So moving day is scheduled, and you've spent some time gathering various moving quotes online from a few different companies. But the numbers you're seeing are varying wildly. What makes one moving quote so much higher or lower than another?
The weight of your belongings can make a big difference in your moving quotes. Assuming you've calculated the weight with a fair degree of accuracy, the ways moving companies deal with weight (or with cubic feet, depending on the company) can vary a great deal. Full-service moving company prices may or may not involve fuel costs, which are easily influenced by weight.
Similarly, the distance between your old home and your new one can have a drastic impact on your moving quotes. Local moving companies may be more inclined to charge a flat rate, but only provide a limited radius. And some long-distance quotes may include per-mileage charges. Renting a truck presents its own difficulties, especially the farther you travel, since a one-way rental will usually be more expensive than a two-way, but the two-way will involve an extra trip once you drop the truck off.
But perhaps the greatest variations in moving quotes and moving estimates come from how much effort you're willing to put into your own move. Full-service companies may quote you their full-service package, but if you're willing to pack and load your own boxes, those rates may go down significantly. Rental trucks are the extreme end of the "effort vs. cost" spectrum, with the lowest prices and the most effort involved.
Knowing your options can help you zero in on the right service for your next move. Take the time to consider all the factors -- weight, distance, and how much effort you're willing to put in -- and be sure to read the fine print of any moving estimate. And may your next move be as economical and stress-free as possible.