Should you DIY or hire removalists?

There isn’t one perfect answer for everyone. But when it comes to doing it yourself of hiring a removalist, think it through well before you move home.

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It’s the age-old question: to pack your house up yourself or pay removalists to do it for you?

So, what are the pros and cons of DIY versus using a removalist? There isn’t one perfect answer for everyone, but there are many considerations in finding the solution that’s right for you.

Who does it better?

Have a think about how your furniture and boxes are going to get from your previous residence to your new home. Which option do you think will have it done within your time constraints? Who do you have around who can help you? Which way do you think will do the least amount of damage to your things?

Of course, a removalist only does it well if they’re a good removalist. Ask your social networks for recommendations for a reliable one. You friends are no doubt willing to unpack their past experiences for you, good and bad.


It’s easy to consider removalists as the most expensive option. However, it’s worth investigating the real costs for yourself. After all, the amount your friends paid might be different. That’s because prices vary based on the distance you’re moving and how much furniture you have.

The best way to contact removalists for quotes is to narrow your options down to two or three. Have your dates ready, plus a sense of how much you need to move. From there, you can get a more accurate quote, based on your specific circumstances.

Ask each removalist what’s included in those quotes. Do they provide boxes? Do they pack your things or are you expected to do that? How much will they charge if your settlement time is delayed? Do they have options for you to do part of the work yourself, or do they cover every step of the move?

Compare your quotes with the costs of moving yourself. Those costs include renting a truck, paying people to help you, boxes and tape, and your time might also be a factor you’d like to include in your cost comparison.

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Stress and other considerations

There are also hidden costs with moving, like the stress of taking it all on by yourself compared with any stress you might experience in using a removalist. If you’re packing boxes yourself, for example, packing slowly over a longer period of time can reduce your stress.

Asking friends for help can help ease the pressure and make moving day a little more light-hearted.

There’s also ongoing COVID restrictions to consider while you’re moving out and/or moving in. Fortunately, in many areas, moving is considered an essential service, but make sure to check your local government website for all the details.

Whichever option you choose, make sure you have your comfortable bed earmarked as a priority to be set up for your first night in your new home.

Next up: let’s talk about moving with pets and how to ensure the best for your four-legged family members as you prepare for the big move.

And don’t forget to print out a copy of our Changing Your Address checklist below so you can mark essential items off in the weeks leading up to your big move.

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