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Moving Charges Explained

February 8th, 2013 - 3:07 PM

How to Determine Your Charges for Moving

When you’re budgeting for your move, there are plenty of factors at play that determine your moving charges. Though U-Pack quotes are very straight-forward, it’s a great idea to look into precisely what the moving charges include and how they're determined. We’ll dig a little deeper into that today so you’ll know exactly what to expect.

Your Moving Charges Explained

In order to explain your charges for moving, start by getting a moving quote – then we can talk about what all goes into the price. You can get a moving quote instantly online just by entering some basic information about your move.  

It’s probably a good time to mention that your U-Pack price includes the driver, fuel, and standard liability coverage (and sales tax doesn’t apply).

Now, once you get your quote you’ll notice that it includes the available service options (Trailer and/or ReloCube) and the price for Door-to-Door and Terminal-to-Terminal moving. Your quote will also show the amount of trailer space and/or number of ReloCubes we recommend base on the size of your move. Of course, you can change that at any time. Do you see the “Adjustment Price Per ft.” on your quote? Just add or subtract that amount if you need more or less space in the trailer. You only pay for the space you use (down to a 5 ft. minimum). It’s super easy.

Let’s say your quote shows a price for two and three ReloCubes. If you go ahead and reserve three, but end up using two, you just pay the price for two. That makes moving so much more convenient.  

Does that all make sense? If not, leave a comment and let me know.

Let’s talk a little about how your moving charges are determined:

There are three main factors that play into your moving charges:

  1. Where you’re moving
  2. How much you’re moving
  3. When you’re moving

How Where You Move Impacts Your Moving Charges

It’s no surprise that moving down the street costs less than moving across the country. More miles mean more transportation costs. Though there isn’t much you can do to shorten the distance, you can save money by moving terminal-to-terminal rather than door-to-door. Going this route, you can load and/or unload your belongings at the local ABF service center. While this may not be an ideal solution for large moves, it’s a great money-saving option for customers with small moves.

How The Size Of Your Move Impacts Your Moving Charges
Moving a one-bedroom apartment costs less than moving a four-bedroom home. More stuff equals more space in the moving trailer, so that means you pay more to move more. U-Pack’s rates are based on the linear feet you use in a moving trailer, so you can control your moving charges by throwing out unwanted items and loading the trailer efficiently in order to use less space. Your moving quote will show you how much space you will likely use for your move.

How When You Move Impacts Your Moving Charges
Moving is like traveling. There are peak times that come with higher costs. If you have ever bought airline tickets before, you know that you can fly cheaper on a Tuesday than you can on a Saturday, because Saturday is a peak day. Moving also has peak times. Weekends, holidays, and the beginning/end of the month are the busiest, so they come with higher prices. You can control your moving charges by choosing to move on an off-peak day. When you click to get a free moving quote, U-Pack will automatically give you the cheapest date available in your time frame.

How “Extras” Impact Your Moving Charges

Don’t forget to budget for moving supplies! Take a look at the U-Pack Box Store to plan for your packing supplies. Remember, every order comes with FREE shipping!

If you have more questions about how your moving charges are calculated or if you would like a free moving quote, call us at 800-413-4799 or leave a comment below. We look forward to helping!