As exciting as beginning this new chapter in your life is, there’s no denying that moving house is a huge job. Whether you’re down-sizing or up-sizing, staying local or moving across town, moving house can be one of the most involved and potentially stressful things you can do, as you find yourself juggling details like changes of postal address, purchasing your boxes, packing strategically, and figuring out exactly what it is you want to bring with you to your new home. Luckily, Canberra’s removalists are here to help you throughout this process.
Hiring a removalist is a great way to make your moving day far less daunting. Maybe you don’t have a way of safely moving a large dining table, or perhaps making multiple trips to move all of your boxes to your new home would require far too much petrol. Having a professional take care of the these logistical issues for you means that you can relax on this exciting and important day. But what qualities should you look for in a removalist company, and where can you find the best in Canberra?
Let’s find out.
What makes a great removalist company?
There’s more to being a great removalist company than efficiently moving boxes and furniture between locations. We recommend keeping an eye out for the following traits when choosing a removalist for your next move:
- Transparent pricing. Your removalist should be upfront with you about how much things will cost. There should be no unexpected fees or charges. If there are additional costs – such as for the move taking longer than expected, or picking up items from multiple locations – your removalist should make these clear at the start.
- Respectful of your property. The best removalists treat customers’ property like their own – this means keeping mess and disruption to a minimum while being exceptionally careful with your belongings.
- Reliability. Your chosen removalist company should show up on time and ready to work. They should use their time efficiently to help you get settled in to your new place sooner.
- Customer service. Look for friendly, warm and professional customer service – both when you book your move and from the moment the removalists that turn up on the day.
- Additional services. If you’d like your removalist company to take care of jobs like packing/unpacking boxes, check that this is something they can offer.
The best removalists in Canberra – according to you
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.
Quality Removalists have been moving homes and offices in Canberra for over 10 years.
They truly value excellent service as all their customer testimonials mention punctuality and professionalism being delivered on the day and throughout the whole process.
Ensuring your valuables arrive in the exact same condition is also top of mind for David and his team of removalists. They’ll even provide a tailored quote which means you get charged for only what you need and you won’t pay unnecessary fees or overtime. Quality Removalists come highly recommended for their competitive prices and even better service.
The icing on the cake is that David replies to all customer feedback and is building a community of happy customers. Here’s what some of them have to say: ‘They wasted no time, worked really hard for the entire duration and were very pleasant people to have around.’
Family owned and operated with offices in Canberra, Goulburn and the South Coast, Carmen Greens are great if you need help with both removals and storage. They’re great at accommodating special requests, doing everything from carton pick-up and delivery, pet, plant and vehicle relocation, disassembling and reassembling furniture, supplying packing materials, packing breakable items like fine china or electrical goods, or even post-move cleaning. They even provide plastic covers for fabric items and portable wardrobes.
When you contact them they’ll arrange for one of the owners (either John or Paul) to come out and give you a personalised quote so you’ll know exactly what you’ll be up for. 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.”
Their vehicles are fitted with dust-proof packing blankets, lifting straps and trolleys so they can move heavy items quickly and they include fire, collision and overturn insurance for free. They’re also great if you’re moving interstate because they don’t subcontract to third parties.
This family-owned business have been running for more than 20 years and service the entire Canberra region, as well as other nearby towns like Yass, Murrumbateman, Queanbeyan and Royalla.
Their prices are good and they can help out with things like insuring valuable items for the move, disassembling your furniture or getting rid of unwanted furniture. They carry moving blankets and their trucks are fitted with padding and straps, so your things shouldn’t get damaged during transit. They also have a decent fleet of trucks and trailers in different sizes, so you won’t waste money paying for a larger truck than you need.
You should get really good service if you call them and speak to Yesu, with one Rioter (AmyB) commenting on how valuable his advice was helping them get ready for the move, and he even called them the night before to double-check they were still good to go for the following day.
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.
Capital Removal also offers a free online quote estimator, so you can get an idea of pricing before you commit.
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!”
Obviously, moving house doesn’t start and end with a good removalist company. From buying new furniture to finding storage for items you can’t bring with you, there’s plenty to think about. If you’re after more information on how Canberra’s services can help you through this process, try our articles on Canberra’s best second-hand furniture or the best storage facilities in town.