Trades & Services
Furniture removalists move household and office furniture and other items between different locations.
Junior secondary school certificate or equivalent
What does a Furniture Removalist do?
Furniture removalists move household and office furniture and other items between different locations, within the state or territory and nationwide.
As a furniture removalist, you might:
- inspect the premises at the pick-up address to see what has to be moved
- pack and labelling items if required
- load goods onto the removal vehicle either by hand or using a forklift, trolleys, lifting straps or lifting hooks
- secure items to ensure that they are not damaged in transit
- drive goods safely to the new location
- unload goods and move them into the new location
- unpack boxes or cases if required.
Key skills and interests
To become a furniture removalist, you would need:
- to enjoy practical work
- to be physically fit and able to lift heavy objects
- to have a safe driving record
- some mechanical aptitude
- good communication skills.
Working hours and conditions
Furniture removalists may work long hours and be away from home for extended periods, especially if they are moving goods between city and country destinations, or interstate.
The work can involve lots of lifting.
How to become an Furniture Removalist?
Entry Level Education
You can work as a furniture removalist without formal qualifications. You would get training on the job.
You must hold the appropriate licences to drive vehicles and operate machinery.
You might like to become an accredited Furniture Removalist with the Australian Furniture Removers Association (AFRA).
Population growth and housing demand in major cities should mean good opportunities for furniture removalists in metropolitan areas.
However, this is likely to be offset by lessening demand in areas outside of major population centres.