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By Clive Smith 3 months ago

How Much Does It Cost To Move Interstate?

How Much Does It Cost To Move Interstate?

It's the most common question we're met with every day as interstate removalists; 

Need to move interstate on a budget?

The good news is, it may be a lot less than you might expect if you are willing to do your own packing. Using a full-service removalist will cost you up to 50% more than the price of a self-pack removalist - something worth bearing in mind if you want to minimise costs when moving your household furniture or business equipment interstate.

Interstate Removalists Cost

Budget Self Pack Containers estimates that the average cost of an interstate move is between $2,000 - $6,000

The average cost for an interstate move between Perth to Melbourne is $2,200 - $3,200

The average cost for an interstate move between Sydney and Brisbane is $3,000 - $4,000

This varies depending on your location and the time of year that you relocate and includes transit insurance and GST.

Your shipping container moving price will vary depending on where you are moving to and from. We have given estimates for our most common moving routes below but when you contact us for your obligation free moving quote we will quote as cheaply as we can, based on container availability and bearing in mind fluctuations in fuel surcharges.

We may offer budget prices for moving but we never cut corners on the quality and efficiency of the service we offer. The savings come from you loading your own removalist spec shipping container - in your own time, at your own property and at your own convenience.

It's a system of moving that has saved thousands of customers, thousands of dollars. Not only does it save you money but it also takes the stress and hassle out of moving as it is such a simple and flexible way to move.

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Cheap Interstate Removalists

It's important to note that while we are happy to compete with any other quote from another removalist company, we always check that you are being offered the same service. Some removalists may cut corners by adding 'hidden costs' to your invoice once you have booked in with them. Check your quote carefully to see what is included 

  • Weight:

Most residential container moves come in at a gross weight of between 6-7 tonne. Our quote allows for 8 tonnes. Cheaper quotes are commonly quoted at 5 tonnes and you will then be charged a surcharge for excess weight when your container is weighed.

  • Time:

Our quote allows for 40 days of container hire - this is 40 days for you to split between loading and unloading your container at your address and does not include transit times. Many companies will offer considerably less than this.

  • Type of equipment used:

Some cut price removalists will use the wrong sort of equipment to cut down costs. Trucks with outdated container loading and unloading mechanisms will cause the contents of your container to be moved a lot more than is necessary. These trucks are also rough when placing the container on the ground causing unnecessary damage to your driveway surface. BSPC only uses highly experienced truck operators using up-to-date equipment meaning your home contents are safe and well looked after during all movements.

  • Packaging:

Packaging materials are essential for an interstate move with a shipping container. We provide these free of charge for most locations throughout Australia - including a heavy-duty furniture trolley, removalist spec furniture blankets and rope. We also regularly have special offers with free tea chest boxes available.

Get an obligation free moving quote for your interstate move here!

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Interstate Moving Costs

In addition to the cost for your removalists to move the contents of your home, there are other costs that you need to budget for when moving interstate. It can be difficult to work out how much these extras will cost and the last thing you want is to be hit up with costs you hadn't accounted for when working out your moving costs. 

These are some of the common costs you should factor into your budget when moving:

  • Insurance - cost: Up to $1,000 if you want to ensure your home contents from incidental damage.

  • Relocation - cost: $500 to $4000 for flights or transport costs to relocate you and your family and pets.

  • Storage - cost: Up to $400 per month to store your household contents between homes.

  • Packaging materials - cost: Up to $100 for boxes, ties, straps, bubble wrap etc.

  • Utility Transfer - cost: Up to $500 to transfer all of your utilities/post redirection/car registration to your new home/state

  • Vehicle Moving - cost: Up to $1500 to move a vehicle interstate on a car carrying service

How much does it cost to move interstate with a moving container?

Moving container costs | Budget Self Pack Containers

Cheapest price to move to from Perth (Australia-wide): $2,300 - 6,000 

Cheapest price to move from Melbourne (Australia-wide): $ 2,200 - $5,200

Cheapest price to move from Sydney (Australia-wide): $2,600 - $6,300


Cheapest price to move from Brisbane (Australia-wide): $2,100 - $5,500

Wherever you are moving to or from, we can give you an instant quote over the phone. Give our office a call on 1300 659 221 and speak to one of our friendly moving professionals for your personalised moving quote. Or click here to fill in a quote form for an obligation-free moving quote online

(*please note: all prices correct at time of publication, but may be subject to change at the time of booking due to container availability and fluctuating fuel prices)

How long does it take to move interstate within Australia?

Please note, we do not transport 10ft containers