Local moving charges are based upon hourly
rates. The rate begins when the crew arrives at your first
location and covers the total time of the move: the loading,
driving to new location, and the unloading. Additional stops
in between locations are included in the total moving time
- there are no extra charges for multiple stops.
He will then add in the cost of boxes, tape
and other packing materials, extra insurance/valuation and
known incidental costs, such 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.
In order to keep the cost as close as
the estimate, the estimator assumes, in every situation,
- 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 additional charges.
- 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 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.
- You will not need additional supplies
to be provided by the mover.
- You will have packed everything yourself
that you had anticipated.
- 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
- The unknown contents of your filled
- The "priceless" junk in the
basement you found under the tarp- the stuff
that your wife was hoping would be left behind "by
- Traffic from your old home to your
new will not be worse than usual.