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Tips for Hiring Movers

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Getting the prices and rates right when moving is crucial to a financially bearable relocation. Moving expenses vary depending on whether your move is local or out of state, what kinds of furniture you’re moving and the speed at which you want it done. Each move has specific details that are important to consider when relocating. They influence the quality and cost of your move.

What is the Cost of Moving?

Before getting down to establishing the expenses you need to consider if you are going to do a self-move or if you will hire a professional moving company for a full move. If you decide for a do-it-yourself move, you will most likely hire two men and a truck. The going rates on average are about $90 to $120 per hour. Hiring the moving labor itself would be about $80 – $90/ hour. Of course, every relocation job is unique, so you have to do the math and decide what is suitable for you. To prevent injury and all the extra work that comes with packing and dismantling furniture, you can hire a professional moving company.

In all cases, making an inventory sheet will make things easier: knowing exactly what you have for moving will help the moving company representative who will come to your home for an in-home visual estimate.

Moving Locally

When using a local moving company, you should take into consideration the way the cost is formed. Usually, local moving companies charge by the hour. Prices are based on the company hourly rate, your current location, packing materials (if you have requested any) and travel fee that is sometimes negotiable depending on the movers. The rates to hire professional movers in the case of a local move are certainly lower that moving across country.

Moving Long Distance

When relocating, your move is charged per pound. In order to establish the exact cost of moving, you need to get a solid quote from your movers by doing a visual estimate or walkthrough of the house. For example, you may be able to get a discount if your move is combined with someone else’s so that the company can use one truck for two moves, but in this case you should be ready to be flexible with the moving dates.

Pro Tip: Check out Realty Austin’s comprehensive relocation guide for incoming Austinites and get details on employers, neighborhoods, schools, and attractions.

Whether you are moving locally or long distance, the relocation process is a challenge best handled with good preparation. By getting quotes and comparing prices, you’ll get the best info on how different moving companies work.

This post was provided by Pamela Smith, a relocation professional and regular contributor to

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