Now that you’ve chosen to move, it’s time to choose a moving company and compare prices, so you can save on your upcoming move. When you’re comparing prices, be sure to factor in the following:
How long will your move take?
Moving companies break down their prices by time and labor, which means that if you want to know how much each mover on your list will cost you, you’ll need to find out how many hours it takes them to make an average move. This can be done through individual or online customer reviews. If you live in a small town that has only one moving company, ask them to make an on-site bid for you. Keep in mind, too, that the number of hours they give you may be a bit inflated – but this gives you a general idea of how much it costs in time and labor.
The more time it takes to pack, load, and unload your belongings onto the moving truck, the more it will cost.
Do they charge weight or volume?
Another factor that affects how much you pay by the hour is whether the company charges by weight or volume. If a company charges by weight (typically measured in pounds), it might be more expensive than one that charges by volume (measured in cubic feet).
Is there a fuel charge?
Many companies include their fuel cost into the quote, but some may separate it. This factor is vital because moving companies are charged different rates for gasoline based on supply and demand. If you’re planning your move during peak season, you can bet that the gas price will go up.
The fuel charge isn’t fixed – it changes weekly, so be sure to check with your moving company for an accurate estimate.
When comparing moving company prices, be sure to take your time and look at all of the factors that can affect your rate. If you’re a first-time mover, it’s also a good idea to keep your budget in mind.