Are you thinking about hiring residential movers? If so, you’re likely wondering how much you can expect to pay. The answer isn’t as straightforward as you might initially think. Several factors come into play when determining the final cost.

This post will outline the basic price structure of most moving companies. Researching this information ahead of time can help you stay informed about costs while choosing a team of professional movers.

If You’re Planning a Local Move

A local move is one of the simplest to calculate because it’s normally billed based on the amount of time it takes for the movers to relocate your belongings. That is, the moving company will have an hourly rate and you’re charged that rate times the number of hours it takes to move. You may also need to pay fuel fees for the moving trucks, so keep that in mind. Normally, the fuel fees are determined by the mileage from your current home to your next.

If You’re Moving Long-Distance

Long-distance moves aren’t as easy to calculate, but that doesn’t mean the process is complicated. Rather than basking the cost on time, moving companies charge for long-distance moves by the weight of the items being shipped. You won’t have to worry about weighing each box, though. Instead, the movers will plug your items into a convenient formula to quickly calculate an estimate for the total weight. You’ll pay by weight plus any tariff rates the carrier imposes.

Don’t Skip the In-Home Estimate

To get the most accurate moving quote, schedule an in-home estimate. During this appointment, the moving consultant will examine your belongings to determine their weight, and if any special treatment may be required for their transport. The moving consultant will also assess your current location to scout for things like steep staircases, elevators or limited parking availability for a truck - that might increase the amount of time it will take to complete your move. This information will help them calculate the estimate.

Keep the Small Add-Ons in Mind

If you plan on getting moving supplies like boxes, tape, and padding material from the moving company, budget these costs into your final price. It’s easy to forget about these seemingly small costs, but they can quickly add up. Need storage? You’ll need to check on pricing for those services, as well.

Know the Difference Between Estimates

At the end of your consultation, you’ll receive a binding or non-binding estimate. A binding estimate is better for the customer. Why? Because it is guaranteed not to change. You’ll pay the price that’s quoted. If you’re given a non-binding estimate, that means you could find yourself paying extra if moving day doesn’t go quite as planned. For example, if it takes the movers longer to move your items than they thought, you’ll be expected to pay the extra costs.

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Coleman Allied is here to answer all your moving questions. We’re long-distance movers that have more than 100 years of experience in the industry. Start planning your move today! Call or submit our online form to receive a free estimate.