Packing Up and Moving House

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Moving house is stressful and part of the process is the need to make a lot of decisions during this time. It is also an expensive time and it can seem like a lot of money is going out – probably because it is!

So there is the pressure to watch your pennies. However sometimes it can be worth spending a little more to take the pressure off during the physical move of your belongings.


The Moving Company Quotes

The cost of the moving company can be very high – especially if you are moving interstate and especially if that includes getting across Bass Strait to Tasmania. It really is an expensive stretch of water. I have some info on getting your things to Tassie in another post.

When you are in the process of arranging quotes from a few moving companies, I suggest you ask them to itemise a couple of extra things.

It may seem indulgent to have the moving company pack up your house and yes it does feel like a luxury when you do it. It is however a luxury that many people can afford as the cost is not as high as you would assume. I encourage everyone who is moving to ask for the cost of packing their belongings to be itemised in the moving quotes. You may get a pleasant surprise.

Then compare this cost to the cost of your own time to pack. How many days of leave from work, or weekends, will you otherwise devote to packing up the house? Add to this the inconvenience of having a partly packed up house for a week or three! Alternatively, the packers will come in one day before the move and do the lot. You don’t have to touch a thing, other than packing a suitcase for each family member to last a couple of days.

In addition, ask the moving company for the cost for them to supply the packing boxes and materials if you are to pack yourself. This provides another cost to compare to the full packing quote and also to compare to the hassle of gathering boxes for weeks.

I first experienced the joys of this service when I moved to New Zealand with work many years ago – and someone else was paying. I didn’t think it would be something I would ever pay for myself, but we have used this service in four moves in the last few years and it has made the whole process so much easier. During our move last year, we continued to work in the office all day as the packers got to work. How easy is that?

So what does it cost?

For our most recent move from Sandy Bay to Kingston Beach the difference between the cost to supply materials and the cost to do all the packing was only about $500. To me that was incredible value to not have to spend many days doing it ourselves. For our move from Melbourne to Hobart the difference between the cost to supply materials and pack and the cost to move only was about $1,000.


Over the next few weeks I will write more about getting organised for your move to Tasmania and how to make it an easier time.

If you would like a step by step guide to moving house along with 20 worksheets and checklists to help you keep track of everything, then have a look at our e-guide, Easy House Move.

Easy House Move covers the moving process as well as selling your current home, leaving your rental property, buying or renting your new home, settling into a new community and heaps more.



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2016-12-10T16:53:49+00:00February 3rd, 2015|ebooks, Evergreen, Moving to Tasmania|3 Comments


  1. Elliot of Removals Hounslow June 19, 2015 at 6:02 pm - Reply

    There is a reason why most moving companies offer item packing services. Professional movers can pack your entire home in just one day while it may take you about a month to do it by yourself. Pros also use specialised boxes which are very durable compared to your average box taken from the local supermarket. When you’re packing dishes is really important you have a double layered box. Sturdy carton boxes are not the only thing pro movers use to pack. They also have loads of packing supplies such as bubble wrap, packing tape and paper. These again are of the highest quality.
    Another important point I want to mention is the fact that movers actually know how to pack and thus decrease any chances of items breaking. Most people just use the internet to see how to pack different items, but again this takes time.

    I know packing services are not always cheap, but the headaches they can save you are immeasurable with money. That’s just my opinion. I’ve been working as a pro mover in Hounslow, London for over 8 years and I can safely say most people are horrible packers. Putting a bunch of dishes inside a box is not to right way.

  2. Chris August 10, 2015 at 4:49 pm - Reply

    I always book item packing when I move house. I just don’t have the time, nor patience to wrap each item in paper and put it into a box. Come to think of it, finding boxes is always a great waste of time for me. Why spend time going around shops looking for boxes when I can just ask my man and van company to do it? I understand some people are moving on a budget and that’s okay. My point is this: if you can afford to pay your movers to pack your items before moving them, do it! The rates are not that high.

  3. Georgia Boothe October 28, 2016 at 5:57 am - Reply

    I love the idea of comparing the cost of packing services to the cost of your own time to pack. That is such a great way to look at whether it’s worth paying for the service! My husband was reluctant to spend money on movers until he realized just how long it was going to take to get everything packed up and hauled to the new house. It was definitely worth the money to get professional help to pack up quickly and efficiently!

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