March 1, 2014

Moving Cost Calculators a Good Place to Start

Couple browsing on a laptop computer 

A recent survey showed that more than 90% of movers in the United States found that the Internet helped them to decrease their moving-related stress. A hugely popular tool is the online moving cost calculator, which takes a few variables (such as size of house, estimated weight of belongings, and distance to be traveled) and produces a rough guess as to the final cost of the move.

The difficulty, however, lies in how variable those variables really are. Few people can accurately eyeball the total weight of a houseful of possessions. Here are some things to consider:

  • The quote you get from a moving cost calculator might differ wildly from the quote you get from a full-service moving company. However, they may be willing to reduce the overall cost if you are willing to pack, load and unpack your own belongings.

  • Moving cost calculators for self-service movers (rental trucks) are perhaps the most unreliable of the estimates, since there are so many variables that are completely dependent on the mover. You're responsible for your own fuel costs (which are difficult to predict), tolls, incidental road costs (meals and such), and any hotel rooms you might along the way.

  • Container-based moving companies like 1-800-PACK-RAT tend to offer flat rates for long-distance moving. That rate reflects the fuel cost, the drivers' fees, and any tolls along the way. 1-800-PACK-RAT provides you with your costs upfront – so there are never any surprises. Many customers appreciate having the guesswork taken out of their moving experience.

Whichever method you decide to use, always remember this: A number from an online moving cost calculator is not a guarantee. And for many methods of moving, you may not know your total cost until your move is complete.  1-800-PACK-RAT allows you to get a quote and lock in that price with your booked reservation. That’s just one reason why 1-800-PACK-RAT is the simplest way to store or move your stuff.