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Canberra removalists

Moving house is a huge job. There’s so much to think about: packing, cleaning, organising, getting rid of the old, purchasing the new… the list goes on. The last thing you want is the added stress of dodgy, unreliable removalists.

To help with this, we’ve put together the top 5 removalists based on your feedback. Check it out, see what you think, and fingers-crossed your moving day runs smoothly.

What Makes a Great Removalist?

Let’s clarify what exactly makes a great removalist company.

  • Affordability. That means no hidden costs or nasty surprises.
  • Respect. Workers must treat your furniture, boxes, artwork, and other household goods with care. And, they must do everything they can to avoid damage.
  • Reliability. This means they show up on time and ready to work.
  • Customer service. Service should be professional, friendly, and polite.
  • Efficiency. Removalists should be experienced workers that don’t waste your time. They get the job done, and they get it done fast.

The Top 5 Canberra Removalists According to You

RiotACT’s editorial team has combed through 19 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.

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 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.

Pearl Transport Canberra

Pearl Transport Canberra

Established in 1992, this Mitchell-based removalist company have more than 20 years’ experience working throughout Canberra and the ACT. Possibly the biggest benefit of choosing them is their box supply service, where they can deliver all the boxes you’ll need for the move to you in advance so you can get everything packed and organised in the lead-up to moving day.

They’re also a good choice if you’re working to a strict budget because they’ll let you specify an hour cap so you don’t get any nasty bill-shock at the end of the day. They’ll deal with all the largest and heaviest items first, so if you reach the time cap you should be able to manage any remaining smaller items on your own. If you’re not sure how long you’ll realistically need, they’ll even send someone out to give you a time estimate based on the items you need moved and give you a quote based on that.

With a fleet of 3 trucks they can handle most types of moves, they have full transport insurance and also offer a post-move cleaning service if that’s something you want help with.

Call: 0403 580 029
Removalists Canberra

Removalists Canberra

Removalists Canberra specialise in local moves across all suburbs in Canberra, as well as surrounding areas including Queanbeyan, Yass, Murrumbateman, Bungendore, Burra and Royala. Their prices are affordable and they offer packing and furniture disassembly, as well as rubbish removal.

While they can help with standard residential moves from houses, apartments and townhouses, they’re one of the few removalists in the region that cater specifically for office and commercial moves. Their removalists have been security cleared, making them a good option for government agencies and other businesses that handle important or sensitive information.

They’ve also received some good online reviews, with one Google reviewer (Aurea Antillon) saying “We had such an amazing experience with this removal company twice already. We moved over the weekend and i was sooo amazed of how they handled our stuffs….. Hence, they packed and moved our things professionally! Also add to that, they are very friendly, on time, always go the second mile and would definitely recommend. Surely deserve 5 STARS”.

Quality Removals

Quality Removals

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.

ACT Movers

ACT Movers

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.

Who did you pick?

Thanks to our commenters who have provided insightful feedback on the best and worst Canberra removalists.

If you believe we have got it wrong, please let us know.

Please comment below detailing your experience with Canberra removalists. Who would you recommend? Who would you use again? Who would you steer clear of?


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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 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 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 6:56 pm 19 Nov 15

Hi, We recently booked our move with ACT Movers http://www.actmovers.com.au – 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 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 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 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 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 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 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.

imarty 9:08 pm 02 Sep 13

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?

poetix 9:32 pm 28 Jul 13

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.

Masquara 8:33 pm 28 Jul 13

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.

ouyangkai 4:25 pm 28 Jul 13

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

imarty 6:06 pm 01 Jul 13

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.

cantdance 7:48 pm 13 Jun 13

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!

MightyJoe 3:39 pm 13 Jun 13

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

dungfungus 8:28 pm 11 Jun 13

urchin said :

dungfungus said :

These team is the best but I am unsure whether they will come this far south.
http://www.youtube.com/embed/LakMmxg_sQg

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.

urchin 6:25 pm 11 Jun 13

dungfungus said :

These team is the best but I am unsure whether they will come this far south.
http://www.youtube.com/embed/LakMmxg_sQg

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!

dungfungus 5:50 pm 11 Jun 13

These team is the best but I am unsure whether they will come this far south.
http://www.youtube.com/embed/LakMmxg_sQg

Nifty 4:31 pm 11 Jun 13

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.

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