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If you’ve just purchased a new home, you may be feeling like your wallet is depleted. Budgeting for a big move can be very tough, and there are several factors to consider that may have been overlooked at first. Everyone knows that the cost of moving is expensive, but how exactly are those costs determined? What can you do to estimate your moving costs, and plan your budget accordingly? These tips can shed light on the cost calculating process and give you a better insight on what you can expect to be spending during your move.
How far are you moving from your original home? The distance can greatly determine how moving costs are determined. Professional moving companies typically charge in different ways depending on if your move is a long or short distance.
If you are moving your furniture, office supplies, and other items locally, then the movers will estimate your costs based on the time they spent moving rather than the distance or weight. Think of it as paying them an hourly wage. A short or local distance will require a minimum amount of time – usually between one and two hours – and the price raises from there.
If you are in need of a long distance move, which can be anything over 700 kilometers such as a cross-country or intra-provincial move, the cost will be calculated a bit differently. Most professional movers will charge by weight rather than time, as it can often take days or weeks for a long distance move. You will be given a written estimate with a final cost calculation prior to your move, so you can easily determine if it fits into your budget.
If you’re looking to trim a little of the extra fat off of your moving costs, there are several handy tips you can keep in mind in order to put some money back into your wallet and save yourself from going broke. The extra savings can help a great amount, especially if you have an unexpected event or accident that you did not account for. Here are some great money saving tips for the big move:
Keep in mind that every moving company calculates costs slightly differently. Don’t be afraid to shop around for as many quotes as you need until you find a mover who can offer the right price for the right amount of service.
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