If it’s not bad enough that moving is as much fun as going to the dentist, now days people that are relocating have to deal with all the stories about moving scams and disreputable companies that turn a moving experience into a nightmare.
Browsing the web can actually make your head spin with contradicting stories about the same company pictured in one place as the best movers since wheels were invented and in another one as the worse relocation service one that ever existed.
So what can you do in order to try and maintain some sort of sanity? The first stage is to educate yourself about how long distance moving prices and they way in which the moving industry works. This will help you to avoid price increases and companies that provide unrealistic offers.
How Long Distance Moving Works
There are two common pricing methods for long distance moving, one has to do with weight and the other one has to do with space. Both methods have to do with the basic way in which moving companies manage distance relocation, which is to combine several shipments on a consolidation trailer.
While for some larger moves a full semi trailer can be dedicated, the vast majority of long distance moving is done via consolidation.
In order to determine how much of the consolidation shipment is yours, movers need a basic charge unit to help them with their calculations.
Understanding the Basic Charge Unit
The logic is quite simple, if you understand the basic charge unit you can keep track of how much the mover is charging you and understand if modifications and changes are justified or not.
In weight based moves, the mover must provide you with a proof of weight. Charges should always be for actual weight, based on a fixed, pre-agreed upon rate per pound.
Space based moves are charged by cubic feet. Check if the movers mark their trailers and trucks with lines that show cubic footage amounts.
Last, but definitely not least, you need to make sure that all surcharges are explained to you before you actually sign a moving contract. Possible charges include extra costs for packing labor and packing materials, long carry, and shuttle fees. If you need a certificate of insurance, check if the mover can provide it and if producing it entails additional costs.
As a general rule, don’t hesitate to ask questions, demand to see things in writing and sign only moving contracts that are easy to follow and self explanatory.
Tom Regev is a professional writer, representing the Hawaii Shipping service.