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.
GK Removals is highly experienced in providing polite, friendly and efficient packing, transporting, and unpacking services. The team also sells new and used packing cartons and packing paper.
With more than 25 years in the industry, fully trained, knowledgeable and licensed movers take great care of all client belongings, including specialty furniture, antiques and delicate artworks. Since inception, GK Removals has stood apart and been market leaders, with innovative solutions, attention to detail and a sharp customer focus.
GK Removals provides the full suite of removal services for domestic, commercial and industrial clients. Deal with the owners of the business from start to finish and be assured that nothing is too much trouble.
All vehicles have the right equipment and packing materials to ensure the highest quality of protection for all furniture and belongings, all at competitive prices.
GK Removals covers all the ACT and into NSW. Moves of any size and complexity are handled with a truly professional approach, whether into a first home, downsized property or expanded business. Each client is consulted in detail to plan and streamline logistics. GK Removals ensures clients are free from stress and can count on moves that are safe, reliable and backed by sterling service.
Free, no-obligation estimates are available, as are advice and recommendations on the best removal options.
Nala Masson wrote on Google, “… it’s a shame I can’t rate higher than a 5-star review … Very professional, efficient and took care of my moving needs with a happy smile.”
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!”
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.”
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
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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.