Involved in Moving in Adelaide

There are many factors which will contribute to the cost of a removalist in Adelaide. Here are some of them:

Property size and amount of furniture

The size of your property and how much furniture you have to move will determine how much your Adelaide removal will cost. A large house will take longer to pack, transport and unpack than a smaller one. The amount of furniture you have to relocate will also make 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.


Being prepared for your move will save you money. If all your furniture and other items are packed and ready to go before our removalists arrive, this will make the job easier and more efficient. If you’re packing up your items yourself, make sure everything is in clearly labelled boxes stating which room they belong in. Also, disassemble larger furniture before the removalists arrive so they don’t have to spend time doing this.

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The closer your two properties are, the quicker it will be for the removalists to drive your items from one place to another – so you’ll pay less. You’ll need to take into account the traffic conditions in Adelaide, as well as if the truck will need to use toll roads. It’s best to avoid peak hour traffic if possible, especially around the city areas of Adelaide. Our Adelaide 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.

Parking the truck

Having an appropriate place for the removal truck to park with easy access to both properties is essential. Let the movers know of any loading zones or parking spaces close to your property to save time. Street parking can be limited in some parts of Adelaide so if you are able to reserve a parking spot at your property, this will help save 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 an Adelaide removal truck will require. Larger trucks may require up to 3.7 metres in clearance.

Lift or stairs?

If your movers are required to use a lift or stairs at your Adelaide property, this can create an additional expense to your move. When using a lift, the movers have to double handle all your goods – moving items to the lift, loading, unloading from lift and loading onto the truck. If the lift is small this will also limit how much furniture can be fit into each trip so more trips will be needed. 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. 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 of your Adelaide properties, 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.

How long will an average move in Adelaide take?

Want to get an idea on how long your Adelaide move will take? 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 in Adelaide. 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 an Adelaide removalist cost for an average move?

Hire A Movers normally hourly rates are $180 an hour (including GST) for 2 men and a truck 7 days a week. The rate for 3 men and a truck is $240 an hour (including GST) 7 days a week. If you are moving within 30km of the Adelaide CBD, there is typically a once-off travel fee of $90 if it is a 2 man job.

With this in mind, here are some estimates of Adelaide removal costs, all assuming you are moving within the local metro 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 $450 and $810. This includes a $90 call-out/travel charge assuming you are moving within the local metro area.

A typical 2 bedroom apartment/house taking between 4-6 hours with 2 movers and a truck would cost between $810 and $1170. This includes a $90 call-out/travel charge assuming you are moving within the local metro area.

A typical 3 bedroom apartment/house taking between 5-8 hours with 3 movers and a truck would cost between $1320 and $2040. This includes an $120 call-out/travel charge assuming you are moving within the local metro area.

A typical 4 bedroom house taking between 7-10 hours with 3 movers and a truck would cost between $1800 and $2520. This includes an $120 call out/travel charge assuming you are moving within the local metro area.

How does Hire A Mover compare to other Adelaide removalists?

If you look hard enough you will always be able to find lower or higher hourly rates than Hire A Mover. But it’s important to remember that inexperienced movers will take significantly longer to move your goods than professional ones. 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 an Adelaide 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 professional and reliable Adelaide removalist, let us help you. Fill out our online quote form here or give us a call on 1300 358 700.