Do I Need a Moving Company: A Cost Comparison
Moving from one house to another is a big job. It entails so many different things, including packing up your possessions and loading them into a moving truck or van, then unpacking everything at the new place. This can take days or even weeks depending on how much stuff you have. There are many factors that go into determining what type of moving company to use for your move – cost being one of the most important considerations. The best way to deal with this is to ask for moving sorted quotes.
First, let’s get into the cost of hiring a moving company. Many people are surprised to find out that professional movers can charge thousands of dollars for their services, especially if you need help with packing and unpacking too! Movers know your belongings are valuable so they will usually base their fee on the weight/volume in cubic feet (cubic yards in some cases)
Don’t forget to get an estimate from your mover before signing anything! Make sure everything is transparent between you two so there are no surprises when they present their final bill at the end of your move.
Another major factor to consider is the distance of your move. If you’re moving across town, it will be most cost effective to rent a truck and load/unload everything yourself (we’ll talk more about this later). However, if you need help with packing or unpacking services as well as transporting possessions over long distances – then hiring professional movers may save you time and money in the end.
Finally, if you’re moving during peak season or near a holiday, there is often an additional fee. Peak seasons for the mover industry include summer and winter holidays such as Memorial Day, Independence Day (Labor Day), Martin Luther King Jr. day in January, Thanksgiving week and December – with Christmas being the busiest of all!