Factors That Affect The Total Cost Of A Residential Move
Moving house is a fact of life for many households and no matter how unpalatable starting life anew in a fresh place may seem, you have to take a leap of faith to see what life has in store for you.
Having an accurate estimate of the cost of your residential move can help you budget for the move. That said, your residential moving costs can vary depending on many factors.
Here are the main variables that will influence your residential moving cost estimate.
The Size of the Move
The more items you need to bring into your new home, the larger your moving load volume will be, and this will increase the moving cost.
If you wish to save money on the cost of your move, consider downsizing before the moving date. You can downsize your home by selling, donating, or throwing away items you no longer use.
If you have seasonal items or unused items that you wish to hold onto, consider putting them in a self-storage unit until you're ready to use them again.
The Move Distance
The move or relocation distance — the distance between your current residence and the new one — will also impact your moving cost.
The longer the distance involved, the more expensive your move will be.
The Type of Move
Residential moves are generally categorized as local, interstate, and international, depending on the pickup and drop locations.
If you're moving long-distance, you're likely to incur additional moving charges and fees that may not apply to local moves. As a result, expect to pay more for a long-distance move than a local one.
Access to Your Current and New Homes
Poor access to your current and new residence can increase the complexity of your move.
For example, the mover may be forced to park their truck in the street if they can't access your home via a driveway. As a result, they'll do more work loading your items onto the truck. Likewise, they may have to use the elevators to get the items inside the home if your new home is located in a tall apartment building.
The extra work will increase the time and effort used to complete your move, thus increasing the cost.
The Time of the Year
Although residential movers enjoy steady business throughout the year, they have their peak and off-peak seasons.
Moving rates are generally higher for the peak season than the off-peak season. If cost is your primary concern, you can save money by moving during the off-peak season.
Moving companies consider these and other factors when quoting their residential clients. Contact them today to request a free cost estimate for your residential move.