One quick standard you can use to gauge the rough costs of your move is to consider these national averages. The average move from Cape Town to Johannesburg is about R6500. While moving from Cape Town to Durban is around R6000. See moving companies prices South Africa.

But the size of your home also plays an important role in moving costs:

by Cape Removals
​25 June 2021

The average cost of removal companies for one, 2 or 3 bedroom places, the big moving cost calculator and movers near you. Find out: How much should you pay a mover? PLUS: Get the best removal quote for your budge

Some things that affect the cost of your move

PLUS: Affordable movers near me

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How much should you pay a mover?

Average cost of movers

Moving a one bedroom apartment or bachelor flat in the same city limits starts from around R1500 upwards, depending on the goods, how far, how easy it is to get in and out of the dwelling and any extra services you might require.

How Much Should You Pay a Mover? (And How to Get The Best Deal)

Is it worth it to hire movers?

Moving a 3 bedroom house usually starts anywhere from R3000 upwards, also dependent on how far, how much stuff and any convenience services you require – remember movers can help you pack or store your belongings securely if you need it.

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  • How many belongings you need to have moved
  • How far it needs to be moved
  • How easy it is to get in and out of the property
  • Packing and wrapping services
  • Insurance and storage options

If you want to know exactly how much it will cost to move your stuff, you can take a few minutes and get yourself a full online quote, which you can use to compare with other movers’ cost right here:

Approximate moving cost calculator: movers by the hour

How much do movers cost for a 2 bedroom apartment?
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Moving a 2 bedroom apartment’s worth of goods within the same city is anywhere from R1750 and R1950 upwards, depending on how much furniture you have and exactly how far the moving truck needs to travel.

What’s the average cost to move a 3 bedroom house?

One, 2 or 3 bedrooms. Average costs. And things that affect the cost of your move. How much should you pay a mover? We find out by comparing the cost of moving various apartment and house sizes, with the average cost of movers and an approximate moving cost calculator. So you’ll know if it’s worth it to hire movers for your next move.

How much do movers cost for a one bedroom apartment?

That depends on you. For most people, it’s a no-brainer. Because your time is probably more valuable focusing on your own work or business. Besides, if you’re already spending hours packing your stuff, it can get out of hand. Days and days of packing and then having to move heavy things can drain your energy. Where a removal team could have done the same job in a hour or so. So, your choice. See our post: Is hiring a moving company worth it?

But before you decide, just take a minute to get an actual removals quote on how much you should pay a mover, it might be way cheaper (and more worthwhile) than you think.

Now, just as important as knowing which is the best removal companies to contact, knowing how much you should pay a mover, or at least what to expect in average mover costs, is a huge benefit because it helps you plan your moving budget so you’ll save and get the best deal possible.

So, to answer that question: How much should you pay a mover? We start by looking at the average cost of movers in South Africa:

So, if you want to have an idea of approximate costs, consider: Local removals can start from as little as R1000 basic cost, while moving from one city to another can be from R3000 to R6000. And it really all depends on how fast the removal companies team can get in and move your stuff safely.

For example, the average cost for movers by the hour is around R1000 to R2000 per hour. And most really quick moves take around 2 hours, so it’ll cost you around R2000 to R4000. Most moves are 4 or 6 hours, which pushes the price up to R4000 or even R6000. See more in our post: How much should I pay a mover per hour?

But note, it’s possible to save on long distance removals, though. Else they’d be unaffordable. By using share-load removals, which gives you a share/part of the space in an existing container that’s already going to the city you’re removing to, you can get really cheap long distance furniture removals.