No two moves are the same, and so only rarely are two moving estimates the same. While a little research goes a long way when it comes to finding the best deal, you can’t always expect the moving company to charge you the same as they charged your neighbor, or vice versa. Several factors affect how movers calculate estimates, and it goes way beyond simple “number of rooms” guesswork.
Distance How far are you moving? Most movers charge by the mile, especially for long distance moves, although some offer a flat rate for moves within their area or between major cities.
Weight Movers estimate weight based on a combination of experience and looking over your possessions (hence the importance of an onsite, in-person visit). Be aware that some movers will aim low in an attempt to secure your business, only to charge more once the truck is loaded and the actual weight measured. Obtain a binding estimate if possible and the mover will be stuck with their original quote, even if they guessed too low. Generally speaking the highest weight estimate you receive is the most accurate.
Time How long will the move take? Movers may charge by the hour or by the day, with amounts varying further based on how much manpower will be needed to complete the job.
Access Can a full-size moving truck reach your new residence? In cases of limited access situations (narrow streets, low hanging trees, no parking, etc.), movers may charge for additional services such as shuttling possessions from the truck to the house.
Other All circumstances are unique and various charges may appear on your estimate that reflect your individual situation, such as storage of belongings, special handling of precious items, moving on a holiday, etc. Just make sure all charges are listed clearly so you know what you are and are not paying for, and question anything vague or unspecified like “miscellaneous.”
Published By : Rigel Celeste