Factors that Affect Your Moving Estimate

If you’re relocating, you no doubt have a lot of considerations—and many expenses. The last thing you should have to worry about are surprises when it comes to your moving estimate. That’s why you need the assistance of an experienced and reputable mover who will help you to discoverways to lower your moving expenses, and who will provide you an detailed estimate of what those expenses will be.

How to Find a Great Company for Your Move in Denver

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For starters, you need to know not every moving company is identical. Some are capable, reliable and trustworthy—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 discover a reputable company to help you move by simply doing some homework. You can, for example, check their credentials (including their carrier number from the Department of Transportation) and read online ratings and complaints.

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

How to Interpret the Factors of Your Moving Costs in Denver

Many determinants affect the cost of your move. For instance, what you pay will be based in part on components like the total weight of your household goods and the distance to your new home. There are several other factors, however, which will affect the amount of your moving estimate, including the following 6:

  1. Packing and crating costs: Keep in mind, you’re paying the moving company for their time. Obviously, they’ll need more time if you ask them to pack your things. You can save money by packing some or all your possessions yourself. You can slash costs more by disassembling large pieces of furniture rather than having the mover do it for you. Also, you’ll be billed 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 higher.
  2. Poor access to your pick-up or drop-off location in Denver: If your current or future residence is in a location which impedes access for a large truck (for instance, because of a narrow road or a weak bridge), your movers must find an alternate mode to get belongings out of your old home or to your new one. For instance, they probably will need to use smaller trucks to gain access. In this event, you will need to pay the mover a shuttle fee.
  3. Stairs or long walking distances: The total 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 may also have to pay a long-carry fee if the span 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 may be required to hoist them through a window. In this case, you could be assessed a hoisting fee.
  5. Storage fees: This is one of the most common reasons for increased costs. If you need to put into storage some or all of your things at the carrier’s warehouse because your new residence is not ready for you, you’ll have 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 professionalism, reliability and trustworthiness by mistake—they earn it by helping their clients, giving them guidance and working everyday to earn their trust. The most critical thing you can do to ensure 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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