Factors that Affect Your Moving Estimate

If you’re moving, you most likely have a lot of concerns—and quite a few costs. The last thing you should have to worry about are surprises when it comes to your moving estimate. That’s why you need to hire an experienced and reputable mover who will help you to discoverways to pare down your moving expenses, and who will provide you an correct estimate of what those expenses will be.

How to Find the Best Company for Your Move in Wichita Falls

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For starters, you need to know not all moving companies are created equal. Some are experienced, knowledgeable and ethical—others are not. According to Consumer Reports, for example:

“Some moving companies quote lowball prices and then, once the move is underway, hold their customers' property hostage until they pay much more. Others demand substantial deposits and then don't show up, says Katherine Hutt, a spokeswoman for the Better Business Bureau.”

The good news is that you can find a reputable company to help you move by simply doing a little groundwork. You can, for instance, verify their credentials (including their carrier number from the Department of Transportation) and read online reviews and complaints.

You should also check out their website—the best movers are often recipients of esteemed awards—like the Pinnacle Mover Designation Award and the North American Quality Award—and will often post these awards on their website.

How to Understand the Factors of Your Moving Costs in Wichita Falls

Many determinants go into the cost of your move. For starters, what you pay will be based in part on considerations such as the total weight of your household goods and the mileage to your new residence. There are several other aspects, however, which will affect the amount of your moving estimate, including the following 6:

  1. Packing and crating costs: Remember, you’re paying the moving company for their time. Definitely, they shall need more time if you ask them to pack your possessions. You can save money by packing some or all of your possessions yourself. You can decrease costs further by disassembling large pieces of furniture rather than having the mover do it for you. In addition, you’ll plunk down more for specific kinds of packing and handling. For instance, if items like artwork or a grandfather clock need crating, your cost will be higher.
  2. Poor accessibility to your pick-up or drop-off location in Wichita Falls: If your current or future place of residence is in an area which impedes access for a tractor trailer truck (for example, because of a narrow road or a weak bridge), your movers must find another method to get belongings out of your old home or to your new one. In this case, they may need to use smaller trucks to gain access. In this event, you’ll need to pay the mover a shuttle fee.
  3. Stairs or long walking distances: The cost of your move will also be higher if there are very long stairs (or multiple stairs) which they need to carry your belongings up or down. You could also have to pay a long-carry fee if the distance from the moving truck to the entrance of your residence is more than 50 feet.
  4. Narrow doors or hallways: If some of your things don’t fit through the door or down narrow hallways, a rigger might be required to hoist them through a window. In this case, you could be assessed a hoisting fee.
  5. Storage fees: This is one of the most prevalent reasons for increased costs. If you must store some or most of your belongings at the carrier’s warehouse because your new residence is not ready to be occupied, you’ll need to pay an additional storage fee.
  6. Time of year: Summer is the busiest moving time of the year, which means that moving in the summer will be more expensive. You can save money if it’s possible to time your move from September to May. You will also pay more if you move on a national holiday or on the first or last day of the month (this is because rental agreements typically expire at these times, which means more people move then).

Conclusion

Moving companies don’t get a reputation for integrity, accuracy and trustworthiness by accident—they earn it by helping their clients, giving them guidance and working everyday to earn that trust. The most critical thing you can do to have a safe move and lower your costs is to find the kind of moving company which cares about you and your family and will work day in and day out to ensure your complete satisfaction.

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