May 23, 2024

Moving With Professional Removalists vs. Friends

Moving home is both time-consuming and expensive. Before you know it, costs can add up fast. The biggest expense is hiring a professional removalist company. This is why it’s the first way people try to save some cash, by asking their friends to help them move.


But is it the best option? Let’s take a look at the pros and cons of moving with the help of friends or family vs. moving with professional removalists.

Moving With Friends/Family

Pro: Save on your Removalists Cost

The biggest benefit of asking your friends to help you move is that you will save a significant amount of money compared to hiring professional removalists.

If you have someone who can loan you their truck or ute, you can end up saving even more as you won’t need to hire a moving van or equipment.

If your friends and family also pitch in to help you pack your belongings, you can save a lot of time. You can also save money that you’d otherwise spend for a packing service provided by removalists.

Con: Having Your Belongings Damaged


Do your friends don’t have experience as removalists? If not, there’s a chance that they may accidentally damage your valuable and sentimental belongings.

Also, you won’t have any insurance coverage, which can end up being a lot more expensive if something gets broken. This has been the cause of many broken friendships and family feuds.

Con: Extra Expenses

While you can save on the upfront cost of a professional removalist, there are a lot of other unexpected expenses associated with a DIY move.

You should also budget for boxes, packing materials, moving blankets, straps, and equipment like dollies and moving rugs.

Moving With Professional Removalists

Pro: Stress-Free Move


Moving home is a very stressful and time-consuming experience. Packing your entire life into boxes and safely, and securely moving them to your new home is more challenging than it may seem.

Professional removalists have many years of experience and have undergone extensive training. They carefully transport your valuable, fragile, heavy, and bulky items.

Pro: Included Insurance

When you hire professional removalists, you are covered by both public liability and goods in transit insurance. If something happens during the move, the movers have got your back. You can also upgrade to premium insurance for extra peace of mind.

Pro: Save Time

When moving DIY, it involves a lot of planning and can be very time-consuming. Besides having to organize the schedules of your friends and family, you also have to pack, load, unload, hire equipment.

Whereas, with professional removalists, all you need to do is make a booking for a set date and time. They will then streamline the moving process for you.

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Con: More Expensive

Hiring professional Brisbane/Canberra Removalists is more expensive than DIY moving with friends and family.


Moving with friends and family may appear to be the most cost-effective way to move home, but it can end up costing you a lot more. It takes a lot more time, energy, and effort. It also causes more stress. Also, without insurance, it could be very costly to replace or repair any items which get damaged during the move.

Call Optimove professional removalists today on 1300 400 874 for an obligation-free quote.

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