After you have planned to shift your house and decided to move through the professionals, are you feeling anxious thinking about the hefty amount that you have to spend for the move? There’s no need to be fidgety about fitting the moving cost within your pocket-size. I will help you in understanding the 10 most crucial factors that affect the charges during house shifting. Read along the below-mentioned pointers:
1. Distance of the move
The distance of the move is a primary determining factor for the charges involved in house shifting. Shifting can be done on a local basis, where you will be moving within the same state or same district. Again, you can shift on an intercity basis, where you will be shifting from a certain state to a different state in the same country. The distance between your initial and final destination decides the charges of your shifting.
However, the distance of the move is a constant factor, as you can’t change the place you want to shift to if you want to reduce your moving costs.
2. Size of the move
The size of the move is the total size of the belongings that you want to carry from your current house to your new house. The bigger the size of the move, more is its weight and the more the cost of the shifting.
If you want to reduce the house shifting charges, you can reduce the size of the move. For doing so, you should cut down the size of your belongings before the moving day. You should de-clutter your belongings and pick out the essentials from the inessentials. If you move only with the essentials, the size of your move will reduce to a great extent, and you can move spending less.
3. Time of the move
The time of the move largely affects the packers and movers cost estimate. If you move during the peak season, which is the summer season, the moving cost will be more due to the rise in demand amongst the customers. Again, if you move on any weekend, on national holidays, or at the starting and ending of any month, the cost of moving will increase. Therefore, if you have the option of choosing the moving day by yourself, choose a weekday in the middle of the month and avoid the peak season as a whole.
4. Packing supplies
The average cost of packing supplies through a standard packers and movers company in India is around about 3-10 thousand depending on the number of rooms you have. 3K is the cost of packing a 1BHK apartment, whereas 10K is the cost of packing a 3BHK apartment in general.
If you want to reduce the cost of packing supplies, you will have to collect the original boxes of the appliances and use them to pack the respective items. Again, you can also get free packing boxes from the local grocery store, supermarket, or pharmacy.
The Labour charge is directly proportional to the size of the move. If the size of your move is more, you will need more manpower to pack, load, and unload them. Since the number of workers required will be more, the cost of the move will increase in this case. If you want to reduce the labour cost, you should reduce the size of the move by discarding the inessentials amongst your belongings.
If you avail of moving insurance, the shifting charges will increase. Don’t avail of insurance if you want to cut down on the cost of moving. However, it is not advisable to cut down the cost by not availing of insurance for your house shifting. In case there is an accident on the move and your goods get damaged or lost, you can claim the damages through your moving company. But in the absence of moving insurance, you will not be able to claim the settlements. The cost of the damages incurred may be much more than the cost of availing of moving insurance. Always be insured as you move.
7. Moving vehicle
The size of your move determines the size of the moving vehicle needed to transport your goods. So, if your move comprises minimal essentials, you will need a smaller truck and a lesser price to move them. There are options of shared vehicles and dedicated vehicles for the customers. If you opt for a shared vehicle, the moving cost will decrease. For a dedicated vehicle, the moving cost will be more. Yet, dedicated vehicle ensures safer and faster delivery of your goods than shared vehicles.
8. Taxes involved
There are certain taxes involved when you are transporting your goods from one place to another; especially in the case of the intercity shifting process. Taxes like GST and toll tax are common expenses as you carry out your move. You cannot avoid paying the taxes, and neither is it advisable. So, this is an inevitable factor that will add up the shifting charges.
9. Mounting and unmounting costs
The cost of mounting and unmounting the electronic appliances like TV, AC, stabilizers, water purifier, geyser, ceiling fans, etc., you will have to pay extra to the packers and movers. You can either choose to get them done by the moving professionals, or you can get them done individually by an electrician and a plumber. You cannot avoid these costs, as you cannot do all the mounting and unmounting by yourself.
10. Brand value of the company
Most of us trust companies with good brand value. The reason is simple; the reputed companies will not stoop down on the quality of their services or products. This is why we expect reputed and experienced packers and movers to shift our belongings with care, efficiency, and safety. But needless to say, companies with good brand value will cost you much more than hiring local packers and movers for the same job. If you want to move with a budget constraint, you cannot think of hiring a top-notch brand moving company.
As you plan to shift your house, you will either have to carry out the entire process by yourself or you have to hire professionals. It is always better to move through the packers and movers, as it saves a lot of time and effort. But it is the cost of the move that makes us choose one moving company over the other. After going through the 10 most crucial factors that affect the charges during house shifting, you will be able to manage your moving expenses and fix a budget with ease. I am happy to help you in this regard. Wishing you a great move!