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What is the Average Hourly Rate for a Moving Company?

Posted on April 30th, 2010 by

Moving to a New Place Hassle-Free

Moving is often considered as being one of the most stressful experiences we ever go through in our lives. There are lots of things that might cause us stress but once we get used to them, we are good to go. But this is precisely the problem; we don’t tend to move frequently, so there might not be time to get used to this process. The whole cycle of packing up our belongings, leaving our home and moving to a new and sometimes unknown place is bad enough. Add to that the fact that we have to trust our belongings to complete strangers.

You need to make sure you choose the right moving company, but how do we do this? Like everything else in life, moving is all about being smart and knowing what you’re doing. Getting it wrong can cost you time, money and give you more stress that you certainly don’t need. Besides worrying about hauling your possessions, you need to worry about how much it will cost. The most important thing is to establish a budget you can work with. When moving to a new place, you want the best experience possible. Hiring the best movers in town will provide you with more than that.

Make Sure Your Stuff and Your Wallet are Taken Care Of

Moving companies offer a wide range of services. It is not just getting your stuff and transporting it. The services might include packing up everything, providing packing materials, unpacking your stuff in your new abode and even setting you up with storage units. Some companies will even clean your new home, but all these additional services will obviously cost you more money.

Organization will be your best friend during this process. Make a list of what you need and what you want. Do this before you start calling to get your moving quotes. This will help you get the best quotes according to your needs. There are different ways of paying for your moving relocation. Some will charge you on an hourly rate, by estimated volume based on the number of rooms, by estimating what types of furniture and goods you need to move and others by the estimated weight of your load. Once you have 2 or 3 quotes, don’t just look at price but look at what they’ll offer you for the cost. An hourly rate might end up being more expensive if it takes a lot of time to pack, load, and unpack it. It will depend on the amount of things you posses. Rates vary starting between $50-$100 for 2 men and a truck; expect to pay about 30% more per extra man. Try to book your service provider with 4 to 8 weeks in advance. This way you will make sure you have the best moving service and moving costs available.

Keep in mind that the average hours per residential move are:

  • 1 bedroom suite: 3-4 hours
  • 2 bedroom 4-6 hours
  • 3 bedroom 5-7 hours
  • 2 bedroom house 4-8 hours
  • 3 bedroom house 6-12 hours

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