Average Cost of Movers

  1. General Overview of Moving Industry Pricing 
  2. State-to-State or Cross-Country Moves
  3. Costs to Factor into Your Move
  4. Full-Service Moving Companies - Pay Attention to Deposits
  5. Hire a Reputable & Fully Licensed Company
  6. Tackling an Office Move Properly
  7. Importance of Getting Accurate Estimates
  8. How to Lower the Average Moving Cost
  9. Stay Within Budget While Still Using a Reputable Moving Company
  10. Choose Wisely
  11. Schedule Wisely
  12. Don't Overpack
  13. Can't Part With It? That's Ok, That's What Storage is For

1. General Overview of Moving Industry Pricing

Movers paying hourly wages to professionals will benefit greatly from an organization. This will result in fewer hours worked and fewer dollars spent. Full service moving services and relocation moving are usually the most expensive. In general, professional movers cost about $45 per hour, and professional packing services may cost about $325-$55 per hour. The overall average cost for 2 professional movers is about $95 and 3 movers per hour is about $135.

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2. State-to-State or Cross-Country Moves

For state-to-state and cross-country moving, consider hiring a professional relocation consultant. Experts recommend professional consultants. Useful to both residential and office movers, they can help them to save money, avoid scams, and improve efficiency. Professional movers and nationwide moving services are often hired to transport loads to cross-country locations. These loads contain large furniture items, musical instruments, and/or vehicles. Prices for these services vary widely depending on the company. This makes it necessary to obtain individual estimates.3. 

3. Costs to Factor into Your Move

Charges for fueling a truck or vehicle traveling cross-country might cost a minimum of $1,000 alone. A basic moving cargo van will cost a minimum of $35 -$90 per day, and summer and weekends prices are said to cost 20% higher. A basic moving cargo van will cost a minimum of $30 -$95 per day, and summer and weekends prices are said to cost 20% higher. A flat fee move is normally based upon the weight of the items being shipped and the amount of space required for the load. The average cost would be about $.74 per pound, plus additional fees related to the individual movers, and for example a $100 fee for each flight of stairs.

If there aren’t any large furniture items it might be more cost effective to arrange for these larger items to be sold or donated and then replaced in the new location.

Another option is to have professional movers professionally pack all of the items from the home or office into door-to-door moving pods. These companies offer discounted shipping prices. Prices for pods and storage containers that are shipped door-to door will depend on the size of the container.

4. Full-Service Moving Companies - Pay Attention to Deposits

Many full service moving companies will ask for a deposit, which is fine. It's normally around 20% or less that they will ask for.  Experts warn that companies who are not properly licensed will ask for a deposit before releasing goods. Sometimes this is called a hostage scam. Hostage scams occur when unlicensed companies see an opportunity to get more money from their clients. These companies will hold onto movers’ belongings after securing, for example, ¼ of the estimated move in advance. and then not return their belongings until they receive an amount that is a great deal more than what was originally agreed.

Average cost of movers

5. Hire a Reputable & Fully Licensed Company

Disreputable companies might also accept a deposit and then never show up or perform the move. These companies often start off by offering very cheap and reasonable rates. Moving Authority advises that you pay for what you get, cheap rates do not exist for good moves. You're not buying a cheap t-shirt at the market, you are buying a service. If you need to go to court, you hire the best lawyer. If you're going to a doctor, you're going to search around for the best doctor. It's exactly the same way with movers. You get what you pay for. One benefit of using Moving Authority is that everybody must have a local state license or a United States DOT license to receive a lead from this site.

6. Tackling an Office Move Properly

Packing up an office can be quite a different affair. It involves different types of assets. Office equipment, expensive furniture, and other technological appliances and systems. They will need to hire special movers to load, unload, and to professionally install computer systems. Many offices may also require special administrative labor in advance of a move. They have to properly prepare its inventory, clients, and business transactions. Invite employees to assist the move in any way they can and keep them informed. Insurance for offices and households is always recommended and usually costs about $.49 per pound. Obtain estimates in writing and don’t forget about tipping a mover, which is about 7%-20% of the cost of the move.

7. Importance of Getting Accurate Estimates

It should be noted that it's better to get a cost estimate using the Moving Authority cost calculator than attempting to guess the price of movers. There are estimates that a company may give you over the phone, but it is much simpler and more transparent to use the inventory tool. Just enter every piece you are moving and then see what typical moving costs for it are. Generally, the rule of thumb is to receive at least three estimates or quotes from different moving companies. This can seem like a hassle, but if you are meticulous about your exact inventory, you should receive accurate estimates. If you do not inform the company of everything you plan on moving, the price you were quoted may be higher than you were originally told. 

8. How to Lower the Average Moving Cost

Many people do not like to involve themselves with all the technicalities of moving. The items that we have discussed above are all things that are just accepted. More often than not, costs will vary based on a wide array of factors. You can get free online reviews in order to compare average moving costs across companies
three tips to lower moving costs

9. Stay Within Budget While Still Using a Reputable Moving Company

If you choose to go with a moving company as your moving provider, there are a few ways you can go about saving on some costs here and there. If you have ever moved, you know how expensive it can be, even to move by renting a truck. However, the best way to save money is not just by choosing the low-cost moving companies. You can still use a reputable moving company and save in other ways to compensate and still remain within your budget. Keep reading for some money saving tips to help you manage your budget while hiring a trustworthy moving company 

10. Choose Wisely

Make sure to select a reputable moving company. Checking online reviews and asking around is the best way to ensure that you are putting your goods in the right hands. As mentioned, create a budget for your move and a timeline to go along with it. Then, see if the movers that you find fit your budget. Keep in mind that the cheapest mover is not always the one you should choose. Usually, cheap movers are running a scam. This is why it is important to check genuine online reviews. This does not mean every low-cost company is bad, it simply means that you should do some extra research into their company background such as how long they've been operating, if they have a DOT number, checking their license, reading reviews and testimonials, as well as calling to ask questions. After all this, you will typically get a feel for the company. If you decide to choose such a company, double check all paperwork (terms and conditions) and ensure there is a bill of lading.

11. Schedule Wisely

Many people overlook this when moving. It is a common fact in the moving industry that moves cost more during summer months. So, it makes more financial sense to move during what is known as the "off season" of moving. This falls under the months of October-April. Of course, flexibility is not always an option for the average mover. You should try to find deals anyhow. A little can go a long way when it comes to saving money on your move. During the off season, sometimes moving companies will off coupons or a percentage off of something. The summer months are the hardest time to move and book a set date. Unless you have booked months ahead, you will most likely be given a window delivery time, meaning your belongings will be delivered during a window of days, rather than on one specific day, which is largely preferred. 

12. Don't Overpack

A good rule to follow when packing is to not pack anything that will not be used in the next 4 weeks. While this does not have to be as strictly followed when it comes to local moves, long distance moves are all about weight. Packing and shipping unnecessary items will cause the cost of your move to skyrocket. Take a day prior to the move to do an inventory of all of your possessions. Then, get rid of what you don't need.
You don't have to throw it away, but don't keep it. You will love having the extra space- and a lower moving bill.

13. Can't Part With It? That's Ok, That's What Storage is For

Storage is always an option as well. For example, if you are downsizing from a house to an apartment you will most likely have larger items such as furniture that you don't need or won't fit. If you don't want to get rid, donate, or trash it, a great way to keep it safe for some time in the future is by putting it in storage or long term storage. Just like getting rid of things when packing, getting rid of anything large or bulky like heavy furniture will save you a ton on a move where weight is a major cost factor. 

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