Moving costs

moving costs

What does my moving cost?


Moving and its costs are very individual and therefore cannot be determined as a lump sum. Various factors, such as the amount of goods to be moved, the services required and the distance between the two locations, influence the costs. The costs for international moving differ in many respects from moving within Germany. The personal financial situation should therefore be clarified in advance and a cost plan drawn up on the basis of this. This will make the preparations for the private move easier. In order to give you an overview of possible moving costs, we, as a professional moving company, have compiled a lot of important information on price factors for you on this page.

Ask your UTS employee for a free and non-binding removal quote. At you can also configure your Germany move yourself and determine a price. We will be happy to advise you on all questions regarding your private move and calculate the possible costs. Please use our contact form


What types of moving are there?

As a professional moving company UTS, we distinguish between the following types.

Ding this way, you do not need to worry about anything! As a professional moving company, we organise the entire process and take care of all the necessary steps, such as the no-parking zone on the day of the move, packing and assembling furniture, assistance in finding a new home and dealing with the authorities about all the formalities involved. We also professionally take care of the transport of fragile or particularly heavy items, so that all your belongings arrive safely at your new home. This type of removal is perfect for all those who want to move in a relaxed and stress-free manner.

Moving requires an enormous organisational effort, which goes hand in hand with an increased potential for stress. If personal circumstances such as managing the family, taking care of pets or other appointments are added to the mix, planning a private move can become a tour de force. A full-service relocation takes care of all the activities and services involved in a private move.

Do-it-yourself moves are suitable for anyone who would like to take charge of moving house themselves. You decide which activities you want to carry out independently and which you want to have taken over. Compared to a full-service move, this type of move is often financially cheaper, but also more time-consuming to plan. This type of move is also perfect for people who want to take more control and initiative in moving house. As a moving company, we are still happy to support you with difficult questions or problems.

Make a schedule for yourself: This includes, for example, timely packing the furniture. To avoid time problems, you should start early enough. Depending on the amount of belongings, this can take more or less time.

Organise moving helpers: Ask friends or acquaintances if they can help you. Moving house alone is usually difficult.

The right packaging material: In order to transport your belongings safely, you need sufficient packaging material. In addition to classic cardboard boxes, you should also think about filling material, blankets and tension straps. If your furniture is being transported as an air cargo, the packaging must be correspondingly stable.

Tip: In our UTS Kartonshop PLUS you will find a large selection of moving boxes, sets and accessories for a moving house. The necessary materials can be easily ordered online.

Additional tools: Always have tools (hammer, screwdriver, drill, etc.) ready.

Attention when transporting by plane: Special regulations apply here. Special items, including batteries, containers under pressure or highly flammable liquids, may not be carried. If the transport of these is unavoidable, they must be labelled as dangerous goods and a special flight must be booked for this purpose. Additional costs are to be expected.


Price differences for local and long-distance moves


The cost of your move varies depending on the distance between the two locations. Accordingly, a local move (approx. 50 kilometres) is often cheaper than a long-distance move (500 kilometres or more). The further away the new home is, the higher the transport costs will be. This means that the price of the move is ultimately higher. In addition to lorries, means of transport such as planes or ships are also used for long-distance moves. This is especially the case for moves outside Europe. As a general rule, you should bear in mind that transport by plane is often more expensive than by ship. In the latter case, the required container sizes (20-foot, 40-foot) for the removal goods determine the price.

Good to know: Your moving date also has an influence on the costs incurred. Most moves are most expensive in the summer or winter. Outside of these times of year, you can expect cheaper prices. In addition, the majority of removals take place at weekends or at the beginning or end of the month, which is why the costs are often higher during these periods. To reduce costs, it is therefore a good idea to move during the week or in the middle of the month.

The volume of the removal determines the major part of the removal costs


The size of the goods to be moved has a significant impact on the overall price of your move. The amount of furniture, appliances and other items is smaller in smaller flats compared to the amount from large flats or houses. The more that needs to be moved, the more likely the cost will increase. To calculate the costs as accurately as possible, the total volume of the removal goods should be determined.

Tip: To calculate the amount of removal goods, it is helpful to prepare a list of removal goods. This will allow you to assess the volume more accurately and avoid the risk of higher costs if the information is inaccurate.

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All around your belongings


Reachability of the flat or house: It all depends on how easy it is to reach your flat or house. Can the van easily drive up? Is a furniture lift necessary? A flat on the 6th floor means more work for the moving men compared to the ground floor. A narrow staircase or unavailable parking spaces, for example, also have a further influence on the costs.

Use of packing and unpacking services: The services of packing and unpacking the furniture also determine part of the costs. The material for the packaging must also be included.

Use of dismantling and assembly service: If you want to have certain pieces of furniture or even an entire kitchen set professionally dismantled or assembled, this will be reflected in the moving costs.

Special pieces of furniture: Transporting pianos, artwork or plants are examples of delicate or heavy items that can increase the cost of moving. As a moving company, we will be happy to provide you with an individual quote for this.

The purchase of new furniture: The purchase of new furniture should also be included in the cost calculation.

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Further costs for re-registration, registration & Co.


Change of residence: Within Germany, everyone is legally obliged to re-register. This is usually free of charge. Sometimes a small service fee or flat rate is charged.

Caution: Failure to re-register can quickly become expensive. The fine is about 10-30 euros after one month. After a year, the sum can be up to 1000 euros.

Re-registering your telephone and internet provider: The costs of re-registering with many providers amount to about 20-70 euros. You should simply ask your provider for a quote or change providers.

Reregistering your car: An existing car should also be reregistered. There are fees for this. You can find more information on our page Moving by car

Additional costs: For removals outside the EU, customs duties usually have to be paid.

Applying for a no-stopping zone: A no-stopping zone can make your move much easier, as the van can park directly in front of the flat or house. It can also help you avoid long journeys. The costs for this vary from city to city and relate to the permit application, the rental of the traffic signs and their installation.


Possible costs in the new home 

Rent deposit: Renting a new flat is often accompanied by the payment of a rent deposit. In Germany, this can be up to three net cold rents.

Commission: If you have used an estate agent to help you find your new home, you will have to pay an agent's commission. For rental properties, this is approximately two net rents. When buying a home, up to 7 percent of the purchase price can be charged. 

Renovation costs: Renovation costs are often incurred in the new home and should also be planned for. How high these costs are depends on the work that needs to be done. 


Easy savings!


Here are some tips on how to minimise your moving costs.

Rent moving boxes

The cost of moving can be reduced by renting instead of buying boxes. UTS is the removal company you can trust for this service.

Independent packing and unpacking

If you take care of packing the furniture yourself, costs can be saved. However, insurance cover is forfeited in this case.


Selling furniture or other items that you no longer need can help you to save money. Online portals or flea markets are particularly suitable for this.

Observing the notice periods

It is very important to observe the notice period when renting a property. Otherwise, you could be faced with another unwanted rent payment.

Furniture as an incidental load

If you are moving from one city to another with only a few pieces of furniture, you may want to consider the option of moving them as an additional load. In this case, the removal goods of several people are transported in one lorry. This can reduce the cost of moving. However, this option is more suitable for a small amount of removal goods.

Moving costs can be covered by the employer


It is worthwhile to have your moving costs covered by your employer! This can be done if you are an employee moving for work. The amount of the tax-free reimbursement costs depends on the regulations of the Federal Law on Relocation Costs.

However, they cannot be covered if a change of residence is not absolutely necessary. This applies, for example, if the employee wants to save on travel and therefore moves closer to the place of work. In the case of a new employment relationship, no costs can be assumed either.

If there is no such information on the reimbursement of moving costs in the employment contract, the employer can refer to § 670 BGB. There are some conditions for this: Firstly, the change of residence must be unavoidable, i.e. it is prescribed by the employer or the commute is massively extended due to a change of location by the employer. All necessary relocation costs are covered. These include, for example, accommodation, travel costs, insurance and brokerage fees.

Specifics for moving abroad 

If you are moving abroad for work-related reasons, there are specific regulations to be observed. The relocation costs can only be paid tax-free if a temporary activity is carried out abroad. This applies, for example, if the respective German company has its headquarters abroad. In this context, the Foreign Relocation Costs Ordinance (AUV) is relevant. In contrast, the costs cannot be reimbursed by the employer if a permanent stay abroad is planned and there is no taxable income in Germany. 

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Tax deduction for moving costs

Professional removal and furniture removal companies such as UTS are experts in all processes related to moving. They also take care of necessary re-registrations, changes of address, coordinate tradesmen's work, move furniture and the most sensitive goods and more. Fair payment, transparent implementation and accurate cost statements are a matter of course. And that is important - also for your tax return!

Moving costs can be deducted from taxes in some cases. This applies, for example, to removals in a professional context. The costs incurred are considered income-related expenses. This means you can deduct taxes and save money. Likewise, moving costs for private moves can also be deducted as household-related services. This includes, for example, part of the costs for tradesmen or travel expenses. Here, too, you can easily deduct the costs from your tax. You are welcome to contact our relocation managers if you have any further questions about deducting relocation costs in your tax return and to request a free brochure on this topic.

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