Moving can be costly, especially if you are going far or have a lot of things to move. Packing yourself can reduce these costs. However, you will need professional help when moving. A moving company should provide you with a price estimate before you hire them. Below are some factors they consider when determining their costs.
If you move within 150 kilometers of your current jurisdiction, you are moving locally. However, some companies define local relocation as moving within the same city or a neighboring area. Mostly, local movers charge per hour, and a few have standard rates.
Local moves range between $80 and $120 per hour. If you move at the beginning or end of the month, the rates may be higher. An hourly rate covers all services, including packing. Also, the company may charge you travel fees (negotiable) from their office to yours. Other costs to be aware of are:
- The packing materials fee
- Additional mover fee
- One-time truck fee
- Climbing stairs
- Specialty item care
- Harmonized Sales Tax (HST) (within Ontario)
- Goods and Services Tax (GST) (Outside Ontario)
The total costs of moving will depend on how much property you move, which will increase according to the time they spend moving you and the number of movers you will need.
A long-distance move exceeds 150 km. The cost depends on the weight of your items and the distance that they will cover. Moving long distances is more expensive than moving locally because of the different regulations in the new area. To move your property, the company needs the appropriate permits and licenses. They also spend more time on the road and ensure that your items are safe.
Costs for items weighing 500 pounds or less range from $500 to $700. Each additional 500 pounds will cost you $400 to $500. In addition, there is a scale fee and unpacking fee. For extra fees that you may have to pay, check the additional costs section below.
The movers charge hourly rates between $75 to $149.
Apart from the distance that the movers cover during the move, there are other charges that you may have to pay. These charges vary from one company to another. Below are all the extra fees that you may pay.
Packing supplies increase the cost of packing and moving your items considerably. It is much cheaper to let the movers pack, as they will give you some free packing supplies. Also, if the mover uses unique packing supplies like bubble wrap, mattress cover, TV boxes, and so on, they will charge an extra fee
If you opt to let the movers unpack for you, they’ll charge a bit extra money for this.
Standard and Full-service Moving
You may have to pay more if you choose a full-service company. The company will be responsible for all move processes, from packing to delivering them in your new house. You only need to pay for the services and tell them when they should pack and move you.
You do the packing yourself for standard moving, but the company will do the loading and offloading for you.
If you are down-scaling or moving to a temporary place, you can pay the moving company to store your property temporarily. The charge depends on the time they will be keeping your belongings
The amount for tips varies depending on the move size and your preference.
Long Carry Fees
If a company carries your items for a distance beyond 100 feet, they charge you extra for it. Prices vary according to how much you’re moving.
You may have to pay a stairs fee if you have many winding staircases. The amount will also depend on the move size.
There are extra fees for transporting delicate items, such as a pool table, grandfather clock, or baby grand piano.
These items need special handling procedures to ensure they get to your destination with no damages. You may opt to have specialty movers move them for you.
Companies may charge elevator fees if they have to make many trips or if the ride is long.
Moving during the peak season will attract higher charges than on regular days. Off-peak seasons are in the winter.
If you want them to deliver your items faster or before a specific date, you’ll have to pay some extra charges.
If you stop at several places before the last destination, you’ll pay extra fees for it.
You pay for shuttle service if they use a smaller car to transport your belongings to the delivery truck. Usually, you encounter this when the way to your house is narrow, so a big truck cannot pass through.
It is important to note that many factors determine the final cost of moving. Companies charge different fees, so you’ll need to do some research to find the most affordable one for you. Make sure the company is legal to avoid unnecessary complications.