Furniture Packer/​Mover
Careers New Zealand
New Zealand
3d ago

Pay for furniture packers / movers varies depending on skills and experience.

  • Furniture packers / movers usually start on $16 an hour.
  • Those with a Class 2 heavy vehicle licence usually earn $18 an hour.
  • Those with a Class 5 heavy vehicle licence usually earn $26 an hour.
  • Sources : Conroy Removals and New Zealand Van Lines, 2018.

    This information is a guide only. )

    What you will do

    Furniture packers / movers may do some or all of the following :

  • discuss details of moves with clients
  • take an inventory of items and record any marks or damage
  • drive a truck or van
  • wrap and pack goods
  • carry furniture, cartons and other items to the furniture removal vehicle
  • load and secure items
  • unload items and unpack them
  • reassemble any furniture that has been disassembled
  • clean and tidy moving sites and equipment.
  • Skills and knowledge

    Furniture packers / movers need to have :

  • good furniture-packing skills
  • knowledge of how to safely move difficult items such as pianos
  • health and safety knowledge
  • the ability to pack a truck so that it is balanced
  • the ability to read office plans and road maps
  • good driving skills
  • strong customer service skills.
  • Working conditions

    Furniture packers / movers :

  • usually work long hours, including evenings, weekends and public holidays
  • work at and between offices, homes and warehouses
  • work in hard-to-access environments such as houses on steep hills
  • travel locally and nationally.
  • Entry requirements

    There are no specific entry requirements to become a furniture packer / mover. However, a driver's licence and / or heavy vehicle licence is useful.

    A clean criminal record is required by most employers.

    Personal requirements

    Furniture packers / movers need to be :

  • practical
  • good planners and organisers
  • careful and respectful
  • responsible, reliable and honest
  • able to follow instructions
  • good at communicating
  • patient and tolerant.
  • Useful experience

    Useful experience for furniture packers / movers includes :

  • jobs that involve packing or heavy lifting
  • driving vans, trucks or other heavy vehicles
  • labouring experience for example, on a building site.
  • Physical requirements

    Furniture packers / movers need to have excellent fitness and health and must be strong.

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