Moving is a very stressful task to carry out because of the planning, organization, and commitment involved, it can also be time-consuming as well. Hence, it will not be out of place to hire professional movers who are up to the task in order to take the stress off your shoulders so that you can have enough time to cater for other important duties.
The amount charged by movers is dependent on so many factors and the rates vary from company to company, that is why it is good to request quotes from different companies so that you can go with a cheaper option. No matter how hard you try to do majority of the tasks involved in moving by yourself, there are still some tasks you will still have to hire the services of a moving company for. If you do the packing, sorting, and unpacking by yourself, you will still need the services of a professional mover for tasks such as moving of heavy items, load, and unload the truck among others.
Like I said earlier, the charges for hiring a moving company vary across different companies and are a function of distance, the volume of items to be moved, and also are there loads to be moved upstairs? All these contribute to the cost of hiring the services of professional movers. The cost that will be discussed here is going to be what is applicable on the average based on what different moving companies charge.
Moving Locally or Long Distance move
Just as you may know, moving to the next street will be cheaper compared to when you are moving to another state. If you are relocating between large cities, the cost of hiring movers can differ greatly depending on relocation trends from and to your current and future locations. Hence, the cost of hiring a mover is somehow a function of demand and supply. You will spend twice as much on a long distance relocation as you would for a local move.
According to the American Moving and Storage Association, the average cost for an interstate household move with an average distance of 1,225 miles and about 7,400 pounds of belongings will cost around $4,300 including ancillary and packing services. However, an intrastate move with the same condition will cost about $2,300.
Always get a quote before choosing your moving company. You want to look around at multiple movers and compare the prices that they offer to you. You want to be sure that you look at all of the information about the quote, and get it written down before you make a decision. If you choose a company, keep their written quote so that you can ensure that you get the price you were quoted.
Estimating the Cost of Hiring Professional Movers
Usually, most moves will fall under interstate or intrastate and as such there are different regulations and agencies governing the two types of moves. The cost of hiring moving companies vary just as earlier said, but here are some basic stats to help you have a good idea of what moving interstate or intrastate may cost depending on the size of your home.
Local move includes moving from one street to another around the same neighborhood. An estimated of such move type are as follows;
- A studio or 1 Bedroom apartment costs between $200 – $500.
- A 2 Bedroom apartment costs between $400 – $700.
- A 3 Bedroom house costs between $560 – $1,000.
- A 4 Bedroom house costs between $800 – over $2,000.
Long Distance Move
On average, the cost for moving long distance is about $0.80 per 1lb. of goods per 1,000 miles (excluding any additional charges that may arise). The cost of moving a household may vary depending on the weight of the belongings to be moved. On the average the following rates apply for long-distance move;
- A studio apartment can weigh around 1,800lbs and that gives $1,440.
- A 1 Bedroom apartment weighing around 2,200 – 3,200lbs will cost between $1,760 – $2,500.
- A 2 Bedroom apartment weighing around 5,000 – 6,000lbs will cost between $4,000 – $4,800.
- A 3 Bedroom apartment weighing around 9,000lbs will cost about $7,200.
The costs or rates given above are estimates based on what is applicable when hiring an average moving company and does not factor in other moving-related fees like charges for moving items upstairs, and the rest. There are several other moving-related fees that may add up to the costs highlighted above. Most times, additional costs come from the following;
- Hiring Additional Movers: this may cost an extra $25 – $50 per additional moving man engaged.
- Elevators Charge: If you have a freight elevator in your apartment, then you may be incurring additional fees to move your items.
- If you want a specific date of arrival from your moving company rather than a window of time in which your belongings will arrive, then you may be charged some extra amount.
- Storage In Transit (SIT): If your house is not ready when your belongings arrive and the moving company stores your items before they are moved into your new homes, you will be charged a SIT fee.
- Long Carry Fee: If the distance between the moving truck and your front door is longer than normal you will need to pay extra fees for this. It is important to reach an agreement on this before you sign a contract with your moving company.
- Appliance Charges: If you are moving large appliances such as dishwashers, refrigerators, washing machines, and dryers that need to be installed in your new home, you would have to pay for the additional services as well.
- Flight Charge: If your items moved have to be carried down or up a flight of stairs, then you should expect to pay an additional fee for each stair involved.
Full-Service Moving Costs
If you are employing the services of a full moving professional who will do all the whole job from start to finish, then it is more likely that you will be charged per hour. Remember, time is money your charges will be based on how long it takes for the entire move to be completed. On the average most moving companies charge between $20 – $40 per hour. However, make sure you check with your moving company s that you can agree on a favorable moving rate.
Avoid stress by hiring your movers around a month ahead of time, if possible. The sooner that you get your movers scheduled, the better off that you’ll be and the more likely that you’ll be able to find a moving company with a decent rate for your needs. The further out you schedule your movers, the more flexibility that you’ll have with dates and other things that can help you to save money in the long run.
Do I need to tip my movers?
For sure, yes. If they’ve done a good job for you, then it’s common courtesy to go ahead and give them some sort of a tip. Most people recommend that you’re going to want to give them something in the ballpark of $15 to $30 per mover if you can afford to do so.
Is paying for insurance worthwhile?
Absolutely! It’s only around 1% of the valuation of the items that you’ll be taking on the move, and it can help to protect both you and your movers if something were to go wrong during the process. If anything – anything! – happens to your items during the loading, moving, and/or unloading process, you can have coverage and get the money you’d need so that you can make replacements, if necessary.
What is the difference between licensing and bonding?
Licensing is, typically, a state-based thing. The company needs to follow certain requirements when it comes to training, moving, and taking care of everything so that they can get a license for relocation services. Bonding, on the other hand, means that the company is covered in case someone hurts themselves or there’s an accident – it’s like business insurance. But, it doesn’t cover your items (which you’ll need to buy additional insurance for).