Factors that Affect Your Moving Estimate

If you’re moving, you most likely have a lot of considerations—and quite a few costs. The last thing you need are surprises when it comes to your estimated moving costs. That’s why you need to hire an experienced and trustworthy mover who will assist you to uncoverways to reduce your moving expenses, and who will supply you an detailed estimate of what those expenses will be.

How to Find a Great Company for Your Move in Dallas

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For starters, you need to know not all moving companies are created equal. Some are capable, knowledgeable and trustworthy—others are not. According to 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 locate the best company to assist you move by simply doing a little research. You can, for starters, certify their credentials (including their carrier number from the Department of Transportation) and search online ratings and complaints.

You should also review their website—the best movers are often recipients of prestigious awards—like the Pinnacle Mover Designation Award and the North American Quality Award—and will often post these awards on their site.

How to Interpret the Factors of Your Moving Costs in Dallas

Many factors affect the cost of your move. For starters, what you pay will be based partially on components like the total weight of your possessions and the distance to your new home. There are several other factors, however, which will affect the cost of your moving estimate, including the following 6:

  1. Packing and crating costs: Keep in mind, you’re paying your moving company for their time. Definitely, they will require more time if you ask them to pack your belongings. You can save money by packing some or all your belongings yourself. You can cut costs further by taking apart large pieces of furniture rather than having the mover do it for you. In addition, you’ll pay more for certain kinds of packing and handling. For instance, if fragile items like artwork or a grandfather clock need crating, your cost will be higher.
  2. Poor access to your pick-up or drop-off location in Dallas: If your current or future place of residence is in a location which forbids access for a large truck (for instance, because of a narrow road or a weak bridge), your movers must find secondary mode to get belongings out of your old home or into your new one. For instance, they probably will need to use smaller vehicles to gain access. In this case, you will 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 they need to carry your belongings up or down. You might also have to pay a long-carry fee if the distance from the moving truck to the entrance of your residence is greater than 50 feet.
  4. Narrow doors or hallways: If some of your items 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 common reasons for increased costs. If you have to put into storage some or all your things at the carrier’s warehouse because your new residence is not ready to be occupied, you’ll need to pay an additional storage fee.
  6. Time of year: Summer is the most busy moving time of the year, which means that moving in the summer will cost more. You can save money if it’s possible to plan your move from September to May. You’ll 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 honesty, authenticity and candor by mistake—they earn it by helping their clients, giving them guidance and working hard to earn their trust. The most crucial thing you can do to obtain a safe move and lower your costs is to find 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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