All of these things contribute to higher costs overall. (Think of it like moving a bean bag chair as opposed to a couch. The lighter bean bag chair will obviously be less of a burden than a large, bulky couch.) For that reason, you can estimate most of your expensive items based on their relative weight.
Items that tend to weight in the heaviest include:
* Dining room sets
* Entertainment centers
* Large electronics (flat screen televisions)
* Sculptures and large pieces of artwork
* Any wooden furniture (chests of drawers, cabinets, bookcases, etc.)
* Rolled-up rugs/carpets
* Major household appliances
* Outdoor play equipment
* Lawn furniture, barbeques, outdoor stonework (such as a fountain)
You’ll also find that non-furniture items can quickly add up if they’re particularly heavy. Books can become costly to move if you have a large personal library, as can a large amount of china or plates in the kitchen.
Moving Valuable Items
It can also become expensive to move smaller, more valuable personal items such as jewelry and personal heirlooms like candlesticks or rare pictures. Even though these aren’t very heavy when compared to furniture, they fall under the “more than $100/pound” category—a good rule of thumb when you’re trying to decide whether or not to take out an additional insurance policy.
When it comes to things like passports, important paperwork, deeds and titles, and other sensitive information, you may wish to keep these items close at hand so you can move them yourself. Because they don’t necessarily have a per-item value (the way a diamond necklace does, for example), it can be difficult to set an insurance policy for them. At the same time, they are more valuable to you than a box of pots and pans, so you may not want to treat them the same way as your kitchen ware.
If you ever have a question about the cost of moving a particular item, be sure and ask your moving team before you sign any contracts. It may end up being more cost-effective for you to make alternate arrangements or even to donate the item to charity and purchase a replacement piece when you arrive at your new home.