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How Do Movers Estimate Costs?

Published by Joe Webster.

What's in this article?
  1. How do movers calculate the cost of moving your belongings?
  2. How much do movers cost?
  3. Per-hour rates for moving companies
  4. How do you save money without compromising quality service?
  5. Get rid of excess belongings
  6. Utilize USPS Media Mail
  7. Hire movers during the off-season
  8. Get quotes from multiple moving companies
  9. Factors Affecting the Cost of Your Move
  10. Additional charges to keep in mind when hiring movers
  11. Is insurance included in the moving fee?
  12. Hiring professional movers
How Do Movers Estimate Costs?

If you're planning a move, you might be curious about the methods movers use to estimate expenses. We'll go over how to estimate the cost of moving in this post. We'll also give you some money-saving advice for your next move, whether you're looking to hire local or long-distance movers.

How do movers calculate the cost of moving your belongings?

Movers typically estimate moving costs by calculating the cubic feet of space your belongings will occupy in the moving truck. They also consider the distance of the move and any special services that you may need, such as packing or unpacking. If it's long-distance, the moving cost will be more.

Average costs for a move can vary widely depending on a number of things such as distance travelled and whether or not you require additional services. Be sure to receive a written estimate before you agree to anything if you're employing professional movers. This will let you know approximately how much you'll have to pay. Most moving firms will work with you to find a solution if the final fee is greater than the estimate.

But by getting an estimate in writing from a reputable moving company, you can rest assured that you're getting the best possible price for your move.

How much do movers cost?

How much movers cost is variable depending on the company. A full service moving company will charge from $500 to $12000. On the other hand, moving and storage containers range in price from $500 to $5,500. A cheaper option may be hiring movers from a truck rental company. This can cost between $35 and $2800.

Local movers will charge an average of $1400 for moving locally. These are estimated moving costs for a 2-3 bedroom move. Long-distance moving companies will charge an average moving cost of at least $2000 or more for moving cross country.

Professional moving companies typically provide a moving cost calculator on their website to help you get a rough cost estimate.


Per-hour rates for moving companies:

The hourly rate for local moves often cost anywhere from $25 to $50 per mover. So for a two-person team to work for four hours, the cost of labor alone is between $200 and $400. In addition to the hourly rate, you'll have to pay for things like tools, materials, and gas.

How do you save money without compromising quality service?

There are a few ways to save money on your move without compromising quality or service level.

Get rid of excess belongings

One way is to get rid of unnecessary belongings before the move. This will help you move more quickly and efficiently by reducing the amount of material you have to transport. You might save money on the move by simply getting rid of unwanted household goods.

Decluttering your closet before moving is a good way to start. Then devise a decluttering strategy for each room. Donate furniture, clothing, and trinkets that you no longer need. Try consigning, holding a garage sale, or putting your stuff on Craigslist if you want to sell them.

Utilize USPS Media Mail

Books are heavy and large, making them difficult to transport and store. Fortunately, the US Postal Service's Media Mail delivery service provides a quick and affordable answer to this problem. For just over $40, you can transport 70 pounds of books using Media Mail. This is an excellent way to free up space in your moving vehicle for more expensive things.

Hire movers during the off-season

Relocating during a low-demand season can save you money. As a general rule, mid-month and weekdays are the best times to relocate because moving prices are often reduced during this time of year.

Weekend moves may be more convenient, but keep in mind that there are only so many weekends in a year, and most customers will be competing for one of those dates. The weekdays are the best times for hiring movers if you can. Summer is also a busy time for movers, so consider moving during other seasons if possible.

Get quotes from multiple moving companies

You should make some pricing comparisons before selecting a professional moving company. It's a good idea to obtain quotes from three or more local moving companies.

Never put your faith in the price quotes you get from an online moving cost calculator. Instead, make sure the mover is aware of any specific goods that need additional attention in order to get the most accurate price possible. For a more accurate quote, the moving company should do an on-site or video survey.

Factors Affecting the Cost of Your Move

Keep in mind all possible relocation charges when estimating moving costs. Among them are:

  • Travel Expenses: Local moves are cheaper, while long-distance moves always result in higher expenses, including, of course, the cost of transportation. These charges account for the time it will take the movers to travel from one location to the next and the cost of fuel and labor.
  • Amount and size of belongings: As a general rule, the more possessions you have to transport, the more expensive your relocation will be. When you have to move a lot of stuff, the relocation process will take longer, and your shipment will be heavier. This translates to higher prices.
  • Packing services: Using moving services to pack your possessions is a convenient option, but it could cost several hundred dollars or more for packing supplies such as moving boxes and packing paper.

Your moving costs will be modified by any additional services you decide to include in your move. Examples of these typical add-ons include disassembling and reassembling furniture, transporting specialized equipment, and using moving supplies such as a stretch wrap, felt cushions, and mattress bags.


Additional charges to keep in mind when hiring movers

Depending on the specifics of your move, moving companies may charge additional fees for the moving process. These are usually not included in estimates from moving cost calculators. Some of the most common moving expenses to consider if you're moving are summarized below.

  • Specialty charges: Your moving costs will go up if you need to transport anything that isn't a classic piece of furniture, such as a piano or a pool table. To transport these "heavy" products, companies typically charge an additional fee of several hundred dollars.
  • Stair carry fee: When movers have to carry items up and down numerous flights of stairs, they may charge a higher price. It's usually only required if a house has more than the average number of stories or steps.
  • Accessory charge: In the case of a high-rise apartment complex, you may be charged an elevator fee for using an elevator during your move.
  • Unpacking service: Do you require assistance with unpacking your possessions and removing supplies and waste? For this time-consuming service, you may have to pay a charge to the movers.
  • The cost of using a shuttle: In order to move your possessions to and from the moving truck, you may be offered shuttle services by some movers. When the moving truck can't get close enough to the house to park, this service is frequently required.
  • Storage charges: If you need a place to keep your belongings during or after the move, some movers offer storage options.
  • Additional stops: If the movers have to make more stops, you'll have to fork over more money. Each stop's cost is determined by how far it is and how much time it takes to get there. One example is having a mover stop by your storage facility to pick up goods before transporting them all to your new house.
  • Rush jobs: Are you in a time crunch and need to get things done quickly? Up to two weeks are required for a long-distance move, but expedited services may be available if you need to move sooner.

Finally, keep in mind that it is customary to tip your movers when the job is finished. Movers do a lot of challenging work when moving, so tips are highly appreciated (and expected).

Is insurance included in the moving fee?

In reality, a moving company does not provide or sell insurance. However, valuation coverage functions as a form of insurance.

Before the move, you, the consumer, select the value of your package. Consumers who do not purchase valuation coverage are entitled to 60 cents per pound per item in free coverage.

Additional valuation coverage from your moving company may also be available to safeguard your belongings.

All valuables must be insured if you want to protect them against theft. Value coverage is required if you have objects of great value (e.g., artwork worth $100 per pound or more).

To ensure that the movers are aware of the need to pack and secure valuable items appropriately, you must declare them in advance and individually. The mover may charge an additional fee for additional packaging materials or protection to ensure the safety of these items.

The movers will then provide you with a quote for the cost of moving those specific items. The following options are available to you:

  • Protection for the entire product cost
  • Actual value coverage: This pays for the item's current market value.

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