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Relocation expenses

If you are moving, you are probably wondering about relocation expenses. Movers’ prices are complex and depend on numerous factors. To make the most of your removal company, you should have an idea about their costs. In this overview, you will find their prices along with price determinants.

What are the average relocation expenses?

Relocation expenses can vary greatly depending on your moving situation. As such, there are many factors that determine costs such as volume of the items, the distance, ease of access to your new home, timing and season, as well as additional services and special equipment provided.

The average relocation cost to move to a 3-bedroom house is €1,885. This includes packing services of €280 and assistance with disassembly for €140. For a smaller 1- or 2-bedroom house or flat, the relocation cost will be around €1,465. The actual price will change according to the factors that affect moving costs.

3-Bedroom house removal cost breakdown

Service Details Price
Removal Company Loading, transport, and unloading of your belongings €900
Packing Expert packing of items and furniture €280
Packing Materials Boxes, wrapping, tape, papers, and covers €110
Disassembly and Reassembly Taking down furniture to prepare for packing and assembly at your new home €140
Storage Use of storage facility for 1 month €135
Cleaning Full house professional cleaning services €320
Total €1,885

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Average moving prices

Number Of Bedrooms Average Fixed Rate Average Extra Packing Costs
1 €475 €200
2 €600 €250
3 €900 €300
4 €1,000 €400

Which factors affect moving costs?

There are various factors that affect relocation expenses, all of which you need to be aware of when researching. Variables include, but are not limited to:

  • Volume – The volume of items you will move, measured in cubic metres. This number is important in determining the size of the vehicle needed to transport your items, the time it will take for the movers to load your belongings onto the vehicle, as well as the necessary packing supplies.
  • Accessibility – The size of the vehicle also depends on the accessibility of your home and destination property. If the lorry is unable to directly access your home, an extra, smaller vehicle is necessary to facilitate transport. Similarly, for homes in a building without a lift, movers may charge extra to navigate flights of stairs.
  • Distance – The distance between your point of origin and the destination is used to determine the costs of transport. There is also a travel fee that covers the time it takes for the movers to reach your home from their business.
  • Time – The timing of your moving greatly affects the prices you pay. Most people book their moving dates during weekends, holidays, and the beginning and end of the month to avoid having to take time off work. However, this means movers will charge more to work during these days.
  • Services – The type of services offered will greatly affect the cost of moving. Packing, the dismantling of any furniture, temporary storage, and cleaning are additions to your bill.
  • Speciality Items – This includes items that require special protection. Antique, fragile, or sentimental belongings need extra packing and wrapping materials. Additionally, items that are overweight or bulky might require special equipment to transport.

Relocating to or within Ireland for employment 

If you move to a new location by a distance of 100km or more for your employment, removal and relocation expenses can be repaid tax-free. Tax-free expenses include auctioneer’s fees, solicitor’s fees, stamp duty, removal of furniture, storage charges, insurance, cleaning, and travel expenses related to moving. Subsistence expenses can also be paid tax-free for temporary accommodation, and a subsistence allowance for up to 10 nights at Civil Service rates. 

Expenses not tax-free include the capital cost of buying/building a house, bridging loan interest, or loans for house financing. Disturbance money is considered a salary and is taxable as well.

Since these details differ from employer to employer, and personal circumstances, always consult your employer or the authorities.

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Tips and advice

Relocating can be challenging, especially when it comes to understanding the expenses involved. To help you navigate this process smoothly, we give some valuable tips and advice to consider as you plan your relocation:

  • Have the removal company assess your home and provide a cost estimate tailored to your specific situation to avoid the risk of being charged for services that don’t match your needs.
  • Clarify with the company if packing materials are included in the hourly charge for packing services. Ensuring transparency by obtaining a clear breakdown of services and associated charges upfront to avoid hidden costs.
  • For the local moves, time is a significant factor determining the costs. Unexpected problems and emergencies could delay the movers’ progress, and so it is always a good idea to leave room in your budget for additional time.
  • Remember that the price for removals is just one aspect of the total cost of moving house; compare quotes from multiple companies to understand what’s included and to potentially reduce costs.

For more helpful tips and insights you can check out our helpful resources covering packaging tips, moving house advice, decluttering strategies, and a step-by-step moving house checklist!

Save on Your Move: Compare prices and find your perfect fit

Since relocation expenses are affected by numerous factors and vary depending on your needs, the best way to get an accurate idea of the price is to obtain as many quotes as possible. Requesting up to 6 quotes from moving companies allows you to determine the best  price that best matches your needs and budget.

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