Moving a pool table isn’t simply a matter of several strong people picking it up at both ends and moving it from point A to point B. Pool tables are bulky, extremely heavy, and also surprisingly delicate and intricate. If your pool table is already assembled, it will need to be properly disassembled to avoid damage while moving and then reassembled when it reaches its new location.
Even if you could conceivably move a pool table yourself, it is highly recommended that you use an experienced professional. While some general moving companies offer to move pool tables, it’s best to hire a professional who specializes in installing, servicing and moving pool tables. Less experienced movers may damage the slate or the balance, which detracts from the table’s quality of play.
A number of factors can affect the overall cost of moving a pool table, including the distance you are moving it, the size of the pool table, and various add-on services such as refelting.
Most pool table movers charge a flat fee rather than an hourly rate. The price usually includes disassembly and breakdown of the table, moving and setup in the new location.
The cost of the move usually depends on where you are moving the table from and to. An in-house move is the cheapest, but you may be charged extra depending on how many stairs the table must go up or down. If you want to move the table to a storage facility or another home, there may be an added cost for mileage, fuel and tolls. The shorter the distance, the more likely those costs could be waived.
Size of table
When you contact a mover, be sure to have the make and size of your pool table handy because these details will affect the cost. Pool tables come in all sizes, from 5 feet to 12 feet, and the larger the table, the more costly the move.
Beck’s Billiards of Glendale, Arizona, for example, charges $239 to move a 7-foot table, $249 for an 8-foot table and $299 for a 9-foot table. Mileage and stairs are extra.
Make of table
Confirm that the mover is a licensed installer or dealer of the make of your pool table. You’ll want to make sure the mover can "tune" the table properly in its new location.
Ball return system and pockets
If a ball return system is part of the pool table, the mover may charge an additional fee of $25 or so. Costs can vary depending on whether your table has leather or plastic pockets.
If the pool table is not set up in a standard position, it might cost more to move. For example, Proper Pool of Philadelphia charges an extra $100 if a pool table is on its side or upside down with the legs removed.
Some movers offer various pool table improvement services once the table is moved to its new location. For example, new felt for a pool table can cost an extra $100–$500, depending on the type of felt used.
Some movers charge additional fees related to the number of pieces to be moved and reassembled and the thickness of the slate on the table, as well as the quality or age of the pool table.
Warranty or guarantee
Professionals can obtain certifications for various aspects of repairing pool tables but not for moving pool tables. However, many movers offer warranties or guarantees for their work—just be sure to check on this. Many movers offer these assurances as part of their standard pricing. For example, Recreation Depot of Lumberton, New Jersey, offers a 30-day level warranty on its service work.
Don’t attempt to disassemble the table yourself prior to the mover’s arrival. You could incur more charges because of improper disassembly, which will require extra time and labor on the part of the mover. Also before the move, discuss with the mover the costs for any repair or refurbishing you might want so that you aren’t surprised by your bill on moving day.