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Key moving costs

By | Published: Feb 03, 2010 | 12 Comments

When you move, the costs come fast and heavy. Here's a list of the most common charges you'll face, and what each of them means.

  1. Packing Materials

    If you're packing yourself, you'll have to buy a heap of moving boxes, tape and bubble wrap. However, it's a pittance compared to what you'd pay the moving company to pack you.

  2. The "line-haul" charges

    The base charge that a moving company charges is called the 'line-haul' charge. However, it's usually not the only charge you'll face.

  3. "Long-carry" charges

    If the moving company faces a long walk from the van to your home or apartment, you might face a 'long-carry' charge. Make sure the moving company knows the layout of your current and new homes exactly so they're prepared for these sorts of challenges.

  4. "Stair carry" charges

    Ditto for stairs. If the movers have to lug items up a lot of stairs, you'll face charges for it.

  5. Third-party accessorial charges

    Movers aren't equipped to connect and disconnect items like washers, dryers and other appliances. This has to be a third party. Ditto for playground equipment, pool tables and other items.

  6. Moving day packing charges

    If you're not fully packed on moving day (and many people aren't), the moving company will pack you, but you'll pay extra for it.

Some easy and quick ways to cut your moving costs

  • Move less stuff. It seems obvious, but if you cut down on the number of things you'll have to move, you'll pay less - when moving long distance, you pay by weight, when moving locally, you pay by time. Either way, fewer things mean more savings.

  • Avoid the busy season of summer. Most people move in the summer. If you move in the off-periods, you can save a significant amount. Also, mid-week moves or mid-month moves can be a good way to save.

  • Some items, like glass tables, require special crating, which can be pricey. However, the items themselves are usually not all that valuable. So think about not moving these at all, and buying a replacement at your new place. In fact, you should apply this criterion to everything you move: is the cost (and hassle) of moving something outweighed by the cost to replace it at your new home?


By Donna Schifano,  Wed May 19 2010, 15:17
Great information thanks for the post
By Anna Corvo Tallarico,  Mon Dec 6 2010, 22:58
This is geat info for my clients
By Shawn Ryan Rosa,  Tue Dec 13 2011, 13:33
excellent post on costs associated with moving
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Very helpful information*
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By Brian Smith,  Fri Dec 14 2012, 03:21
Moving is a process full of hassle. Most people who have ever faced it remember these times as extremely busy and nervous. You need to pack everything and get all your things in order, but also there are some expenses it’s necessary to cover and it’s important to get to know how it’s possible to save money and make moving less financially stressful for yourself. So ask your friends to help you to move something, use your car instead of renting if it’s possible. Try to foresee all the spending and consider what you can do not to spend lots of money for moving.
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By Judi Monday, CRS,  Sun Dec 1 2013, 09:43
Great post on associated moving costs.
By Carmen Brodeur, JD,  Tue Dec 3 2013, 08:27
All of these little add-on fees add up when using a moving company. Good information for people to be aware of.
By 3chris7long,  Wed May 28 2014, 03:38
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By Mark Saunders,  Thu Feb 5 2015, 09:59
excellent post on costs associated with moving
By Jackson Willis,  Tue Feb 10 2015, 18:20
In my last few moves I have had to consider a large amount of home office equipment that I needed to move. It's always important to have packing materials like you said, but it's even more important when you have things like that. These types of things need extra protection. It's extremely important to do what you can to ensure that those things are protected as much as possible.
By Bob,  Tue Jan 5 2016, 11:57
Great post! I was not aware of some of the expenses and costs that are associated with moving companies. I will now have to take into consideration some of the expenses that I will have to save for when going forward with the moving process.


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