Hiring a moving provider is the smartest investment you can make when relocating to a new home. It can save you from weeks of physical labor. Who wants to risk their back lifting a couch and carrying through all those stairs, right? A crew of professional movers can get it done quickly because that’s their bread-and-butter and passion in life!

But, hiring a relocation firm isn’t cheap. It’s good to have a budget allocated to pay for packing and transportation services on the moving day. Once you have an estimate, you will be able to save more efficiently. In this article, we will explain how to calculate moving costs. 

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  1. How much does it weigh? The weight of the goods matters in moving. Heavier things will be more expensive to shift. This is why we recommend decluttering room-by-room and getting rid of (donate, sell or discard) things that don’t serve any purpose in your life. Just this step alone can reduce the expense by hundreds of dollars. 
  2. What are the standard rates? A Texas-based family whose household belongings weigh 10,000 lbs will pay a different rate from a family living on the East Coast. Where you live significantly influences what you pay. Compare estimates from three providers within your location. But, don’t just hire based on price. Consider variables like reviews, skills, plus availability. Hiring a bad company just because they’re cheap will cost you more in replacing broken or lost items and dealing with awful customer service.
  3. How far are you moving? Long-distance moves will cost more than local moves. Gas and labor prices will add up, and moving trucks tend to charge hourly rates. The more the miles, the more there is to drive, and hence, the higher the cost.
  4. When are you moving? Booking a date during the peak season will be expensive. During times where demand is high, providers will charge higher, just like hotels and airfare. If you are working with a smaller budget, we recommend relocating during the off-season. Most people move during the summer months, weekends, and the beginning or end of the month — expect to pay higher during those times. Fall, winter, mid-month, and mid-week see less demand, so the prices are lower.
  5. Use an online moving calculator: There are many online estimators available where you input certain information, like date and household size, and it calculates the cost automatically. Stark Movers has an online calculator to get you started.

If you were wondering how do moving companies calculate costs, we hope this guide helped. If you need packing, loading, transportation, or storage help, consider giving us a call. We will be happy to discuss your needs and give you a free, no-obligation moving estimate.

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