What Factors Determine Moving Costs?

When it comes to moving, most companies do not charge exclusively by weight or volume. Unless freight shipments are involved, the cost of the move is determined by a combination of factors. Long-distance moves, which can be done in and out of state, are usually more expensive than local moves. The cost of a move is based on the weight and size of your household items, the distance traveled, and any additional services or fees that may be required.

Carriers who charge by weight will go to a weight station before arriving at your house and then return once the furniture has been loaded. This is the most accurate way to determine the cost of the move, but it can take time and you won't know the final price until after the truck has been weighed. On the other hand, some companies use volume to calculate moving costs. This method is not as accurate since it is based on the moving team's estimation of how much space your items will take up in the truck.

When moving locally, you will be charged hourly for loading and unloading at the warehouse, as well as for any time your items are in storage. If you are moving across state lines, your moving company must comply with regulations set by the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA). No matter what type of move you are making, it is important to choose your moving company wisely. Make sure to get some moving calculations and consider all factors before signing any documents on the day of the move.

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