Decided to hire movers for a local move? See how much you’ll have to pay
Moving within the neighborhood? Well, you shouldn’t underestimate the cost of short-distance moves, that’s for sure! Even though the cost is not as high, as for an interstate move, you’ll still have to face a set of challenges, starting with state rules and possible extra fees, ending with insurance details. Just to give you a hand in this process, we’ve compelled a list of fundamentals to keep in mind before you jump into a local move.
What is considered a local move?
As a rule, you can hear professionals calling local move the “intrastate move”. It’s simple: “intra” comes for “inside” or “within”. Just put the two together and you get “inside the state” or “within the state”, i.e. without crossing the state borders.
How much people usually pay for a local move
As a rule, expenses for moving your household reach about 2 to 2.5 thousand dollars. The AMSA has estimated a 50 dollars fee for a mover, and you usually require 4 movers, which gives us 200 US dollars per hour. Of course, it all depends on the total weight of your belongings. The smaller you house, the less movers you need – the lower the hourly fee gets.
How do they calculate the total amount for the move
Moving companies usually charge the local move by the hourly rate. Factors that influence such hourly rate are the actual number of movers required; the need to package your belongings or climb an excessive number of stairs; disassembling you furniture pieces; and some other possible extra fees (e.g. for the wrapping materials). The best way is to ask your moving team about all possible extra charges before the move begins.
Flat rate option
Companies, which offer local moving services, may offer you the flat rate option as an alternative to the hourly rate option. As a rule, the flat rate is based on their hourly rate, which they multiply by an estimated number of hours that your move shall take. Often, the price offer that you get with this option includes the value of the extra charges.
Note: most of the times, the hourly rate option has proven to be more cost-effective, compared to the flat rate option.
Note: never let a moving company offer you the hourly rate without seeing your house and belongings first. Otherwise, you may end up with higher hourly rate, than was claimed by the movers before the move. They should come and assess your stuff first.
Actually, there is never two intrastate moves that are completely identical. Usually, if you need to relocate farther than fifty miles (or even less), the total cost of your move will be calculated based on the weight o your belongings, and not the hourly rate. Please, keep in mind that in every state the rules for the weight-based move are different. You should ask your moving company about the rates and how they are affected by the actual distance of the move, and he should be able to answer your questions clear.
Fees you pay during the travel
Travel fees are something you should never forget about. If you plan to relocate from one city to a different one, the cost of your move will get higher when the travel fees add up. With the fee, you will be paying for the fuel that the moving company needs to get you from your old house to the new one, as well as for the work done by the moving team, including the time they need to get to your old house. Well, the time that movers spend on the road should be payable after all. If you plan a local move, spare some money for the travel fee, amounting to a one-hour fee of the movers.
Insuring your move
It is a natural thing to worry about the safety of your things, when a couple of strangers are about to handle them. What happens if the next time you see your belongings, you notice damages or breakage, or never have them arriving at all? Even if it is rare, your belongings can be harmed during the transportation. To avoid the losses, it is reasonable to check the insurance (its kind and amount) that the movers have.
Workers compensation insurance is something that your moving company should have, and it should be provided to you, if you ask for it. Besides, you can also buy your own insurance at a third-party insuring company.
Note: check the homeowners insurance company for any specific clauses, because they might include the moving insurance, as well. To help yourself claim the insurance coverage for any possible damages, take photos of your belongings before the move begins. Thus, you’ll have proof for any unfavorable event.
Valuation coverage and liability
Ask your moving company to explain to you or, even better, email to you their liability choice. They are different in every state, but you are likely to be offered more than one level of protection. As a rule, you will be offered the basic protection, amounting to 0.60 cents per pound liability for your belongings (Released Value Protection). It means that the moving company is liable for 0.60 cents per pound of your things.
Note: You will not have to pay anything extra, because it is included in the hourly rate fee.
Even though is seems to be an advantageous option, it usually won’t cover a significant amount. Let us explain. Imagine an article weighing 20 pounds is damaged during the transportation. 20×0.6$ = 12$ – this is the liability of the movers for the damage of this item, no matter how expensive it is.
You can be offered to buy a more substantial protection option, which is the Full Value Protection. This option will bind the movers with the liability to provide you with a replacement of the item or a full refund of its present value.
Different moving companies offer different coverage options. Keep in mind that it is vital to learn about all of your liability choices before you finalize an agreement with them.