If you are planning a move, you must be wondering how to go about calculating your moving costs. It’s a sizeable expense, and it’s something you should plan to keep the moving costs down to a minimum. Here are a few tips to help you get an idea of the moving costs you might be required to pay and how you can save some money.
First and foremost, you need to understand that different types of moves have different cost calculations. If you’re moving within the same town, your cost is most likely to be on a per hour basis. In simple terms, if we are moving within the same city and within a distance of around 100 miles from the old place, you will get a quote based on the hourly rate. This hourly rate will vary from one company to another. On the other hand, if you are moving from one state to another or the moving distance is more than 100 miles, you will get a quote based on the weight of the goods you want to move along with the space those goods are likely to take.
Put, your moving costs will depend on the distance that needs to be covered. If you’re moving locally, you need to understand some important things that are used by moving companies to calculate the cost.
The moving costs depend a lot on the exact location, especially when it’s a short distance move. You are most likely to pay on an hourly basis for a local move. Typically, the hourly rate remains the same whether the moving professional is packing your stuff, carrying stuff from your home to the moving vehicle, or loading these items into the vehicle, and unloading your stuff once things have reached the ultimate destination or un-boxing your things in the new apartment or house. In other words, the hourly rates are unlikely to change based on the work the moving professionals perform, and everything is charged at the same rate.
You will also need to account for the travel fee. It simply means that the moving company will charge you for expenses related to the professionals reaching your home and traveling back from the 2nd location. In many cases, this fee is equal to one hour of standard hourly charges. It has been observed that most moving companies charge an average rate of $25 per hour per professional. However, this is not something that’s written in stone, and the cost could go up or down based on your specific location.
The number of movers needed to finish the move will also depend on the size of your existing house, and the things that need to be shifted. If you have a standard two-bedroom apartment, three professionals will likely have to work for anywhere from 5 to 7 hours to get the job done. This will get you an idea of the average money you are likely to spend on a local move. If you have a bigger house and are moving to an even bigger home, the cost will go up sharply, and you can expect to spend thousands of dollars to get the job completed.
Keep in mind that the price will also vary as per the complexity of the move. If the professionals need to cover a long distance to take your stuff to the moving vehicle or there are a lot of stairs they need to cover or if they have to deal with excessively heavy items, get ready to pay a much higher price.
If you’re planning a cross-country move, the cost is going to be calculated on an entirely different basis. The most important factor is the distance of the move. However, you don’t have any control over it. Hence, the overall cost of the move will depend on the weight of the shipment as well as any other additional services you might require.
When it comes to shipment weight, the more stuff you want to move, the more money you will have to pay. Therefore, one of the better ways to keep your moving costs in check is to take stock of all the things in your current home and making sure you only take along the items you need. One common rule many people use is if they haven’t used an item in over a year, it is something they can live without. So, check your house and make an inventory of all the items that you haven’t used in almost a year. Hold a garage sale or list these items on a local classifieds site to get some money and to save on moving costs.
Overall, there are ways to bring down your moving costs. Get rid of all the excess stuff you are not going to need at the new location and get estimates or moving company quotes from at least three reputable moving companies to get a good price. It is also recommended to plan your move at least 6 to 8 weeks in advance. It will give you enough time to prepare and to get estimates from different companies. A little preparation can save you a lot of money. So, plan out your movement save some money on your moving costs.