Moving isn’t cheap – there are deposits, mortgages, new furniture, and lots of small, unforeseen expenses. So, when you’re trying to decide if hiring a moving company is the best way to move for you and your budget, you should think with a cool head.
How much do the moves cost?
The cost of hiring a move varies by different factors. It is easy to get confused with the fees that some moving companies show or charge their clients.
Some of the terms that you can come up with when you look for long distance movers are the rate base, the hourly rate, the rate of the moving truck, and the cost per worker.
The size of your move, whether it is a local or long-distance move, and the specifications of your home can also influence the total cost.
Going up two flights of stairs will take a moving crew much longer than moving a single-level home. Naturally, this will influence the cost of the service.
They will break down these terms and the costs you can expect for moves of different sizes.
Types of moves
- Complete move: Professionals usually request that you be present on the day of packing and moving, although you can coordinate with them if you are out of town for a business trip or vacation. The price of the complete moving service is higher than the regular services, but the payoff is the free time that you have not used in packing all your possessions.
- Special move: In addition to specialty items, some businesses may have additional charges for disassembling and assembling furniture or moving heavy items. Communicate clearly with the workers in advance about what you need to prevent any confusion on move-in day. You should keep in mind that additional tasks that require extra work could increase prices, so request that everything is detailed in the initial budget.
- Office move: When doing this type of move, it is recommended to move the electronic items first so that the technical team has time to connect all the devices. In this way, the IT staff will have advanced the Internet connections, the assembly of the computers, etc., when the other things arrive. After arriving at the new location, do not forget to notify suppliers and customers of the new company address.
Types of moving fees.
If this is your first time hiring a moving company, we understand that the prices above have made your eyes go wide.
However, remember that there are several fees behind that total amount. We are going to explain those new terms, so you know exactly what you are paying for.
- Hourly rate.
An hourly rate is an amount that you will pay by the mover or by the hour. Depending on the mover, some will prorate overtime differently than the hours agreed upon at the outset.
Some companies prorate overtime in 15-minute blocks and others in half-hour blocks. Remember that those prices are likely to vary depending on the hour, day, or season.
An hourly rate may be higher on a Saturday morning than a Wednesday afternoon.
- Base rate.
It’s a one-time move-in fee. The base fee is typically a concession fee for organizing the truck or any other moving equipment you request. It is not the same as an hourly rate or the cost of the truck.
- Cost per worker.
As simple as it sounds: it is the cost you pay for each person who works on your move. With some services, some people may cost more than others. The cost of moving often depends on the experience level of the worker.
- Cost of the truck.
This is pretty self-explanatory; this is the cost of hiring a truck from the moving company. This will take your move from labor only to full service.
Moving truck with blankets covering belongings
It is often cheaper and less hassle to reserve a truck through the mover than to rent one yourself.