Factors that Affect Your Moving Estimate

If you’re relocating, you probably have a lot of unease—and quite a few costs. The last thing you want are surprises when it comes to your estimated moving costs. That’s why you need the assistance of an experienced and creditable moving company who will help you to uncoverways to pare down your moving expenses, and who will give you an detailed estimate of what those expenses will be.

How to Find a Great Company for Your Move in San Antonio

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First, you need to know not every moving company is created equal. Some are capable, professional and honest—others are not. Per 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 professional company to assist you move by simply doing some groundwork. You can, for starters, check their credentials (including their carrier number from the Department of Transportation) and search online reviews and complaints.

You should also visit their website—the best movers are often recipients of recognized 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 San Antonio

Many elements go into the cost of your move. For starters, what you pay will be based in part on things such as the total weight of your possessions and the mileage to your new home. There are several other items, however, which will affect the cost of your moving estimate, including the following 6:

  1. Packing and crating costs: Remember, you’re paying your moving company for their time. Certainly, they will need more time if you ask them to pack your belongings. You can save money by packing some or all your things yourself. You can cut expenses some more by taking apart large pieces of furniture rather than having the mover do it for you. Finally, you’ll plunk down more for certain kinds of packing and handling. For instance, if high value things like artwork or a grandfather clock require crating, your cost will be more.
  2. Poor accessibility to your pick-up or drop-off location in San Antonio: If your current or future place of residence is in a location which forbids access for a big truck (for example, because of a narrow road or a weak bridge), your movers must find another mode to get belongings from your old home or to your new one. In this case, they probably will 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 the movers need to move 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 needed to hoist them through a window. In this case, you could be assessed a hoisting fee.
  5. Storage fees: This is one of the more prevalent reasons for increased costs. If you need to store some or most of your belongings at the carrier’s warehouse because your new home is not ready for you, 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 plan 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 virtue by chance—they earn it by helping their clients, giving them guidance and working everyday to obtain that trust. The most important thing you can do to ensure a safe move and lower your costs is to do business with the kind of moving company which cares about you and your family and will work hard to ensure your complete satisfaction.

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