Understanding Storage Restrictions

Fees And Charges Included In A Residential Moving Services Estimate

When planning a move, it's essential to consider the cost of hiring a residential moving services company. Moving companies offer a range of services, and their fees and charges can vary. If you're comparing quotes for moves, make sure you understand the fees and charges included in a residential moving services estimate.

Basic Charges

The basic charges for a residential move typically include the cost of the moving crew, equipment, and transportation. 

The cost of the moving crew is usually calculated based on the number of hours required to complete the move. Moving companies charge by the hour, and the rate can vary depending on the location and the time of year. The cost of equipment, such as moving blankets, boxes, and dollies, is typically included in the basic charges.

Transportation charges include the cost of the moving truck and fuel and the distance of the move. A longer move will inevitably have higher transportation charges than a shorter one. The crew may or may not be paid during transport, depending on the distance of the move.

Packing Charges

Most residential moving services offer packing as an add-on option. It'll increase the cost of a move, and a few related charges might be noted on your estimate:

  • Packing Services: If you require professional packing services, the cost will be based on the amount of packing required and the materials used.

  • Packing Materials: If you choose to pack your own belongings, the moving company may charge for packing materials, such as boxes, tape, and bubble wrap.

  • Storage: If you need to store your belongings for a period of time, the moving company may charge for storage services.

Since these are broken out separately, you can evaluate whether they're worth paying for.

Additional Charges

In addition to the basic charges, moving companies may include additional charges based on specific services required. These might be

  • Special Items: If you have large, heavy, or fragile items that require special handling, the moving company may charge an additional fee for these items.

  • Long Carry: If the distance between the moving truck and your residence is longer than usual, the moving company may charge a long carry fee.

  • Stairs: If you have stairs in your home, the moving company may charge an additional fee for the additional labor required to move items up and down the stairs.

  • Elevator: If you're moving to or from an apartment or condominium with an elevator, the moving company may charge a fee for using the elevator.

If you need the moving truck to make additional stops along the way, such as dropping off items at a storage unit, the moving company may charge an additional fee for each stop.

To learn more about moving estimates, contact a local moving company, such as Elite Movers Inc.