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How much does moving cost?
For a professional moving company, calculating moving costs takes a considerable amount of focus and experience. In order to provide moving estimates that are as accurate as possible, a moving company will look at a variety of factors such as the weight of your household goods, the distance of your move and more. Keep reading to see how we’ve outlined how moving costs are calculated below and check out the must-see deals to some of the most popular moving destinations in the country.
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How Much Do Moving Companies Cost?
At American Van Lines (AVL), we fully understand the concern people have over their moving budgets. After all, for decades, there was a stigma around moving companies being too expensive for the average family to hire. Well, we are happy to disprove this myth. Today, we will go over all this related to professional movers and money. From diving into the specifics of a moving estimate to examining ways you can contribute to making your move cheaper, we are here to provide answers to any questions that you may have.
How are Moving Costs Estimated?
When you receive a moving estimate from a moving company, its natural to wonder how they arrived at the price that they gave you. Luckily, we are here to walk you through a simple 3-step process that we created to break down exactly how moving estimates are created.
- Distance: When you think about gas mileage and the number of different factors that professional movers have to navigate based on distance, it makes perfect sense that this is a factor in determining the cost of a move. For instance, if you are moving from a condo into a home that’s 5 miles away, this is a lot easier of a move for a moving company than one for a customer who is moving to a new city 2,000 miles away. The longer the distance, the greater the possibility of damaged items, dealing with inclement weather and having delivery delays due to traffic or a mechanical issue with the moving truck. This is why when you fill out a form for a moving estimate, entering your old and new addresses are one of the first things required.
- Weight: Other than the distance of your move, the amount of household goods you need transported is the single most important factor in determining your moving estimate. Since your inventory list (an itemized list of what you need the movers to relocate) correlates directly with the weight of your household goods, you want to do everything in your power to ensure that you only take exactly what you need to your new address. Why is it so important to assess the weight of your household goods? Well, it determines the amount of labor needed (how many movers are needed to complete your move), the size of the truck that will be required and how much gas may be needed to complete the trip. With that being said, it’s clear to see why the weight of your goods is extremely important.
- Additional Moving Services: While distance and weight are the two moving industry standards that affect the cost of a move, there are various additional moving services that a customer may request that can do the same. From storage units to shuttle trucks, things can add up quickly. Are you looking for a full service move? This is when a moving company provides packing, unpacking and in some cases full cleaning services as well. If you hire a moving company to take care of all of this for you instead of doing some of it yourself, you can expect to pay more. Then you have to take specialty items into account. It is far more difficult for movers to transport a pool table or a grand piano than a small loveseat. So, if you have hard-to-move items in your inventory, this could also cost you more. Next, ask yourself is there anything you’re doing to make the move tougher on the moving company. By having a working elevator and making it easy for the movers to park near your home you can avoid things like long carry fees that could hike up your bill as well.
How Do I Get a Moving Quote?
Getting a moving quote is easy, especially when you connect with American Van Lines, a moving company that makes you feel comfortable and understands the needs of you and your family. It is vital to choose a trusted, reputable company that offers FREE, no-obligation moving quotes as this has become somewhat of an industry standard from the best in the business. This means that we will perform a virtual or in-home moving estimate for you without charging you or expecting a commitment from you in any way.
When you get a moving quote, it’s important to be as detailed as possible so that the moving company can be as accurate as possible. If you’re unsure about something, don’t be afraid to ask questions so that your move can happen without any major issues.
We also think that you should start seeking estimates at least 1 month before your desire moving date. This will give you a chance to successfully lock in the dates you want with the moving company that you feel most comfortable with.
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