Moving costs vary depending on several factors. Be aware that the costs may get higher the farther you move. While local moves usually cost under $1,500, long-distance moves cost upwards of $4,500.
The main reason is while local movers can charge by the hour, long distance movers must charge based on the weight of your shipment when crossing state lines. The money that goes into moving depends a lot on a number of factors.
- Local moves:
If your relocation is local, movers generally charge per hour for the duration of the move. The cost of that move is largely dependent on how much stuff you’re moving or how many rooms you have to move. If you have no idea how much your belongings weigh, reputable moving companies can give you an estimate before you sign on the dotted line, using average weight for homes of your size, plus more details on estimates later. All moving companies should be able to perform either an in-person inspection or a video survey of your things before giving you a price quote. Never accept a blind quote over the internet. The best is to get written estimates from at least three moving companies and get their representatives to come look at what is in your home to form an exact idea of what you have.
- Long distance moves:
If you are moving long distance (more than 100 miles), you will need the services of long distance movers. Long distance moves are calculated based both on the weight of your things and the distance transported. Simply put, the farther movers have to transport your belongings, the higher the bill will be. You’ll most likely be charged a per-mile rate in addition to the weight-based charges. Ask the moving company ,you are choosing, if there are any additional transportation charges, like fuel or tolls.
- Other considerations:
When movers provide an estimate, they may not reference the extra fees on moving day. When you receive your in-home assessment, be clear and precise about the services you will need and ask detailed questions about charging any extra fees. Services or extras that most probably require additional costs include:
- Packing If the movers are responsible for packing and unpacking any of your things you will be charged accordingly for the company’s supplies and time. This may also include any assembly or dis-assembly of furniture. Packing materials cannot be included in your estimate,moving companies charge extra for boxes, shrink wrap, bubble wrap, furniture blankets, and etc.
- Stair carriesStairs can add considerable fees to your final moving cost: movers may charge an extra fee per-step, per-flight or per-turn depending on the object they’re moving.
- Liability and valuation coverage.According to Federal law, interstate movers are required to provide customers with two different valuation coverage options: Full Value Protection and Released Value Protection. Full Value Protection is the more comprehensive option and requires the mover to replace items or reimburse you with money for the item’s current value. The standard insurance provided by movers is known as Released Value Protection and covers at a rate of no more than 60 cents per pound. Ask the company about their additional coverage plans and associated costs to ensure your belongings are protected.
- Moving specialty items: If you have antiques, safes, pianos, or artwork, that will require special procedures or equipment to transport, you may receive an extra charge. Better to ask your mover about their experience moving these items before ordering.
Moving costs vary depending on several factors, including the type of move, the weight and volume of your shipment, the services you will require, and the moving company you choose. If you’re planning an upcoming move, find out about at least three movers on how a potential moving will cost, considering the factors we reviewed, that will help you to calculate your relocation budget clearly in advance.