Whether it is for a new job opportunity, to go to school, or just for a change in surroundings, moving to a new home is an exciting and hopeful time. It can also be incredibly daunting when you begin to contemplate packing up your belongings, loading a truck, and then unpacking it all when you reach your destination. No wonder it is not far into putting together cardboard boxes and wrapping delicate collectibles in bubble wrap that your mind begins to wonder to the question, “how much do movers cost?”
Movers provide an invaluable service. Generally men, these professionals are skilled at gathering belongings and delivering them to a new home as quickly, efficiently, and with as little hassle as possible. Unfortunately, knowing how much they may cost isn’t as easy was watching them load your antique sofa onto the back of their truck. Moving is not a simple endeavor, which makes pricing the services of movers comparably complicated.
Of course, the final amount that a moving company will charge will fluctuate depending on several factors such as the exact services you will require (do you need them to help you pack your belongings, or are they simply picking things up and putting them on a truck to take them off again at your new home?), the amount of household goods that they will be moving, and the actual number of movers that you will need. A good place to start when trying to figure out “how much do movers cost?” is the type of move. There are three basic types of moves that can be aided by the services of a moving company.
Local moves, just like it sounds, are those in which you are moving from one home to another in the same basic area. Some areas are much more expensive than others. For example, movers in New York will charge premium prices over those in the Midwest. Local moves are generally charged on a per-hour basis. The average moving company will send two movers with a truck. Each hour you can expect to pay around $70 to $120. If you are in need of extra hands, you will likely pay approximately an additional $50 per hour. Obviously if you need these men to help you pack as well you will be charged more. If you are interested in this service it is important that you seek an in-person estimate before committing so that you know how much packing your belongings will increase your moving costs.
Long Distance Moves
It is much more common for people to utilize the services of movers when they are moving long distances because it is inconvenient or even nearly impossible, to make more than one trip between your old home and your new home. Unsurprisingly, the moving costs associated with moving a long distance are higher than those of a local move. In these situations, movers will not be paid by the hour. Rather, the weight or volume of your total move will be used to determine final price.
Movers that charge by weight will use the distance that you are moving and the weight in pounds of the household goods that are being moved to determine charges. Straightforward service that includes loading your already-packed belongings, delivering them to your new home, and unloading them will cost an average of $0.50 per pound when moving up to 500 miles away from the starting point. Generally, costs will increase with further moves. Some moving companies issue separate charges, combining a per-pound charge with a per-mile charge to come up with an accurate charge.
Working with a moving company that charges by volume is less advisable. These movers will charge you depending on the square footage that is taken up by the household goods that you need moved. If you have ever traveled in a compact car with a mother who packs for three weeks when you are only going to be gone for four days, you know that amazing feats can be accomplished when trying to force large quantities of goods into small spaces. Conversely, it is not difficult for unscrupulous movers to put little effort into tightly packing your belongings so that they can augment your final costs.
Commercial moves are those that do not involve a personal residence, but rather, a business that is moving from one location to another. Most of the time movers will determine their rates similarly to when they are working with individuals, but may offer lower per-pound, or per-mover rates due to the much larger volume of most commercial moves.
If “How much do movers cost?” has been running through your mind each day as you stare at the growing piles of boxed belongings, it may be time to get some estimates, and let the professionals take some of your stress away.