The best removalists in Canberra

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Leader Removals & Storage, one of Canberra’s most recommended removalists. Photo: Leader Removals & Storage.

As exciting as it can be, there’s no denying that moving a house or business is a huge job. Whether you’re downsizing or upsizing, staying local or heading interstate, moving can be stressful. You’ll find yourself juggling details. You’ll also find yourself making multiple decisions, including what to take and what to get rid of.

To streamline matters, you’ll understand the importance of using a professional removalist to help you move quickly and efficiently.

In this article, we’ll outline the qualities to consider when choosing a removalist company, and share where to find the best in Canberra.

What makes a great removalist company?

Choosing the right removalist company can take the stress out of what can be a physically exhausting and emotionally draining experience.

It can be helpful to keep the following in mind when choosing a removalist company.

  • Pricing. Ask your removalist to be clear about how much your move will cost. Make an inventory of what needs to be moved. Send your inventory to the removalist for accurate quoting. Some removalist companies even have online forms to complete. Be clear if you need additional requirements. This can include picking up or dropping off items from multiple locations, since this can affect the cost.
  • Respectful service. You’ll want a removalist who treats your property as if it was their own. This means a removalist who takes great care with your belongings and tidies up when the job is done.
  • Reliable. Choose a removalist company that commits to showing up on time and gets stuck into the job. This means a company that commits to working efficiently when loading and unloading.
  • Caring staff. Look for friendly and professional staff who respect that they’re in your property while working.
  • Additional services. If you’re looking for additional services, like supplying boxes, packing and unpacking, check online to make sure the removalist companies can help.

The best removalists in Canberra

Riotact’s editorial team has combed through 20 years of on-site comments to compile a list of the most recommended businesses according to you.

To be listed in our Best of Canberra series, each business needs to have consistently received positive feedback on Riotact and Facebook as well as maintaining a minimum average of 4/5 stars on Google.

Virgil Removals

Virgil Removals

Virgil Removals treats furniture and property like their own. Qualified, experienced staff guarantee to remove furniture without a scratch or Virgil Removals will pay for repairs.

Staff are trained by an in-house Removalist University Coordinator on packing and unpacking, dismantling furniture and wrapping furniture. All staff are employed by Virgil Removals–no subcontractors are used. In addition to high-quality removalist duties, staff are extensively trained on customer service.

Services are available 7 days a week and include removals for small, medium and large houses and apartments, as well as offices. Virgil Removals also handles custom removals.

Virgil Removals services clients with prepacking, unpacking, transport and relocation services. Storage and packing materials and equipment are available. So too is home and commercial cleaning.

With a large fleet of trucks of all sizes, Virgil Removals provides moving services in Canberra and surrounds and interstate.

Virgil Removals’ dedicated Head Office staff deal with all components of a move–enquiries, quotes and bookings.

With more than 10 years’ experience, Virgil Removals is fully insured and provides an on-time guarantee. Free, no-obligation quotes are available, and Virgil Removals matches any written quote on a like-to-like basis.

As Alan Semann wrote on Riotact, “We used Virgil Removals for our move and I was massively impressed with these guys. I had to move as a matter or priority due to domestic violence. Virgil Removals ... were aware of the situation, they were polite and courteous and I urge anyone who wants a professional and quality removal company to call Ian and the team at Virgil Removals."

4/19 Gungahlin Place
Gungahlin ACT 2912
Quality Removals

Quality Removals

Quality Removalists have been moving homes and offices in Canberra and interstate for more than 10 years. The team values excellent service with all removal and relocation services. The team arrives on time and works efficiently and with great care, treating customer property as if it was their own. Quality Removals can provide boxes and packing material too.

Over the past decade, Quality Removals has handled hundreds of local moves for homeowners and business owners. Customers receive detailed, accurate and competitive quotes. The business is fully insured.

Quality Removals operates with fully equipped trucks and uses heavy duty blankets, trolleys, heavy duty straps and tools to dismantle furniture, white goods and other items. All vehicles have lifters to ensure safe transportation of all items.

Service is friendly and professional, with movers trained to be respectful when working. The team works hard to make each moving experience pleasant and stress free.

On Google, Alix Smith wrote, “Staff were professional, on time, and efficient. We were impressed by the care they took in moving large items throughout our home and they were sure not to bump any walls or furniture. The quote was accurate and the overall cost was good value.”

Leader Removals and Storage

Leader Removals and Storage

Leader Removals and Storage has been operating in Canberra and surrounding areas since 1997, providing fast and efficient service at every stage of a home or business relocation. Professional and fully trained staff handle relocations with respect and care. Leader Removals and Storage operates in Murrumbateman, Yass, Gundaroo and surrounds. They also work interstate, including to Melbourne, the Sunshine Coast and areas in between.

Removalist and relocation services include pre-packing of removal cartons, container storage, specialised transport, and cleaning.  Leader Removals and Storage also sells new and quality pre-loved cartons to customers as well as packing materials (including tape, paper and heavy-duty mattress and couch covers). Free estimates are available online or Leader Removals and Storage can visit client premises to provide a detailed quote so there are no surprises on move day.

Leader Removals and Storage use clean and well-maintained vehicles. Polite, professional, and courteous staff are experienced in all aspects of removals and storage.

Jen Iles wrote on Riotact, “Everyone we dealt with was amazing from office staff to the boys moving us from the Northern Rivers to ACT then to the South Coast. Packed with care and stored correctly. Absolutely recommend. Fair pricing and great communication!”

50 Morisset Road
Kenny ACT 2911
CBR Removalists

CBR Removalists

A family run business dedicated to exceptional, easy and no-fuss service, Canberra Removalists has been in the moving industry for decades. Fully trained team members know that moving is stressful so are punctual, friendly and efficient.

CBR Removalists operates trucks that handle large, medium and small moves. An exclusive packing service is available for customers wanting a "turn-key" service, so they don’t need to lift a finger.

Fully Aussie owned, operated and insured, CBR Removalists offers a best-price guarantee. Provide an official written quote from another professional company offering the same service level and CBR Removalists will beat it by 5 per cent.

CBR Removalists, one of the capital’s top moving companies, has been in the industry for decades. Team members are fully trained and know how to pack, unpack and move while protecting property as if it was their own. All movers are police checked and Canberra locals.

For a small fee, CBR Removalists can 100 per cent insure furniture, appliances and belongings, giving customers additional peace of mind.

CBR Removalists offers free quotes with no hidden costs. All pricing is honest and straightforward, with no hidden costs.

With CBR Removalists, it’s always service with a smile.

Jack Owen wrote on Google, "The 2nd time I have used Capital Removals and each time they do it well. Moving is awful but these just take the pain out of the moving process."

Level 6, 2 Marcus Clarke Street
Carmen Greens Furniture Removals & Storage

Carmen Greens Furniture Removals & Storage

Family owned and operated, with offices in Canberra, Goulburn and the South Coast, Carmen Greens Furniture Removals and Storage handles all stages of home and business moves. They also provide storage services (short or long-term conventional or containerised), guaranteeing possessions are kept safe and secure.

Moving vehicles Carmen Greens uses are fully equipped, including with dust-proof packing blankets, lifting straps and trolleys, enabling movers to work quickly. The company is fully insured and doesn’t subcontract to third parties.

Carmen Greens is also willing to accommodate special requests, including carton pick up and delivery, as well as pet, plants and vehicle relocation.

Detailed and free quotes are reliable and competitive. Carmen Greens will also provide free advice to help with relocations and make them as stress-free as possible.

As Fiona Mutton writes on Riotact, "I’ve moved more than 20 times and the best move I’ve ever had was my last one with Carmen Greens. Truly 5 star service!"

If you’re looking for more information on moving, you might like our articles on the best end of lease cleaners, the best storage facilities, the best furnitures stores and best second-hand furniture stores Canberra has to offer.

Your experience with removalist companies in Canberra

Thanks to our commenters who have provided insightful feedback. If you believe we have got it wrong, please let us know.
Have you had experience with any of the removalist companies listed above? If so, share your feedback in the comments below.

Frequently Asked Questions

What do removalists do?

On top of physically moving your boxes and furniture from your old home or business to your new one, many removalists offer other services. They can providing boxes and packing materials, for example. They can also disassemble furniture and get rid of old furniture. Some can even provide storage facilities.

Why should I hire a removalist?

Hiring a professional removalist will ensure that your items are transported professionally, and that the whole moving process is taken care of efficiently. They're expert at moving large, heavy and awkward items without damaging them. Importantly, hiring a professional removalist company takes the stress out of your move.

How much does a removalist cost?

The cost for your move depends on several factors. Generally, removalists will quote based on factors like the:

  • - size of the truck needed for your load
  • - distance to travel
  • - number of trips needed
  • - extra services you need

Are removalists liable for damage?

It's important to ask your removalist company about this. Ask about their damage policy and ask about the insurances they have in place.

What do I need to do to prepare for removalists?

You can talk to your removalist company about what you can do to prepare and help make your move quick and efficient. They'll let you know what to do with, for example, packing and labelling boxes.

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Todd Goldenberg2:00 pm 21 Jul 22

I was ultra impressed with the service Virgil Removals provided for my wife and I yesterday. The company is very organised and thorough and inevitably highly professional. I was very careful when I chose them, I called a number of different movers in Canberra and Virgils impressed us the most. We were award the service provided by the office can be different to that of the ground staff (in this case, the removalists) so we were aware of that. However, the removalists were hard working men. You can see they are very well trained by the head office and put their head down and work hard with a good attitude. I have no hesitation in recommending them to anyone looking for a great team and service for the pending move.

I am afraid that our experience with Virgil Removals was entirely different to most of the reviews below.

We had an awful experience and do not recommend that you use this company.

Nat O'Rourke2:11 pm 11 Jun 22

We are fresh off a move conducted by Virgil Removalists. Our experience was very pleasurable. They were flexible with the start time, they booked us mid morning to fit in with our daycare drop off of our son. They removalists worked hard and carefully throughout the day, and on the other end, they set our sons room up first because they were working into the night and at least he had somewhere to settle whilst the moving was still taking place in the evening. A friendly, considerate and respectful company.

Ricardo Hoist7:07 am 10 May 22

I cannot speak highly enough for Virgil Removalists. The process was made so streamlined from the time of booking to the time the Removalists arrived and finished the job. Everything was well run, organised – it ran like clockwork. A very professional and well ran organisation.

We booked with Virgil Removals to move my elderly mum who has dementia to a nursing home. The company was so helpful and compassionate. I would have rang 10 times before the move (after we booked) to ask questions and they always made us feel heard and answered our questions very patiently. They were professional and organised. The 2 staff today were equally as organised and compassionate. They turned up with boxes and tap, boxed and packed mums entire house. The nursing home made them do RAT tests to enter the Home, and nothing was too much for these guys, and the owner even stopped by to make sure the move was going smoothly. When you think moving, I urge you to do what I did and book Virgil Removals.

I would like to publicly thank Virgil Team for their impressive job on our move. 5 bedroom home that we have lived in for 30 years, a lot of boxes and furniture. Thank you, thank you!

Cynthia Lamshield5:41 pm 23 Mar 22

After one of the removalists on this page (won’t mention names!! but really angry) didn’t turn up when we booked them, we called Virgil Removalists as an emergency as we needed to be out because we had settlement the same day. Virgil Removalists were really sympathetic and they were booked out but the man in the office said he will call his customers and see if he can shuffle some things around… he called me back 20 mins later and managed to move one customer to the evening, and squeezed our important move in and had a truck and movers at my house within 1 hour!! For a company to go above and beyond like that, i was really appreciative of and will tell anyone how good these guys were.

Mohidi Kovano8:17 am 19 Mar 22

I need move house and work colleague suggest Virgil Removals so I book them and they move me in apartment from Braddon to Turner and very good know what they doing and careful not to scratch anything and take care of furniture very well. i only sign 12 month lease and have to move again because owner want to move in after so i need move in 12 months time again and will defantely use Virgil removals then to.

Ida Isandespha11:01 am 10 Mar 22

I want to move, then I end up in here to get good recommendation removal. Many people say Virgil is good so I call Virgil removal. I was so upset because the CS so rude to me. He don’t want explain anything and very rude.

Christian Ward8:02 am 08 Mar 22

Virgil Removals are the goods. We had a convoluted move, multiple drop off locations, main items from our house to storage for a week before our new house settled. Then from storage to our new house. Ian handled it all. The guys were careful, quick and efficient. Put all our beds together and were timely, and courteous and superb guy. I hope I do not need to move anytime soon, but if I do, I would use only Virgil Removals again.

Malcolm Ronald Davis6:00 pm 06 Mar 22

Leaders have handled a number if removals for me, from the Gold Coast to Canberra, within Canberra, and for my parents, Bronwen and Ron, within Canberra. They have always been highly professional and efficient, flexible in terms of accomodating the customer’s needs, and pleasant to work with. Leaders is the best removalist experience we’ve had, and we’d always come back to them. Forget the rest – Leaders is the best.

Susan Stevens1:41 pm 24 Feb 22

Definitely use Virgil removals the experience we had with them Monday was terrific.

Booked with Virgil Removals and I am utterly blown away. I changed the date 2 times as my settlement date kept changing, this was not an issue for the office. They would send new booking confirmation numbers each other, and the removalists were such hard workers. There was nothing they didn’t do, the helped pack for me, moved pot plants, a large trampoline and swing set in the backyard, took beds apart and put them back together – the day went perfect thanks to Virgil.

Virgil Removals move us embaassy, big job in Yarralumla to O’Malley, very good company, do good price and beautiful service with office very professional and boys in the truck very helpful and good i do recommend Virgil Removals.

Leader removals were fantastic, well priced, professional team, will use again without worry or hesitation

ABSOLUTEY DO NOT BOOK WITH VIRGIL. Don’t bother getting a booking time or a quote because they’ll be super late and then try and charge you more. Completely incompetent. I booked for 1pm. I called and called and called and nothing. Eventually at 1:30 they finally call me to say they’d just finished the job before AND THEY’RE GOING TO HAVE LUNCH, so they’ll be there about 2:30. What’s the point of booking a time at all? Completely utterly incompetent. Don’t waste your own time. They arrived 1 and a half hours late, smoking, not wearing masks. My couch now smells musty and gross. I asked them to wrap it in the plastic couch protector I purchased and despite having a 2 seater couch and the protector being 2-3 seater they said it “didn’t fit”. And now my couch smells. It started raining and they took my $2300 tv out in the rain without wrapping it. It had grimy hand marks all over it. My washing machine is now leaking. JUST COMPLETELY AVOID. They’re not worth your time or money. They’ll be more of a headache than a help. And moving is stressful enough.

Yesterday was the 7th time my family and I have moved in 10 years. We did thorough research this time and made sure we contacted many locals removalists. We booked a pack and move with Virgil Removals whom we felt were most professional on the phone. And on the staff, the ground staff (the removalists) were as good and professional as the Office were. We have 4 kids, 6 bedroom home, and a lot of stuff. The pack and move went better than we could ever imagine. If you’re looking for a removalist who are professional, polite, effective with time, and take care of your belongings – then book Virgil Removals for your next move.

MaryanneSlatte18:31 am 12 Dec 21

I booked CBD Movers 3 weeks in advance and paid a deposit. When the truck was late, I phoned the company, was ‘disconnected’ twice and after 45 minutes, was told the truck wasn’t available and the earliest they could book me in was in 2 weeks.
Note: they did not tell me this until I called them.
They did not try to offer an alternate truck of removalist company.
I phoned many other removalists trying to get another truck who all told me that CBD Movers have a reputation for cancelling on clients at the last minute.
Worst company ever.

I wanted to get on and thank the entire team at Virgil Removals who did our move yesterday. You guys are so professional, we have a heap of antique furniture, paintings, crystal ornaments. Virgil Removals put all out beds together we will so impressed I want to recommend these guys looking for a stress free and professional move!

david Ashton9:35 am 23 Nov 21

I booked with Virgil removal and regret it greatly.
The confirmation booking email had a 1300 number on it, with no response on day of moving.
No response to email confirming 900am booking 2 days prior.
At 9am on the day of the move contacted by Removalist with different company name, who then changed to Virgil when I questioned. Removalist said they could not start until 3pm rather than 9am booking due to completing move from prior day.
Avoid Virgil like the plague.

Virgil Removals9:58 am 13 Dec 21

Hi Dave,
We’re sorry you’re so disgruntled that we had to push your start time back 4-5 hours that you need to get on every platform to vent. As we explained, we have a contact with the AFP where we (sometimes) do emergency moves for victims of Domestic Violence. This was the reason behind our delayed start time for your job. We realised our AFP contracted move was going to take all day, so we organised one of our other trucks to go to your job as soon as they finished their morning job. Unfortunately, this wasn’t good enough for you. We’re sincerely sorry about any inconvenience caused, we realise rescheduling it not ideal, but we also wish you were slightly more understand that sometimes there’s other more important issues out there, such as domestic violence as well.

Rosemary Turner10:59 pm 10 Nov 21

How reassuring it was to have my move done today by Virgil Removals, a company whom takes the utmost care with your belongings and does it with a smile on their face. From the time I emailed, I received a prompt and clear email back. I rang to make the booking and spoke to a very helpful and nice gentleman. The movers today were equally as good. I will be recommending any who moves to use Virgil Removals.

We used Virgil Removals for our move and I was massively impressed with these guys. I had to move as a matter or priority due to domestic violence. Virgil Removals were booked out Saturday but came at 6am on Sunday as they knew I was anxious about getting moved with my kids. They were aware of the situation, they were polite and courteous and I urge anyone who wants a professional and quality removal company to call Ian and the team at Virgil Removals.

My husband and I were thoroughly impressed with Capital Removal whom we used for our 5 bedroom move on Saturday. They did a pack and move as we are time poor so we did not have to lift a finger. The organisation is very professional, they replied to my initial email very promptly. Once I had questions, which they willingly answered and I proceed to make a booking, they sent a booking confirmation number. The movers and packers on the day made contact with me prior to arrival, and on the job they were very respectful and professional.

Hi there! Can I ask how much this packing and moving service cost? My family are also wildly time poor and will need this same moving package.
Thanks ??

We were appalled by the service offered by ACT Movers. Our experience was they offered to assist us, then were non-responsive, then withdrew all assistance. We ended up wasting 1 week because of their approach.
In our estimation this is not a responsible company and, in the end, we were so thankful we did not end up engaging them.

We were absolutely impressed with the services provided by ACT Movers. From the moment of the first online enquiry via their easy to read & access website, we received an email response very quickly, with everything we needed to know. I called to make our booking & the staff were excellent, with clear & concise communication skills.
I felt confident with the move going ahead as there was a confirmation email sent as well as reminder email the afternoon before the move. Everything went smoothly on the day of the move, with the staff arriving on time, in uniform & very attentive to our needs. I have since learned that ACT Movers also do office relocations and I have booked them again for our office relocation. I highly recommend this team for any move large or small. They are not the cheapest moving company, but they absolutely go above & beyond. You really get a quality job with little stress! Cheers Nic

A huge shoutout to the team at Capital Removal who helped my elderly parents downsize from their house of 40 years. My parents were extremely anxious about everything, but we were assured we were in good hands with the team at the office, and this showed on the day with the team on the days. Zeke and Mitch were phenomenal. They did a pack and move which was a massive task in itself, with 40 years of accumulated belongings. They moved and unpacked at the other end and I cannot put in towards how thankful we are with the job, to see my parents happy and not stressed at completion was a good feeling. Thank you!!

Hi there! I also need a packing/ moving service – just wondering how much they charged your parents for the double package?

Damien Samios12:19 am 24 Nov 20

When most people think of a removalist, they think of moving house, but what happens when you need to move your business? Complex moves require a level of expertise and care especially when dealing with expensive infrastructure, and for this reason, I would highly recommend Leader Removals and Storage. Their attention to details and their level of care is far beyond what you would expect from a removalist. The team at Leader Removals take the time to do the job right ensuring your office move is a smooth as possible.

Leader Removals exceeded my expectations on three occasions in less than 6 months during Covid. Pack up my place while I was away. All into storage. Delivery and unpack. Nil missing or broken. All on time – with great rates and clear and concise communication. I referred them for two other moves where the results were the same yet requirement much more complex. Highly recommend Fran, Andrew and the Team.

Craig Whitfield7:43 am 02 Oct 20

I had a unique move where I had old, antique furniture and we required the move and pick up to be 3 locations. Capital Removal were really transparent and easy to deal with and the move went very smoothly. Highly recommended!

We used Carmen Greens to move from Canberra to Sydney. They were absolutely brilliant. Just so professional. I cannot recommend them highly enough. They were flexible and accommodating to all requests. Always on time. They were also quite reasonably priced.

We recently used the team at Capital Removal for our move. Moving house can be stressful and we have had some ordinary experiences in the past with our removals companies but the team at Capital Removal were great. I booked over the phone and had lots of questions and the owner Scotty was great to deal with as were the team who helped us move on the day.

I just moved house last week, and used ACT MOVERS, they were very professional from the moment of the booking, every detail was taken care of in their email correspondence which helped make the move so much easier. The staff were always contactable by phone or email and knew all the details of my complicated move. The truck showed up on time, well equipped and the workers were very experienced and polite. After a quick chat with the driver I discovered the secret of good service in this industry is to not overbook jobs as other companies tend to do. So, if you are lucky enough to get a spot with these guys for your move, there is nothing to worry about. They really take the stress out of moving.

We just moved between Camberra suburbs with Mitchell Family Removals. Can’t speak highly enough of them. Colin and Gary worked twelve hours straight with no lunch break; they were friendly, professional and efficient. Would definitely recommend.

I moved 10 times in 12 years and finally settled in my forever home. My wife and I agreed to go with the bigger companies, We just figured they would be a safe bet… each move was a new experience but unfortunately, it was worse than the last.
From scratched floors, cracked stairs, marks and holes on walls, ripped carpet, damaged and broken furniture. One company reversed into my house and knocked a corner wall down. Another crew had a fight amongst themselves on our driveway.
I couldn’t believe the lunacy we were paying to see. We do laugh about it now.
I asked my real estate agent if he knew of any good removalists, he suggested White Knight. They also came highly recommended to us in Melbourne as we were looking to move back to Canberra. Though at that time we regrettably went with another company.
Since then, White Knight has moved us 4 times. Matt (the owner) has packed our stuff away in the truck in one go every time, my wife and I couldn’t believe it, it is impressive to see. Above all, nothing has ever been damaged.
I can assure you, guys like this are hard to find.
Thanks for everything White Knight.

We recently relocated from just outside the ACT to western Sydney. Colin and Garry from Mitchell Family Removals did a stellar job. The level of care and consideration was amazing; they looked after our (mountain of) belongings as you would if it were the Mona Lisa. Everything packed onto the truck(s) with precision, and wrapped and stacked to prevent damage. We highly recommend them!!

After reading reviews on this thread about White Knight, we recently used them to move house, but had a bad experience. They scratched the front of our fridge by dropping it in a stairwell, chipped several wooden chair legs, and worst of all, put a small ~5cm hole in our plaster wall after pushing a door knob through it after removing the door stop. This didn’t concern us greatly until we contacted Diane to discuss repairs, however she angrily argued that it was ‘our fault’ (somehow?) and that we shouldn’t expect them to spend the time, effort or expense to rectify the damage they caused. Mind-blowing arrogance. Will never use this company again.

Hi, We recently booked our move with ACT Movers – BEST MOVE EVER!
We booked in advance & the guy on the phone (Yesu?) was very helpful, gave us very good advice for getting ready before the move & for on the day of the move. Yesu called me the night before to
confirm booking & made sure we were still good to go. The guys arrived on time, got started straight away, took very good care of our items & genuinely cared about making our move swift & successful. Not only that they were clean, sensibly dressed, did not stop for cigarette breaks or any break for that matter! They even helped us disassemble 2 beds! We will be recommending ACT Movers to anyone & we will definitely be using them for our next move

I’d like to second this recommendation. I used ACT Movers service recently and it’s very nice experiences. The two guys arrived on time. They treated the items very carefully. The minimum booking was for two hours and not cheap, but I’m happy with their services. Highly recommended!

G&K Removals. No hesitation recommending these guys. I’ve moved a lot and used heaps of removalists but I won’t use any others since finding these guys for my last two moves. Both times the guys earned themselves a case of beer from me. Even though they charge by the hour they move fast, but nothing got broken both times they’ve moved me. (And no, I don’t work for G&K Removals ;))

dlenihan said :

Very negative I know, but as a defence member with multiple moves under my belt, they are all as BAD as each other.

Just use one of the bigger names if you afford it.

The other tip is don’t stress, moving is a terrible process, just let it happen, worry and stress wont improve it.

Um, don’t DHA and TOLL organise defence removals, including pre pack, storage, transport and unpack. This is not only free for defence members but they also recieve a bunch of allowances including a disturbance, travel, accomodation allowance. All you have to do is fill out the itinerary? That would have to be the least stressful move I have ever heard of.

Very negative I know, but as a defence member with multiple moves under my belt, they are all as BAD as each other.

Just use one of the bigger names if you afford it.

The other tip is don’t stress, moving is a terrible process, just let it happen, worry and stress wont improve it.

Montagne. Great guys, good price, very careful.

Milly Withers10:03 am 12 May 15

I used Capital Removals back in December and while it was only a small move (one small truck and a couple of hours work), I was really impressed with their work and prices.

We used ACT MOVERS to move our house on February, they were great. Very friendly and polite guys, Good price and really careful and professional. Fully recommended.

AnglicareACT12:06 pm 15 Jan 15

I can highly recommend Mitchell Family Removals.
We recently relocated a disability service from one site in Canberra to another. Colin and Gary from Mitchell Family Removals were fantastic and great to work with. They were hard working and really helpful, and showed incredible patience as we had clients accessing both sites.

Moved_to_Curtin8:33 pm 29 Oct 14

I had a great experience with White Knight Transport in April 2014 for a local move between suburbs. They were professional, careful with our stuff, and worked hard. The price was competitive were the second cheapest of five quotes that I received. Sometimes there are reasons not to go cheap. My move was more difficult than they anticipated because of poor street access, and I am appreciate their effort. (Just an aside: I wouldn’t book an afternoon move with any mover because the first job of the day can take longer than expected and that throws off their schedule.)

One firm I would NEVER recommend is Grace Removals. I paid extra by using them as I thought their reputation was good. The move from Canberra to Newcastle proved this wrong. One damaged lounge and smashed statue says otherwise. Paying upfront you don’t have much recourse. Efforts to settle my claim have met with lack of service and almost no communication on their part.

OK, here’s something you don’t see everyday on Riotact, positive feedback.

We used White Knight last week for our move and are very happy. We were quoted on both an hourly rate and an estimate based on the amount of furniture etc we had with what ever works out cheapest being what we’ll pay. They also recommended three guys would be best for our move.
Lee, Quentin and Karl turned up right on time, were very friendly, took a look through the house and suggested two trips would be quickest rather than packing everything in one trip.

Two loads and under five hours later a large three bedroom house and garage full of crap was transported to another three bedroom house with garage with a minimum of fuss and zero damage or breakages. Admittedly it was neighbouring suburbs but that does not detract from the great job they did. The boys also helped out with moving some existing furniture in the new place to different rooms.

If you’re looking to move, White Knight Removalists come highly recommended from this rioter.

Wanted to bump this thread and would prefer to see positive comments from regular posters rather than non regulars of you know what I mean…
Urchin, Mighty Joe, how did you go?

Masquara said :

Beethoven moved a piano for me a few years ago and the driver bumped along my street at high speed – pianos should be moved carefully and slowly. Beethoven can’t be trusted.

I’m quite pastoral to him myself.

Beethoven moved a piano for me a few years ago and the driver bumped along my street at high speed – pianos should be moved carefully and slowly. Beethoven can’t be trusted.

+1 for White Knight Transport. We moved between suburbs in ACT his month and it was quick and easy.

MightyJoe said :

I’ll give feedback on Whiteknight shortly, i’ve booked them for a move within the next 3 weeks.

Have you had your move yet MightyJoe? We’ll be in need of a removalist also soon and have been solicited by Whiteknight and Chess.

I had a very good experience with Chess Removals. All my furniture was individually wrapped in packing blankets and carefully loaded and unloaded. Not one single scratch anywhere. They also arrived on time!

I’ll give feedback on Whiteknight shortly, i’ve booked them for a move within the next 3 weeks.

urchin said :

dungfungus said :

These team is the best but I am unsure whether they will come this far south.

Actually that is the precise company we used when we moved here from Japan. they were amazing and incredibly careful with our stuff (moreso than we are). i know not to expect anything on that level here but would prefer a company that won’t go out of its way to break stuff. last time we moved within canberra we got a broken tv and a broken washing machine out of it… :-/

anyway, thanks for the recommendations all – i will get estimates from those mentioned. much appreciated!

Are you mocking me? I mean no one on this blog ever says thanks to me.

dungfungus said :

These team is the best but I am unsure whether they will come this far south.

Actually that is the precise company we used when we moved here from Japan. they were amazing and incredibly careful with our stuff (moreso than we are). i know not to expect anything on that level here but would prefer a company that won’t go out of its way to break stuff. last time we moved within canberra we got a broken tv and a broken washing machine out of it… :-/

anyway, thanks for the recommendations all – i will get estimates from those mentioned. much appreciated!

These team is the best but I am unsure whether they will come this far south.

KT67 said :

Carmen Green, they did a fantastic job of our last move and charged by the hour with no hidden charges. They were the first removalists who worked out the huge recliner couch came apart which meant unlike previous removals the door frames didn’t cop a beating.

I was very happy with Carmen Green too; however my last move was 10 years ago. I also wanted to store quite a bit of stuff while I had work done on my new place: that was no trouble and, again, not too expensive.

JonnoR said :

Steer clear of two men and a truck. Used to be good but recent experience proves otherwise

I’ve used them twice in recent years and found them good. But it would very much depend on who you get on the day. Also, I’m probably not that particular about my stuff so my main concern is speed and cost.

emperorminge9:17 am 11 Jun 13

Allied Pickfords did a great job last time I used them. Very quick, good price and importantly, zero damage.

Holden Caulfield10:25 pm 10 Jun 13

JonnoR said :

Steer clear of two men and a truck. Used to be good but recent experience proves otherwise

Tell me more? I’m about to move house soon and was hoping to use them to move the heavier items while I did the rest.

You are looking for a careful removalist in Canberra? Heh, good luck! Hard to find. What annoys me is most, it is mostly luck of the draw, depending on who is on the job at the time.

Anyway, if I had to tout one, I would go with one in particular, Beethoven Piano Movers. Despite the name, they do more than just pianos – they are bona fide heavy lifters and they are actually careful with your stuff. Yes, regardless of who is on the job at the time, they are well trained and actually take careful pride in their work.

btw, let us know how you get on.

(Whatever you decide, just steer clear of the ones that hack up a lung while you are on the phone with them, no matter how cheap they are.) Bad experiences_R_Us.


Carmen Green, they did a fantastic job of our last move and charged by the hour with no hidden charges. They were the first removalists who worked out the huge recliner couch came apart which meant unlike previous removals the door frames didn’t cop a beating.

Madam Cholet7:21 pm 10 Jun 13

Can’t recall who we used about 10 years ago in Tuggers, but I do recall the guy who came to give the quote commented that we had nice furniture and that they would do certain things to protect it, for instance wrapping the legs of a piece of furniture to stop any scratches. When it came to moving the things none of this eventuated, and whilst we got through unscathed, I remember it as a lesson to ensure they do what they say for the money they will charge.

I suggest White Knight Transport. They’ve moved me 4 times now. They achieved a great job every time. Punctual, careful, efficient and I think relatively cheap.

Mitchell Family Removals may do local. I have used them to move household goods twice to SE Qld with good results both times and no breakages. Personal service. I’d use them again.
Mob: 0418 430 422 / 02 6278 3621.

OT but in keeping with the political climate at the moment. I remember on election night 1996 – when Keating and Labor were defeated – Tower Removalists parked their truck outside The Lodge. It was a bit more imaginative than what happened in Brisbane last year when a fat lady sang The Carnival Is Over outside State Parliament the night Labor was wiped off the electoral map.

Steer clear of two men and a truck. Used to be good but recent experience proves otherwise

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