The best removalists in Canberra


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.

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.

Lisa Wilmot wrote on Google, “We’ve used Leader Removals and Storage several times over the past 15 years for big and small jobs. Staff are always courteous, helpful and professional.”

50 Morisset Road
Kenny ACT 2911
Capital Removal

Capital Removal

Capital Removal provides premium furniture removal and relocation services across Canberra and interstate. With over 16 years of experience, its team prides itself on being reliable, efficient, competitive and reasonably priced.

In addition to helping you move house or business premises, Capital Removal provides services including cleaning, pre-packing and unpacking, and supplying packing materials. So whether you’re relocating to a studio apartment in the heart of the city or to a five-bedroom home down the coast, you can be confident Capital Removal has everything you need to ensure a smooth move.

Here’s what happy customers Bec and Jamie had to say about their experience with Capital Removal in a website testimonial: “We would just like to thank you all for a smooth move yesterday. From our first contact with you guys it was all smooth sailing. It was helpful to get confirming phone calls and accurate quotes from day one. Thanks to the three great blokes who made a stressful day much less stressful!”

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.”

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.

Dawson Moving and Storage

Dawson Moving and Storage provides local and interstate packing, removal and storage services. With fully equipped vans and experienced movers, Dawson Moving and Storage makes every move stress free. The team handles all aspects of a relocation, no matter how small or large. Detailed quotes are provided.

On Google, Paul Kirk wrote, “The team that did my removal was great. Very professional, helpful, fun and easy going. Best removalists I’ve ever had.”

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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42 Responses to The best removalists in Canberra
Beth Nettal Beth Nettal 8:17 am 29 Jun 21

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.

alan Laos alan Laos 4:45 pm 02 Jun 21

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.

nicole1966 nicole1966 11:37 am 17 Feb 21

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

Gemma Lee Gemma Lee 7:36 am 05 Feb 21

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!!

Damien Samios Damien Samios 12:19 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.

petert petert 10:06 pm 05 Nov 20

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 Whitfield Craig Whitfield 7:43 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!

Tim Hosking Tim Hosking 1:27 pm 12 Sep 20

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.

jenbrett jenbrett 2:03 pm 25 Mar 20

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.

Jenny White Jenny White 4:55 pm 17 Oct 19

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.

petebright petebright 8:41 am 03 Aug 19

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.

katsandris katsandris 12:03 pm 07 Aug 18

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.

jagster jagster 7:03 am 25 May 18

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!!

JitterBlip JitterBlip 2:41 pm 12 Jan 17

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.

AmyB AmyB 6:56 pm 19 Nov 15

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

    ruyhliu ruyhliu 9:31 am 31 Jan 18

    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!

Iphone75 Iphone75 12:24 am 17 Mar 15

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.

AnglicareACT AnglicareACT 12:06 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_Curtin Moved_to_Curtin 8:33 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.)

Raidensnan Raidensnan 1:14 pm 30 Sep 14

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.

imarty imarty 1:27 pm 30 Sep 13

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.

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