For more than 45 years, Capital City Transfer’s Madison residential movers have helped thousands of people make their moves—whether in-town or across the country.

Calculating Moving Cost

It’s not surprising that questions about pricing are among the most asked, so we’ve put together an explanation of how relocations are priced.

How Local Moves are Priced

If you’re moving in-town, the cost of your move is based on the amount of time it will take to complete the relocation. The moving company’s hourly rate is multiplied by the number of crew members needed to get the price. Typically, moving companies also charge a fuel surcharge based on the distance of the move.

How Long-Distance Moves are Priced

A different formula is used to determine the cost of a long-distance relocation. Rather than being based on time, long-distance movers’ prices are based on the weight of the shipment. An experienced estimator will take an inventory of all items to be moved, and a mathematical formula will be used to estimate the total weight. That weight and the moving company’s tariff rate are used to figure out the long-distance move cost.

Why In-Home Estimates are Needed

If a moving company offers to give an estimate over the phone, look instead for a company that provides in-home estimates.

Here’s why:

The moving estimator needs to see the items being moved so he can provide an accurate estimate that is fair to both the company and the customer. Without seeing the home, the estimator can’t accurately account for circumstances, such as narrow hallways or elevators, that may add to the manpower needed for the job.

Pricing for Additional Services

Your local or long-distance moving estimate will also include charges for extra services you need, such as storage, custom crating, piano moving, or vehicle shipping. Another extra charge will be incurred if you want the movers to dispose of packing material at the end of the move.

Binding vs. Non-Binding Estimates

Knowing the difference between binding and non-binding estimates is important. A binding estimate means that the moving company cannot add additional costs based on unexpected issues. With a non-binding estimate, additional fees can be added, up to a legal limit. Be sure to get your estimate in writing.

Call Capital City Transfer today for more information, or fill out our online form now to schedule a free, in-home consultation.