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How to calculate the overall cost of your move

How to calculate the overall cost of your move
May 13, 2016 |

When you are determining the overall cost of your move there are many things to put into consideration. Adding a mover into the equation can lead to a number of extra costs. The average mover may have many things that go into a particular moving quote. While the cost of the move may seem quite expensive when you look at the final price, when you consider the plethora of options that go into the average move and the considerations that the average mover makes in their quote, a move may no longer seem quite so expensive.

Keep in mind that a mover may have to use some of the same professional tools that you and an amateur crew might use during your move if you were to rent a truck. By working with a team of professionals you can make sure that the move goes much more efficiently and that the equipment rentals can be somewhat cheaper as well. A mover will often have a number of industry contacts that can drive down the cost of extra considerations.

Here are some of the top factors that go into calculating the overall cost of an individual customers move:

The amount of stuff you have: The first and most basic aspect of quoting a moving job is how much stuff you have. If your move might take two trucks or even two trips with a truck it could get much more expensive. If a mover only requires the use of a very small truck then the move could be done quite quickly and for a much more reasonable price.

How many people will be required: Understanding the number of people that might be required to handle the size and scope of your move in the right amount of time is important. The cost of hiring an experienced mover can range between $15 up to $50 or more an hour. Depending on the skills that they have and the type of equipment that they can offer from their services, different types of professionals may be needed for certain moves. Understanding the number of people required in the hourly rate steady mover will have to charge can be important to factoring in any costs for a move.

Gas: The length of your move could be subject to fuel surcharges. If you have a lot of extra stuff it’s going to cost quite a lot in gas to haul the extra mass. If you are traveling over a long distance for your move you may also need to pay for wear and tear on the moving trucks if they are privately owned. Gas is a big concern for any move by an experienced mover will be able to tell you in detail how much gas and mileage may cost.

Tolls: Sometimes tolls may be required for a long term moves. Most movers will require you to pay these extra tolls during work hours especially if it might speed up the process of your move or make your move safer.

Parking: A move may require the process of blocking off part of the street or potentially parking in several spots in front of your new building or home. If you are moving to a place where parking needs to be paid, a company may ask for extra costs or compensation to cover the parking fee during the course of moving or unloading the truck.

Premiums for difficult objects: If you have fragile or heavy objects that need to be moved out of your home there could be a need to charge varies premiums on your move. This could mean charging you extra money to move a piano, heavy filing cabinet or other items you may have in your home. If something is going to be very difficult to move it could cost extra time and this means a premium cost for moving it.

Equipment: extra equipment may be needed to move fragile items or heavy items as well. This could mean paying extra for dollies, cranes supports and packing equipment. While most moving companies will provide the basic equipment as part of their moving fee, if it requires equipment rental you will be responsible for fronting the bill on the heavy equipment. In many cases movers can get you a premium rate on some of these items however.

Number of floors: If movers are required to go up several floors and a walk up this could result in extra moving costs. Adding extra distance between the truck and the drop off point is down to incur extra premiums because it takes extra time it takes an extra toll on the movers. If a building doesn’t have an elevator it could cost you more to move into.

Disassembly/assembly/packing: Certain companies will provide packing services as well as assembling and disassembling services as part of their moving options. These services will often cost a little bit more money and be included along with the quote. Having access to these extras could increase your convenience but also end up costing you a little bit of extra money. If certain items require disassembly and reassembly this can also end up costing time as well as require extra tools being brought to the job site. All of these extras can be built into the overall moving cost but they will add onto the price of your bill.

The cost of insurance on your move: most insurance companies carry premiums to cover the cost of your belongings on a move. These premiums also require an uprfront fee to maintain. A small amount may be added to your bill to increase insurance premiums as well as to cover the ongoing cost of insurance premiums for the business.

Tips: While a tip may not always be added on to your bill it is something to consider as part of your moving bill. It is common to tip your movers around $20 extra per crew member to ensure the longevity of their business. If a mover has done a particularly good job you should definitely consider tipping them.

Keep some of these ideas in mind when you receive a moving quote so that you can better understand the full costs of moving.

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