When you are about to move one of the things you need to plan in advance are the moving costs. Moving costs depend on things like distance and weight as well as the additional services like packing, hoisting, etc. You can estimate your approximate budget easily by taking into consideration several factors of your move. Just in case, it is always a good idea to contact several moving companies and compare their price quotes. Estimating your average moving cost depends if you are moving locally or interstate.
Estimate local moving costs
If you are moving furniture locally then your moving costs are calculated based on the time used to complete your relocation. Local and residential apartment movers usually charge by the hour. Sometimes they have the average of 1 or 2 hours minimum, which means that even if your move takes less time to complete, you will still be charges the whole amount. Most of the apartment movers charge one additional hour as travel fee – the time they spend to get to your location.
Depending on the company size, location and professionalism it could cost you between $85 and $200 per hour for 2 men and a truck for the moving time. If you decide to purchase packing and packing materials from the movers, it will cost you more. Moving insurance is additionally added to the cost.
Estimating moving costs for Long Distance moves
Local movers charge by the hour, but if you are about to move interstate or long distance most furniture moving companies charge by the total weight of your move. Some cross country moving companies charge by volume which is usually not good for you, because the volume could be a lot different depending on how well is your stuff arranged in the moving truck or trailer by the movers themselves. This is why we recommend that you hire movers that charge by the weight for your move cross the country. You can only estimate your approximate move weight, but the actual weight is done once the moving truck or trailer is fully loaded with your household belongings. Then, the truck is weighted on a certified scale and the final costs are calculated. Movers must provide you the weight ticket at the delivery date. Calculating and estimating interstate moving costs with certainty can be a challenge. The best way to do it is to call multiple long distance moving companies and help them determine your moving weight and make their conclusions based on that. You could also request a visual survey from the company. They will send a professional to make a walk-through you home, write down all the items you have to move and give you a better idea about the weight in lbs. Make sure you call at least two different moving companies, since some movers may intentionally lower the weight in their estimates. Check out the average moving cost estimation guide for more pricing and detailed moving expenses information on how to calculate moving expenses based on your house or apartment size.
Estimate Moving Costs Accurately
No matter if you are moving locally or interstate, you can have your approximate moving costs calculated by moving professionals fast and easy. Just fill the free moving cost estimator for a cost calculation here. Having a moving consultant calculate moving costs way in advance is the best way for you to have an idea about your moving budget. Being prepared what to expect is important. It is hard to guess the approximate moving cost unless contacting a professional furniture relocation company to estimate your moving expenses unless you decide to move by yourself. In that case you will have to take into consideration your truck rental expense (which will include all fees and taxes in addition to the mandatory insurance) as well as everything you need to spend on packing materials. Calculating your rates is very easy with our quote form. Use it to be contacted by reputable service providers even before you are ready to move across country or locally.
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Posted on Apr 28, 2011; Last updated: Jun 10, 2014