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How to Calculate Actual Moving Costs

04 Oct How to Calculate Actual Moving Costs

When moving your business or home to the other side of the country, there are numerous fees and costs that you need to keep in mind. Here is a brief list of what to factor into your moving costs and how to accurately calculate the rate you’ll pay.

The Weight of Your Items

The heavier your items are the more you will end up paying. Movers have to consider the weight of your furniture, boxes, and any other items you’ll be moving when they provide you with an estimate. This is largely due to the laws that govern interstate shipments.

The Distance of Your Move

How far you move will automatically bump your costs. Even though interstate movers offer their services sometimes across the nation, don’t assume they offer cheaper rates. The fact is, the farther your move is the more you will pay. So, do your best to calculate the distance traveled by your movers prior to estimating any costs involved.

Additional Services Required

At its cheapest, long distance moving sticks to the standard weight and distance ratio but those rates do not reflect additional services that you may require. You will also need to consider additional fees associated with hiring movers to completely pack, load and unload your belongings. These are specialized services not offered in the base rate of interstate movers.

What Will It Cost?

In general, interstate moving costs an average of $1,170 per move. That number is based on information provided by the American Moving and Storage Association. The quality of service and work you receive is ultimately determined by the individuals you choose to hire, so don’t be scared off by higher price points.

Quality work is always worth the additional payment that may be involved. If you expect your items on time and in good condition, do your research and don’t be afraid to pay extra.

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