Sunday, April 15, 2012

How moving companies charge

Most local movers will likely give you the alternative of moving at an hourly rate or an itemized quote. Which option is better? Let’s break down the dissimilarities and advantages between these two options.
Hourly rates:
If you are paying the mover by the hour, usually they start the clock when the moving crew arrives or when they leave their office and ends when they complete the move. Most moving companies require minimum number of hours and at most cases it’s 2 hours. Even if your move takes only an hour, you still will be charged for 2 hours. After the minimum hours has been met the additional time is prorated in 15 minute increments.
One of the advantages of selecting an hourly rate is that you don’t need to prepare an inventory list for your possessions. This is valuable for people who are relocating out of a storage unit. No one wants to pull everything out of their storage unit to take an inventory, put it all back in, and then have the movers pull it all out again on moving day.
On the other side, stairs/elevator and distance from one home to another are something you should to acknowledge with the hourly price. If you are moving from a third floor apartment and don’t have a close parking for a moving truck then all those stairs and the distance are going to make a big difference in a time. If you live in a busy part of the city, make sure your movers will not get stocked in traffic, because they are on clock.
Itemized quote:
An itemized quote is where you need to make an inventory of everything you want the moving company to transport, you should let them know if there are any stairs on the way and also let them know the distance from your home to their moving truck. This is a good option for people who want a fixed price. It doesn’t matter how long the process takes, you only being charged for what the movers are moving. If you live in a small apartment, this option may work out to be less than the hourly minimum. This type of move might be good for people who are relocating across city.
Most moving companies will not estimate how long your move might take, because unexpected things happen on moving day. The final conclusion will be yours to select between the two different moves.

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