The Unexpected Costs of Moving

Dated: June 21 2019

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At the beginning stages of planning a move the first expense that comes to mind is the price of the house that you're selling and the one that you're buying. As we get closer to closing day, the reality of the cost of moving, that is, actually packing up your belongings and moving them across town, (or across the country or around the world) begin to become a reality. If you hire a moving company to help you move, you may soon come across some added costs that you might not even have considered, and those costs can add up. Heaving a head's up on these potential costs can help you to decide if the job of moving yourself, or having the aid of a professional mover, is worth the fee.

Packing supplies and the labor to pack them, moving insurance, long haul fees, express delivery fees, and fees for assembling and disassembling of furniture are some costs to keep in mind. The biggest surprises, though, may come in the form of the actual items themselves that need to be moved. Extra charges for bulky, heavy, or oversized items may see you coughing up the cash to get them to your new place. Pianos, safes, pool tables and hot tubs are some obvious items that you probably wouldn't be surprised would come with an extra cost to move.

The extra costs to have someone help you to move may be worth it rather than trying to do it yourself. Plenty of our belongings are a "pain in the back" for anyone moving and may be worth the expense versus trying to DIY. How about that foam mattress that you have? Movers will tell you that they're heavier, flimsier and more wildly than a firm mattress, especially when you're tying to navigate a flight (or two) of stairs. A typical couch can weigh up to 300 lbs., add a built-in-bed to convert to a sofa bed and that adds 60-70 lbs. Over-packed boxes can be killer. Sure, that box of books still has plenty of room to add some more; have you tried lifting it yourself though? (Here's a tip: separate the books and things in the extra-heavy box into two smaller boxes, it's much easier to carry). Packed dressers (rather than taking out the items from the dresser and putting them into boxes) makes a movers job more difficult, and the furniture can break from the added weight when moving. Exercise equipment is heavy and awkward to carry, and difficult to take apart and put back together.

Can the cost of moving be expensive? It all depends on your perspective of course. Depending on the situation it may be well worth the expense instead of trying to do-it-yourself with a bunch of buddies and paying them with pizza and beer.

Melissa Rolland is a Real Estate Salesperson and Realtor®, Accredited Home Stager, and author of the book Straight from the Kitchen Table: Every Day Real Estate. She lives in Tolland, CT along with her husband Todd, an Associate Broker and Realtor®. Together they manage the Rolland Realty Group powered by eXp Realty of CT, LLC. You can connect with them at, by email at or by phone at (866) 408-8059. “The statements and opinions contained in this article are solely those of the individual author and do not necessarily reflect the positions or opinions of EXP REALTY INTERNATIONAL, INC or its subsidiaries or affiliates (the “Company”). The Company does not assume any responsibility for, nor does it warrant the accuracy, completeness or quality of the information provided.”

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Melissa and Todd Rolland

Melissa Rolland is a real estate salesperson, accredited home stager and has been a real estate investor for over a decade, helping hundreds of homeowners buy houses, sell houses, and invest in real e....

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