Moving Costs

Understanding Your Moving Costs

 

Understanding your moving costs may prove to be a challenging task. A simple online search will provide you with dozens of results for various moving service providers. You may very well end up with dozens of estimates for the same move, each one different from the other and with a different final price.

Understanding how moving costs are calculated is essential if you would like to make sure your price will not change once the moving date arrives.
Let’s take a look at the most common pricing systems that moving service providers use, in order to calculate moving costs.

Calculating Moving Costs for Long Distance Moves

Most moving companies will charge according to a pre-determined rate per pound or a pre-determined rate per cubic foot.

  • For weight based estimates, the truck will be weighed before and after it is loaded in a certified weight station. The moving company should provide you with a weight certificate.
  • A specific rate per pound will be pre-determined. The actual costs will be based on the final weight, multiplied by the rate per pound.
  • For space based estimates, a rate per cubic foot will be pre-determined. The charges will be based on the actual space the goods will take on the truck, multiplied by the rate per cubic foot.
  • Most movers will charge additionally for packing materials, if used.

Calculating Moving Costs for Local Moves

Most movers will charge according to a pre-determined rate per hour.

  • The hourly rate will be influenced by the number of movers necessary and assigned for your move.
  • Charges will be based on the time it will take to load, drive and off-load your goods.
  • Most movers will add one hour of travel time. This is charged for the time it takes the movers to get back to their headquarters, once they finish servicing your move.
  • Most movers will charge additionally for packing materials, if used.