Factors That Can Affect Your Moving Estimate

Factors That Can Affect Your Moving Estimate

Wed, Nov 18, 2020 9:59 PM

Long Distance Moving office relocation

The last thing you need when you're moving is a list of surprise fees tacked on at the end. From the beginning, here's how to get an accurate estimate.

It's crucial to have an accurate understanding of the final moving costs when planning a residential moving, so you can set a reasonable moving budget. However, calculating the moving costs is not as easy as it seems at first.

A calculation based on the total weight of your shipment and the actual distance to your new home will be given by the movers. But the final price may also be influenced by several other variables and make your relocation substantially more costly than anticipated.

You need to know exactly what can impact your moving estimate to make a successful financial plan for your upcoming move.

Moving Services Needed

The aspect that will most influence your move's final cost is the amount of moving assistance you're going to need.

Your transfer will cost you a pretty penny if you want your movers to take care of all aspects of the relocation process, including packing your items, loading them into the moving truck, transporting them to your new home, and unloading and unpacking your products.

But you won't have to pay for such facilities if you plan to do some of the job yourself such as packing your belongings or disassembling your big furniture, and you will be able to cut the moving costs.

Bear in mind that extra costs may also be charged for any particular packing, temporary storage, or transportation requirements you may have such as crating, exclusive moving vehicle use, or split pick-up or delivery).

Circumstances outside your control can often involve a particular service, regardless of whether or not you choose to use it.

The most common obstacle that affects the movement flow and results in additional charges is inadequate access to the pick-up and/or drop-off location. Several examples are given here:

  • If any of your furniture or appliances do not fit through the doors or along your property's narrow hallways, you will need hoisting services i.e., movers will carry your large objects through a window into or out of the home. These appear to be very costly.

  • You will be paid a long-carry fee if the moving truck does not stop at the entrance to your home and the movers have to carry your things for a significant distance (greater than 50 to 75 feet).

  • You will have to pay a flight charge or an elevator fee if the movers have to carry your goods up or down a number of stairs or wait a long time for an elevator.

  • Your products will be picked up or transported with the aid of smaller vehicles if your old home (or your new property) is not accessible to large moving trucks due to physical limitations such as narrow roads or poor bridges. This will incur a supplementary shuttle charge.


Factors That Can Affect Your Moving Estimate

The second most common explanation for increased moving costs is storage needs. You will have to pay an extra storage charge if you need your belongings to be stored in the carrier's warehouse because your new home is not ready to be occupied yet or because you are moving into temporary accommodation and want your things securely stored before you find a permanent residence.

And if your goods have to be stored for some time in storage, since on the agreed date and time you are unable to obtain your shipment, all the warehouse handling costs will be at your expense.

If you're not ready when they arrive to pick up your stuff, you'll also be paid extra for any unused time the movers spend waiting at your house.


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Moving Insurance

When using skilled moving services, the basic liability coverage (60 cents per pound per item) you get for free might not be enough to guarantee your peace of mind, particularly if you are relocating objects of high sentimental or monetary value.

Your shipping costs will go even higher if you want full value insurance (under which the carrier assumes responsibility for the full cost of repairs or the replacement value of any products lost or damaged).


Factors That Can Affect Your Moving Estimate

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The time of your relocation

The final moving costs would also be significantly influenced by the particular time of year that the transfer takes place.

It's no secret that during the summer, the busiest moving season, moving company prices are far higher than they are for the rest of the year. Thus, moving off-season (from September to mid-May anytime) will dramatically reduce your moving costs, and will also allow you to ensure the assistance of experienced moving professionals at the most suitable time for you (reputable movers are not readily available during the peak season).

Also, note that on national holidays and on the first/last day of a month, when many people need to move house because of rental agreements or work-related factors, moving prices are typically higher.

If possible, skip these peak hours and plan your relocation during the second half of a month for a day when you can expect lower prices, plenty of movers open, and far less hassle.

As far as individual days of the week are concerned, of course, the weekends are the busiest and the most costly. On the other hand, Tuesday is the least favored day for a transfer, so if you plan to migrate on a Tuesday, you might earn a substantial discount.

With so many variables influencing the estimation of your movers, when researching your moving options and selecting the right movers for you, you need to be very careful. Get three or four binding estimates on-site, compare the rates and conditions provided by various moving companies, and make your choice wisely.


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