Most moving companies do not charge exclusively by weight or volume, unless there are freight shipments involved in the move. In this case, both weight and volume come into play when determining the cost of the move. Long-distance moves, which can be done in and out of state, are usually more expensive and are charged based on the weight or volume of your inventory. Generally, moving companies charge for both weight and distance.
Therefore, the amount they charge per pound will vary depending on whether the move is local or long-distance. To get an accurate estimate of your moving costs, you should calculate the weight and size of your household items. There are two types of moving companies: those that determine the cost based on the weight of your shipment (more accurate) and those that use the volume of your household items to determine the cost (less accurate). Carriers who charge by weight go to a weight station before arriving at your house and then return once the furniture has been loaded.
This means that they can only give you an estimate and present you with the final bill after the truck has been weighed. When moving to a warehouse, moving companies will charge based on the weight of the goods and the length of time they are stored. Be sure to check how much moving companies charge by the pound and mile before committing to any deal. The final cost of moving your home will depend on a wide range of factors including, but not limited to, the size of your home, the distance of your move, the total number of belongings you will be moving, the time of year you are moving, and the services you will need.
For long-distance moves (more than 100 miles or from one state to another), moving companies will charge based on the weight of your goods, the distance traveled and any additional charges that may occur. A professional moving company may ask for a deposit in advance. When moving locally, most moving companies charge an hourly rate and estimate the cost based on the number of carriers and trucks needed for how long. There may be a charge for packaging materials and an extended transportation fee if your door is some distance from where you can park the truck.
For local or intra-state moves, contact your state's attorney general's office for specific liability and insurance information. When choosing a moving company, consider all factors involved in order to make an informed decision. Different companies have different quotation processes, so check what is available from those you are interested in. Ultimately, it is important to remember that how much a company charges per pound or mile will depend on whether it is a local or long-distance move.