Why Are Moving Costs so High

Nobody likes moving, and it can be even more of a hassle when you end up paying more than you originally thought. It’s important to know what you’re getting into when you move. You will need to set yourself a budget, and find an estimate that works best with your price range.

Moving companies give estimates based on the distance traveled and the weight of your possessions. There are also several other factors that can change the price, so it’s wise to know what you’re up against.

Mandatory moving services

What affects your final moving cost the most is the amount of helping hands needed.

Some moving companies offer the entire moving package: packing your belongings, putting them on the truck, transporting everything to your new home, and unloading/unpacking everything. These usually can be quite expensive.

You can save some money by packing your own stuff and getting everything ready to load on the truck.

It will also cost you if you have specific moving requirements like double trips, or crating, etc.

Sometimes there are several ways in which companies may charge extra, and there’s nothing you can do about it. Some of the most common ways companies charge extra are:

  • If the home is difficult for the trucks to reach. There may be a narrow road, or an old bridge that doesn’t allow for moving trucks to drive right up to the door. In this case they would use smaller vehicles bring your belongings to the house from the difficult entrance.
  • If the movers cannot drive right to the front door and have to carry everything a decent distance. If it’s longer than 75 feet, they will most likely add a carry-fee.
  • There’s a charge for going up and down stairs, or waiting at an elevator. These typically show up on the bill as a flight charge, or elevator fee.
  •  If some appliances cannot fit through the doors and must be hoisted through windows, this will cost a bit of money.

Moving companies also offer storage for your stuff if your home isn’t ready to be occupied yet. If you happen to be living in temporary housing and need a place to put your stuff for a little while, the moving company can help you, but for a cost. The longer they’re in there, the most expensive it will be.

Lastly, movers charge you extra if they have to wait at either house when you aren’t ready.

The time of your move

The time of year you move will highly determine the cost.  The busiest season is in the summer, which costs the most. Anytime from September through May will cost significantly less, and ensure you get experienced movers, as they are not always available during the busy season.

Keep in mind moving costs are higher on holidays, and at the beginning and end of each month. They do this because rental agreements are usually set for the beginning and end of months, so moving in the middle is ideal.

Try to move on the second half of the month, maybe a Tuesday. Tuesdays are the least busy days for moving companies, while weekends are the busiest.

Moving insurance

It’s pretty typical that you get $0.60 cents of insurance for every pound. This is often the most basic package. You may want to increase the amount of you are moving highly valuable, or sentimental belongings.   

It’s possible to hold the moving company liable for all your belongings if anything is damaged, but it will cost a pretty penny.

There are a ton of options for moving, so it’s best to shop around and find the one that best fits your budget. Look around at three or four different companies and see which is the best for you.

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