Secret Costs of Moving

The costs of moving will be influenced by several particular circumstances. Find a mover who has a transparent pricing structure and clear guidelines for how they will handle any unforeseen circumstances on your moving day. To prevent any unforeseen costs of moving on the day of your move, it is also necessary for you, the customer, to be completely honest with your mover and provide as much information as you can about your relocation and any special needs you may have.

Moving is stressful enough without having to worry about being hit with additional fees as you’re standing on the sidewalk next to an empty truck at the end of the day.

Sadly, there are still some business owners in the sector who dishonestly underquote to get your deposit or purposely omit fees they intend to charge later.

Here at Dream Moving, we are eager to help you figure out what those costs of moving can be.

Timings Matter

Determine the type of move you require and the type of mover you have. Due to demand, bad weather, or holiday delays, rates may increase by up to 20% depending on the day of the week and the season you choose. If you have some flexibility in your schedule, ask your mover about discounts for moving on a day of the week when demand is lower and during the slowest time of the month.

Last-minute or urgent – You wouldn’t believe how frequently these actions take place. We are therefore accessible 365 days a year, around the clock. While your mover will work hard to make sure they have a crew and a vehicle that is the right size for your last-minute relocation, these resources can cost more than usual to be made accessible quickly.

Beginning and end of each month – The last day of the month is when most leases expire, so it seems sensible that these days have the most demand for movers. A quick strategy to prevent a higher booking rate is to schedule a relocation for a time that is not during the peak of the week.


Due to miles, gas, tolls, and any other distance concerns, the distances between your pick-up and drop-off locations will logically affect the costs of moving. When estimating your move, the majority of moving firms take the distance into account.

Most local moves are simple and involve nothing more complicated than managing parking and traffic. Nevertheless, long-distance moves may involve independent contractors with whom your mover has a contract.
These can affect your relocation expenses, therefore it’s critical to understand the Terms and Conditions that will apply to the agreement.

Moving long distances or across the country – You’d be shocked at how often people move back and forth between LA and NYC. These transfers can involve expatriates returning to their home countries or professionals accepting international assignments. In any event, you might work with multiple vendors, so asks who will handle each step of the move, and is clear about any different pricing that might apply to each.

Interstate movements are frequent residential transfers that, if you can be flexible with time, may allow you to save expenditures. A few movers will combine two interstate moves into one to lower your quote. Be careful to evaluate their pricing strategy, which we detail below, and inquire about your possibilities.

Pricing Strategies

Due to the consistency and peace of mind, this offers, customers are increasingly selecting movers who offer flat rates. However, not all movers charge in the same way. Understanding the three methods is helpful.

  • The hourly wage is susceptible to changes due to travel time and unforeseen delays
  • Based on weight, which is not known until the truck is packed
  • Volume depends on the cubic square feet of furniture being moved


The duration of your demand for movers and their vehicles is difficult to forecast, thus there is uncertainty built into the pricing methodology. Hidden costs like transportation, parking conflicts, or hold-ups at storage check-in can have an impact on this rate.

Travel fees plus hourly rate equal an estimate 


For lengthy distances, a weight-based calculation is frequently used. If there are any transportation costs, your movers will give you an upfront quote that includes them; however, once the truck is loaded, they will increase their fee appropriately. If the cost exceeds your budget but you are unable to make other arrangements since you are locked in and it is moving day, this might come as a great shock.

Estimate equals mileage plus transportation costs (such as tolls) and weight on the day.

Flat rate

Choose movers who charge a flat fee, or a rate based on the volume of your furniture (measured in cubic feet), with all charges included in the quote. Do this if you’re trying to stay within a budget and want to know your costs of moving upfront.

The Severe Cost of Underquoting

Once you begin calling around for estimates from movers, you might discover that vendors’ underquoting can be alluring, even if you have doubts about their credibility.

The largest potential downside of your move can turn out to be the loss you suffer as a result of hiring an uninsured mover with a high claim rate who delays responding to your claim for weeks on end and causes you anguish as well as material loss.

Additionally, find out if your mover includes any of the fees listed below. Asking the incorrect questions could be more expensive in several ways, including:

  • Injuries to your possessions that can’t be fixed or replaced
  • Having to pay multiple parking fines
  • Fuel costs
  • If movers cannot park in front of your building, long carry fees may apply.
  • Additional moving insurance above and beyond the bare minimum
  • Fees for truck cleaning
  • They have the discretion to impose fines for using elevators to reach the top of high-rise buildings or staircases in walk-up structures.
  • Furniture disassembly and reassembly fees
  • Long-distance movements with unquoted storage costs in the event of delayed delivery or unquoted expenses for additional stops
  • Failure to deliver your products. Although it is uncommon, accreditation is always verified.

Tipping Expenses

When the day is finally done, your movers will ask you to sign any necessary documentation. And also for a tip in exchange for their assistance.

The majority of movers do not include a tip in their price. The basic rule of thumb is to base your gratuity on a percentage of the entire cost of your move; the industry standard is 15%–20%.

Do not feel compelled to tip more than you believe is appropriate. But, remember that movers always value appreciation for their hard work. Here are some things to consider:

  • A difficult transition
  • Service excellence
  • The size of your move
  • Number of movers that will be moving you that day

In Conclusion

Moving can be a bit stressful, but let our professionals at Dream Moving make this an easy day for you.

Don’t wait and contact us, be ready to move very fast.

Let us make your
DREAM move!