If you're planning on moving in the near future, you may be wondering about hiring a moving company to handle the heavy lifting and driving for you. If you are debating whether or not to hire professional movers, you need to check out these five frequently asked questions.
How Much Do Local Movers Cost?
Local movers usually don't drive farther than about 100 miles. They also tend to only work within the state, so even if your move is only 50 miles, but you're moving to a new state, local movers may not be able to help. Local movers usually charge by the hour, and on average, you can expect to pay about $25 per hour. Depending on the size of your apartment, condo, or home, the move could take anywhere between 2 and 12 hours. If you are moving during the summer or on weekends, the price may increase, and if there are tall stairs, difficult paths to the door, etc. the movers may charge you additional fees.
How Much Do Long-Distance Movers Cost?
When you move more than 100 miles or to a new state, you likely need long-distance movers. Because the distance varies from person to person, it's harder to estimate how much an average long-distance move costs. As with local moves, however, many factors can affect the price. For example, if you live in a studio apartment, you likely have much less furniture than someone living in a three-bedroom home, which lowers the amount of work and price. Heavy items may also increase the price because they put more strain on the trucks and cause more gas consumption. On average, relocating someone who lives in a 1,500-square foot home can expect to pay about $9,000 to $11,600 for a cross-country move.
Do Movers Pack the Items for You?
Both local and long-distance moving companies offer many services. In some cases, you may simply want to rent a large moving van to move your small apartment, but you may want a full-service move. A full-service move doesn't just include loading, transport, and unloading. With full-service, the movers will also pack your items and unpack them in your new home. This, of course, increases the price of the move. It's more affordable for you to pack your own items, but for people who are too busy or unable to move themselves, full-service is a great feature.
Are There Items They Won't Move?
Movers can't move everything. Usually, items that are considered hazardous, toxic, or flammable cannot be professionally moved. These include gasoline, fertilizer, bleach, nail polish remover, etc. It's usually illegal for professional moves to haul these items for you because it increases the risk. In other cases, the moving company may have personal rules regarding what they won't move, such as perishable foods, pets, etc. Find out what your movers can't or won't move so you don't accidentally pack them with the rest of your belongings. This may result in the movers repacking for you, increasing the price of the move.
How Should You Prepare for Movers?
Prepare for the movers by simply making the process easy for them. Label all boxes correctly and clearly. If there are items you don't want the movers to take because they can't or won't or you want to keep them secure, mark those boxes accordingly too. Ensure the boxes are easy to find and there is a clear path from your boxes/furniture to the truck. Rugs, small pets, children's toys, etc. can cause movers to trip.
If you are moving, you don't have to do everything yourself. While you can save money by packing your own items, professional movers will do it all. For more information about local or long-distance moves and how professional movers can help you, contact a company in your area today.