How Much Do Movers Cost?
Moving is a stressful and expensive endeavour. Period.
It's something that we'll all go through at some point, but every move seems to have its own unique set of difficulties.
Hiring a moving company is one way to help you with some of the heavy lifting and reduce some of your moving stress, but the question is, how much do movers cost?
Get quotes and calculate what your move will actually cost
The average cost of moving can really vary between different moving services.
You will need to gather a number of moving company estimates to get a good idea of your costs, but before you begin your search, decide how much do-it-yourself moving and packing work you can tackle, and what work should be taken over by moving professionals.
Why? Based on an average load of 7,000 pounds, renting a BigSteelBox for your move across Canada can save you between 20 - 40% when compared to long distance moving companies who base their prices on weight. In fact, a 20’ BigSteelBox has a weight capacity of 10,000 pounds, all for the same price!
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The amount of hired help you need and can afford depends on many factors. The specifics of your move are very important and you need to know all the details before you can get accurate moving quotes.
This guide will help show you how to cut some of your moving costs, get a better picture of what help you need, provide tips on how to make your move easier and how to avoid any additional or hidden moving costs.
How much stuff are you planning on moving?
Have you ever really looked at how much stuff you are planning on moving? In order to get a proper moving estimate you need to have a clear idea of the total inventory of your home.
How much you're moving and what kind of belongings are coming with you directly influence the size of truck or container you'll need, the number of movers you'll need to hire, and how much your moving costs will be if you're being charged based on weight.
The less you have, the cheaper your move will be. Here are some quick and easy moving and storage tips to help reduce the clutter.
Start a moving to do list. Print it. Use it.
Make an inventory.
Go through every room and sort EVERYTHING! Let "keep, donate, sell, trash" be your mantra.
Organize a garage sale.
Don’t forget about the attic, garage, or storage lockers.
Take note of the weight of heavy items or furniture (this will come in handy later, especially if you’re planning a long distance move).
When is your moving date?
Are you working with strict deadlines or are you flexible? Do your move out and move in dates line up? Will you need storage in between homes?
You should know what your timeline is before talking to long distance moving companies. The time of your move and how rigid your dates are can influence the cost.
A do-it-yourself move may seem like the cheapest and most hassle-free way to move, but if you only have a short window to organize, pack, and relocate, it may be too much to tackle without help.
Depending on the details of your move, long distance movers could help reduce some of your workload and save you time. Some things to consider:
Closing date of your home, fixed or flexible?
Closing date of your new home, fixed or flexible?
Do you need storage between homes?
Are you renovating before or after the move?
Can you go month-to-month after your lease ends?
Will your new apartment start a lease mid-month?
How much moving and packing help do you need?
Now that you know how much stuff you'll be moving and when all the packing needs to be done, you can decide on how much help you'll need.
You may feel comfortable packing up a one-bedroom apartment on your own, but packing a 3-bedroom family home may take more planning and expertise.
An important factor adding to your cost of moving is how much you are willing to do yourself.
A full service moving company can take care of packing, loading the truck, hauling to the new house, and then unpacking. But this can be very expensive and may be unnecessary if you can do some of the work yourself.
If you're moving locally, you may just need help loading the truck, moving, and unloading at your new home.
For a long distance move you may be able to pack a truck or shipping container yourself and just have a long haul moving company bring your items across the country.
Some questions to consider:
Are you comfortable with the amount you have to pack?
Are you moving alone? Do you have friends or family who can help?
Are you moving heavy or valuable furniture/artwork/items?
Does your old/new location have stairs or other obstacles?
Do you need special equipment?
Do you need to do everything all in one day?
How far are you moving?
Another cost people forget to consider when planning a move is the cost of fuel used during the relocation. Depending on how far you're moving, this can be a reasonable added cost, but if you're moving long distance, it can certainly add to your estimate.
Most long distance moving companies charge based on the weight of all your belongings (now you see why that inventory is so important). Every company will have their own definition of a long distance move and have a different policy on how they charge for fuel and weigh your items.
Local moving companies usually charge by the hour, which will vary depending on the size of the truck and the number of men on the crew. Make sure to ask about extra costs for things like mattress bags and moving supplies. You may also be asked to pay for break times, lunch and the time it takes to return the truck at the end of the day.
When gathering estimates, make sure to check these policies and get answers so you are not surprised when the final bill arrives on moving day.
Where are you moving?
Relocating into or within a large city will generally be more expensive than moving within the suburbs or a smaller town. If you live in the city, it can be difficult to park a moving truck. You have less space to maneuver your items, and movers may not be allowed to park directly in front of your building or home due to city bylaws.
Moving companies will normally add on an additional moving costs or hourly rates for help moving in or out of the city. Take this into consideration when planning your moving budget.
When are you moving?
The summer months are peak moving season. Not only is it more difficult to find available trucks, but moving rates are higher during the peak months of June, July, and August. It may also be more expensive if you’re moving at the end of the month.
If this is when you plan to move, consider a higher than average rate in your budget, but if you are flexible, try to plan your move outside of the most expensive time of year.
In contrast, BigSteelBox charges a flat rate, year round. Get your free moving quote for us today.
Tips for hiring movers
Ask around. Get as many recommendations as possible. Ask your family, friends, co-workers, people at the gym, friends at the dog park—everyone! Find people who have completed a similar move and ask them about additional costs and the quality of their move overall.
Visit the office. There is no better way to get an idea of what kind of moving company you may work with than by visiting their offices and seeing how they operate. Look at the condition of their trucks, how knowledgeable the staff are, and get as much literature as you can on their policies and rates.
Play around with online cost calculators. Many moving companies have a cost calculator on their website to help estimate your move. Play around with your moving dates, times, and weights to see how they can affect your moving cost. You may find a simple change can save you some money.
Check for hidden fees. Ask about any specific additional costs the company can charge you for, or things you may encounter with your move that could be considered an additional service with an extra charge. Many movers charge if they need to use stairs, lift heavier items or if they cannot park close enough to your home.
Get everything in writing. Sign your moving contract before moving day to lock in your estimate and ensure you have a copy. Get it in writing so they cannot charge you over your original estimate.
Have a backup plan. You never know what can happen on moving day. Especially if you are moving during the summer months, have a backup plan in case your truck is no longer available or there is some unforeseen problem.
The BigSteelBox Advantage
If you are planning for long distance moving costs and want as much flexibility and control as possible, think about renting a BigSteelBox portable moving container.
Savings – A BigSteelBox can cost 20 - 40% less than hiring a traditional long distance moving company who charges based on weight.
Convenience/Less Stressful – Pack at your own pace and on your own schedule. A BigSteelBox can be scheduled and delivered to your door and stay for as long as you need it.
Mobile Storage – Do you need your belongings to be stored while you are in between homes? Your BigSteelBox can be stored at one of our many locations across Canada, and be waiting to be delivered to your new home once you arrive.
Safety – You hold the ONLY key. Once your BigSteelBox is packed and locked, it will not be opened until you unlock it at your new home. You can be certain your items are safe and secure in your BigSteelBox.
If you think BigSteelBox might have the perfect mobile storage solution to help with your local or long distance move you can easily request a quote online or give us a quick call at 1-800-373-1187. We are happy to help you!
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