A local move, in most cases, is a move done from city to city within
a state or in a 50-mile radius from your current location. All local
moves are regulated by your state's Department of Transportation (DOT).
The industry standard is to charge by the hour. The rate depends on
the number of movers and the number of trucks that are required for
the job. Your estimator will make the proper determination. If packing
is needed, that too is charged by the hour. Materials are charged
based on actual usage. Your standard moving insurance is included
in the price. Additional insurance can be secured on the day of the
move (call for more info). Usually local moves are completed within
1-3 days depending on the circumstances.
One of the most important things that you should do before you move
is to have complete knowledge of your new neighborhood, apartment
complex, and the route to your destination. With local moves,
time is everything. You can save hours off of the moving
time if you can recommend a quicker route to your destination than
the one your mover was expecting to take.
- Always have a person accompany the movers during the packing
and loading processes. This will keep their attention squarely
on the job at hand. It will also help keep you informed, just
in case your furniture needs to be disassembled, and you've been
standing in your new home wondering why the movers are two hours
- Check your new area for the availability of suitable parking
for the truck - one that will allow the movers to comfortably
load and unload your items. Double-parking means the truck has
to round the corner every so often and you'll be incurred additional
- Know all of the restrictions. Most big buildings, especially
in city areas, allow moves only between 9am to 5pm. Remind your
movers to provide the necessary certificates of insurance. These
documents protect the building against damage. Building superintendents
will not allow entrance without them.
- The availability of suitable elevator units for apartment moves
is a very important, especially ones large enough to hold your
biggest pieces of furniture. This will definitely save you time
and money. But it will also save the movers the time and effort
of carrying heavy furniture up the stairs and also from disassembling
Estimating moves is an inexact science. Many variables factor into
how long a move will take. A professional estimator uses his experience
from doing similar moves in order to figure out how many hours the
move will require. His estimate includes the amount of time that will
pass from the moment the truck first leaves the mover's garage until
it returns after the job is finished. He will then add in the cost
of boxes, tape and other packing materials, extra insurance/valuation
and known incidental costs, such as road and bridge tolls.
In order to keep the cost as close as the estimate, the estimator
assumes, in every situation, the following:
1. You will not need additional supplies to be provided by the mover.
2. You will have packed everything yourself that you had anticipated.
3. The scope of the work does not change markedly on the day of the
move. In other words, you didn't forget to tell the estimator about
important (and heavy) stuff, such as:
The lawnmower your neighbor borrowed from you.
The unknown contents of your filled storage space.
The "priceless" junk in the basement you found under the tarp- the
stuff that your wife was
be left behind "by accident."
4. Traffic from your old home to your new will not be worse than usual.
A tentative final bill of local moves is estimated using a
|(Number of movers + truck) x number of
hours = final price
|Type of Dwelling
||Approx. Total Hours
||2 - 4
|1 Bedroom Apt
||3 - 5
|2 Bedroom Apt
||4 - 6
|2 Bedroom House
||5 - 7
|3 Bedroom House
||6 - 9
||8 - 12+
Hourly rates based on:
2 men with truck: $90 per hour.
3 men with truck: $110 per hour.
4 men with truck: $130 per hour.
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