If you are relocating to another area, one question on your mind may be how much will it cost to move. If you are making the move yourself you will discover that you can do so quite inexpensively, and the costs will be limited to the packing materials and the truck rental. If you have a three-bedroom home, you can expect to spend anywhere from 40 to 80 hours packing and moving. The length of time required to unpack is less; you can expect to spend about half of the time. If you don’t have the time to do the move yourself, you can hire a moving company to assist you in packing, loading, transportation, and unpacking.

To get a general idea of the cost of a moving service, use $25 per hour for the labor that will complete the move from start to finish. To pack and unpack, the cost would be anywhere from $1,500 to $3,000 for the manual work, plus the cost of the truck and travel time. If the move is less than 100 miles, the additional cost may be as low as $500 for transportation.  For a long distance move, up to $5,000. These costs give you an idea of the cost to move the furnishings in a typical three-bedroom home.

Beyond the costs, however, their are other expenses involved in a move.  These are discussed below.  Keep in mind, however, that these will vary depending on the circumstance, so not all of the costs may apply to your situation.

  • Sales commission to list the home: 6% of the selling price of the home.
  • Preparing the home for sale: up to $9,000
  • Moving: $500 – $5,000
  • Decorating your new home, appliances and furniture: up to $10,000
  • Miscellaneous costs: 2 to 3% of the selling price of the home
  • Increase in property tax: $0 to $10,000 per year

The costs involved in moving a from a $200,000 home would be anywhere from $15,000 to $50,000.

Should I Remodel Before I Move ?


When placing their home on the market, homeowners often decide to make improvements to the home to add value and appeal to the home. In today’s market, the more attractive the home is, the easier it will be to sell.

Should you be placing your home for sale, you may want to consider the following improvements:

1. Create a fresh appearance inside by applying new paint to the walls.
2. Increase the appeal of the kitchen by reapplying stain or paint to the kitchen cabinets.
3. Create a more luxurious feel to your bathroom and/or kitchen by installing new faucets and fixtures.
4. Create a more finished look by installing new framing to the doors.
5. Consider a new countertop, backsplash and border to your bathroom and/or kitchen.
6. Welcome the potential buyers with new door hardware.

Other improvements, such as caulking the door frame and windows, applying a high gloss shine on tile flooring, painting the outside of the home and its fixtures, such as the gutters or shutters, will also add appeal.

If you are trying to decide whether to move or to stay in your current home and remodel, our Remodel Or Move Calculator might help.