There is a lot to consider when moving all of your belongings to another location. It can be a stressful, time-consuming process, and it’s helpful to have professional movers guide you through the process to relive some of the burden and do most of the heavy lifting for you. Of course, moving costs money—it costs even more money if you plan on hiring a professional moving company to do it for you. Depending on several factors, your move may become more or less expensive than you originally imagined. It can be especially helpful to know how moving companies typically charge their clients before jumping into a decision. Here are some things to consider so that you can be prepared for the most common moving costs associated with hiring a moving company:
Amount and Weight of Items
Typically moving companies charge more for clients moving from homes with larger square footage, but that may not translate into more items necessarily. For instance, an individual moving from a smaller, 3-bedroom home may have more items than a person moving from a 5-bedroom home. Especially for long-distances moves, moving companies charge by weight of the total items being moved. This is why it can be especially helpful to move as many items yourself as possible that do not necessarily need to be transported professionally. Clothing, books, or other bulky items that take up space and weight, but could be moved easily by a non-professional, can save you money in overall cost by reducing the overall weight of the items being moved.
Local or Long-Distance?
If you’re moving local or long-distance, you’ll have different sets of priorities to consider. However, it is important to note that the cost of moving is largely dependent upon the distance your items need to travel. Long-distance moves can become costly, depending upon the moving companies methods of charging these types of clients. Usually long-distance moves factor in significant fuel costs and transportation fees. Local moves are generally less expensive, and some moving companies even give discounts to locals who are moving to another local location. Check with the prospective moving companies you’re thinking of hiring on their different distance moving policies—you might be able to save more money with a local discount!
Insurance and Special Consideration Add-Ons
Simple moves where the individual does all the packing is pretty standard, and generally cheaper than having the moving company do all the packing for you. However, if you need assistance packing your belongings, this will likely cost you a significant amount more money. Some moving companies offer package deals for individuals who need assistance packing. Furthermore, you should always consider adding on insurance—especially if you have priceless belongings that need to be insured individually. Of course this costs more money, but it will be worth it in the end. Moving heavy items like pianos, or deconstructing furniture to fit through doorways or windows will take more time, more bodies, and more preparation; therefore, more money.
Moving Day and Date
It may come as a surprise, but the day and date you choose to move on can greatly impact your moving costs. Moving on a busy weekend near the holidays will cost significantly more money than it will to schedule your moving date on a weekday before or after rush hour traffic. Furthermore, many movers schedule moves on weekends for their own convenience, but it may end up saving you time and money in the end to think outside the box and schedule your moving date when moving rates are less impacted.
Our Philosophy on Affordable Moving
At Watford Moving & Storage, serving Santa Clarita, and other Los Angeles County areas, we pride ourselves on our ability to provide affordable moving for every individual situation. We know that moving costs can greatly affect the affordability of moving, so we make it our mission to work with our clients to find the cheapest route possible. The professionals here at Watford Moving & Storage have endless experience moving locally as well as long distances, interstate or just down the block. Allow us to use our expertise to make the moving process go smoothly for you, relieving some of the stress that inevitably will come up. For more information about our services, credentials, and pricing, contact us directly. We look forward to earning your trust and your business.