One of the first things that a person does when they are getting ready to move, and they are searching for that perfect moving company to handle the logistical side of things, is gather moving quotes from different companies in the area. This is always a good idea, since it allows you to see how much different companies are charging and how much that varies from other companies in the area. It’s a good way to avoid a scam as well, since you will be knowledgeable as to how much different companies are really charging. But, do you know and understand how these moving quotes are compiled?
There are many different aspects that go into creating a moving quote. While some things you will have control over, there are other things that you won’t be able to control Regardless of where you are moving, it’s still important to know why your estimates are what they are. To that end, here are ten of the most commonly used aspects of a move that professional moving companies use when they are coming up with the amount that they are going to charge you.
1. Distance – Perhaps the most important thing that the movers will take into account when they are developing the cost of your move is the distance they will have to relocate your things in order to get them from your current home to your new home.
2. Weight – Since long distance movers charge based on weight, it will not be the volume of things they base your quote on, but the conversion of the volume you estimate that you have to the weight behind that volume. Companies that move people all the time have conversion equations that estimate fairly accurately.
3. Fuel Costs – If the cost of fuel is up, you can expect to pay more for the overall move than you would if fuel costs were low. Moving trucks use a lot of gasoline.
4. Stairs and Other Obstacles – Is there an obstacle that the movers will have to traverse to get your things from the house to the truck, or from the truck to the new house? If so, you may have to pay an extra fee.
5. Locations – Certain locations are more difficult to get into, and certain states require specific licenses or insurance, or even fees be paid. As a result, the extra costs are generally passed on to you, the consumer.
6. Insurance – If you will be opting for higher levels of coverage, you will not be granted the ‘free basic insurance’ that some movers include in their moving packages. As a result, you will see these costs added into your moving quotes.
7. Parking – In certain areas, such as in big cities, parking is difficult to find. There are often fees and other costs associated with this, and for the trouble and time involved, the costs will get passed on to you.
8. Specialty Services – If you have something special that needs to be moved, such as a piano or another specialty service requirement, then you probably will face the need to pay the fees for those specialty services. If the movers know about them ahead of time, they will include this in your moving quote. If they don’t they will add it later on.
9. Route – The route that the movers have to take will also come into play when they figure out what to charge you for your move. Some routes are easy and quick to drive, while others take time, energy, and are a general pain. Again, the cost of time and effort is passed on to you.
10. Manpower – Most moving companies offer a set amount of people for a job, but if you are in a rush, or you have more things than the average person, then you will probably face the need to have extra manpower. If this is the case, then you can expect to pay for each extra worker that you are granted.
Kristy Chin knows how hard it can be to find good movers, which is why she strives to put her twenty years of experience to work for consumer just like you. She enjoys helping people move every day, which is why you can find lots of helpful information on her blog at Movingcompanies.us.