Moving Weight Estimates

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How do moving companies figure out the weight of your belongings so that they can estimate your moving cost? It seems complicated when you look around at all the items in your house, as well as the contents of your garage, shed and yard. But an experienced moving company can, with your input, make a remarkably accurate assessment of your moving weight.
Reliable movers have developed systems to estimate moving weight, usually involving detailed lists or spreadsheets where they record exactly what items you need moved. You might be able to access this spreadsheet yourself to make a preliminary assessment of your shipment, but without the expertise of a reliable moving consultant it may be difficult to arrive at an exact weight estimate.
Questions like:
How many china barrels will I need for all my dishes?
Will all my clothing fit into one wardrobe container?
How many book boxes will it take to pack my library?
How many mirror cartons will I need to pack my paintings?
are difficult to answer if you are not familiar with these packing supplies.
It seems a gargantuan task, but your moving consultant will tackle it one step at a time to arrive at the correct weight. Usually this involves an in-home survey so that they can see exactly what you have. Visiting your home also gives the consultant the opportunity to assess any difficulties they may encounter on moving day. Its a good thing if the movers are forewarned about things like:
Staircases;
Elevators, or
Narrow spaces.
Dont forget to tell your moving consultant about those belongings that you wont be taking those garage sale items, the old furniture that you plan to give away, and if youve sold the pool table with the house, dont add it to the list! An accurate estimate depends on starting with the correct moving weight.
After calculating your moving weight the movers will use this information along with the distance of your move to establish a moving cost estimate.
Its usually a good idea to obtain more than one estimate for comparison. If the estimates vary widely, it may be due to inconsistent weight estimates.
Make sure to ask for the sheet that the movers used to calculate your moving weight so that you can see exactly what items are on it. If they have forgotten things you might find that your actual shipping weight is considerably higher, and this will have an effect on your final charges.
A greater moving weight than originally calculated can result in much higher costs, so you want to be sure that the moving weight estimate is accurate! Your final charges will be based on the actual weight of your shipment; the truck will be weighed before and after loading to obtain your moving weight.
A reliable moving company like Jays Moving has enough confidence in their moving weight estimate and their moving cost estimate to provide a guarantee of price; ask them about it.

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This article was published on 2011/02/15