A tentative final bill of local moves is estimated using
a simple formula:
(Number of movers + truck) x number of hours = final price
Estimating moves is an inexact science. Many variables factor
into how long a move will take. A professional
moving estimator uses his experience from doing
moves in order to figure out how many hours the move will
require. His estimate includes the amount of time that will
pass from the moment the truck first leaves the mover's garage
until it returns after the job is finished. He will then add
in the cost of boxes, Packing Tape and other packing materials,
extra insurance/valuation and known incidental
as road and bridge tolls.
One of the most important things that you should do before
you move is to have complete knowledge of your new neighborhood,
apartment complex, and the route to your destination. With
local moves, time is everything. You can save hours off of
the moving time if you can recommend a quicker route to your
destination than the one your mover was expecting to take.
- Always have a person accompany the movers during the packing
and loading processes. This will keep their attention squarely
on the job at hand. It will also help keep you informed,
just in case your furniture needs to be disassembled, and
you've been standing in your new home wondering why the
movers are two hours late.
- Check your new area for the availability of suitable parking
for the truck - one that will allow the movers to comfortably
load and unload your items. Double-parking means the truck
has to round the corner every so often and you'll be incurred
- Know all of the restrictions. Most big buildings, especially
in city areas, allow moves only between 9am to 5pm. Remind
your movers to provide the necessary certificates of insurance.
These documents protect the building against damage. Building
superintendents will not allow entrance without them.
- The availability of suitable elevator units for apartment
moves is a very important, especially ones large enough
to hold your biggest pieces of furniture. This will definitely
save you time and money. But it will also save the movers
the time and effort of carrying heavy furniture up the stairs
and also from disassembling your furniture.
In order to keep the cost of your move as close as the
estimate, the estimator assumes, in every situation, the
- You will not need additional supplies to be provided by
- You will have packed everything yourself that you had
- The scope of the work does not change markedly on the
day of the move. In other words, you didn't forget to tell
the estimator about important (and heavy) stuff, such as:
- The lawnmower your neighbor borrowed from you.
- The unknown contents of your filled storage space.
- The "priceless" junk in the basement you found under the
tarp- the stuff that your wife was hoping would be left
behind "by accident."
- Traffic from your old home to your new will not be worse
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