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 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."
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 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!”
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."
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.
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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:
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.