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Should I choose an hourly moving rate or flat rate?

Believe it or not, this question has no right or wrong answer.  For some the hourly moving rate is a good fit, while others the flat rate.  Today we will look at both and help you decide on what works best for you.

Most moving companies quote moves based on an hourly moving rate.  This rate varies from city to city and state to state.  The rate also fluctuates depending on the the day of the week and month time frame.  In some instances the hourly moving rate is also accompanied by a moving minimum.  The minimum usually affects smaller moves. By and large the hourly moving rate is the most common and keeps you alert to the movers progress.

The flat rate I will be discussing is not the typical flat rate some movers quote via phone or email.  The flat rate I'm discussing is the "not to exceed" quote.  What generally happens here is a home estimator comes out to your home and conduct a survey of your property.  The estimator then determines based on the number of items a weight value and assesses a cost.  This cost is then used as the price point that the move will not exceed.  Basically, the flat rate moving quote in writing is a guarantee from your movers that your move will not go over the said amount.  As a rule of thumb, smaller local moves are generally quoted via phone and charged an hourly moving rate.  Whereas, larger moves require an in-home estimate. Discuss the size of your move with your moving company.  See what they recommend.  Some companies say they use a flat rate and then require you to list your items, without the possibility of adding more later.  Using an hourly rate frees you to move whatever is needed in that time frame, and a flat moving rate or not to exceed rate allows you to budget knowing what your move will cost.  Which moving rate works best for you?  Think about it and choose wisely.



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