The last price I can remember for a removalist was $800, about 15 years ago. Just my stuff, from a two bedroom flat, but quite a long distance. I've moved four times since then (single, then married with a toddler twice) and can't remember how much that cost, but one was friends with utes and the last two were short hops around the same city. For this move I was expecting somewhere in the vicinity for $2000 to move everything in a three bedroom house. We pack and unpack all boxes ourselves - it costs a lot extra to get that done for you. Tim thought I was being very optimistic with my estimate, but I was sanguine.
First guy came and looked at our stuff, gave a quote of $3784. Wow, I thought to myself, we're not going with you, are we! Second quote after filling in online inventory form; $6050! OMG! Maybe we're going with the first company after all! Both companies lend us boxes included in that price (we've packed up about half our stuff already during the de-clutter but need plenty more boxes). Third guy came and looked at our stuff today, will send me a quote tomorrow. I can always hope it will be closer to my estimate, but I'm not optimistic.
I went for a 30 minute walk today, very aware of my unfitness and all my little aches and pains. I woke up yesterday with my neck and shoulder really sore and could hardly turn my head all day, much better today but still a bit stiff. My right knee hurts when I go downhill or down steps. The tops of my feet were hurting when I walked (the tops? why?). Feeling very old and fat. Poor old me. Then I saw an old lady stumping along with her walking frame. I may be fat, but I'm not so old or unable to get around as I thought. With a bit of care, I'll be walking for a long time.
Aside from that I spent the day in more paperwork; schools, removalists, change of address notifications. Not very exciting, perhaps, but not stressful either. So much less stress since selling the house!