How Much Does It Cost to Hire Packers and Movers for Shifting?

Planning to hire packers and movers for your shifting and not sure how much it costs to hire a professional movers and packers company for your shifting? Well, shifting and relocation charges vary on several factors. So it is obvious, the overall cost and charges of relocation will depend on your specific requirements.

So what are the factors and how does it impact the overall charges of shifting and relocation? Lets explore and check them out. Shall we?

Volume and weight of goods
Packers and Movers companies will charge you for packing, loading, transporting and unloading. So it is obvious if there are more items then the cost will be more. If you have fewer items then it’s going to cost you less.

Depending on the volume and number of items to be packed and moved, packers and movers companies will estimate the cost of packing materials, man power required to pack them, cost of loading, transporting and unloading those materials.

Bonus Tip: Be careful and prepare list of inventory you really want to get shifted, and get rid off other items.

Quality of packing materials
Packers and movers spend good amount of money on packing materials and transporting. Rest of the process involve their own services where they have some scope of offering you discounts or charging you a little less. But they don’t have any control on materials that they buy from the market.

There are different quality of packing materials and what quality and what materials will be required will impact the cost. Movers and packers may give you options and you can take a call accordingly.

Bonus Tip: if you are too price conscious, you may try using old/used cardboard boxes for usual items like books and other materials that may not get damaged easily.

Distance between source and destination cities
Packers and movers companies will charge you the cost of transportation and there is very little scope of negotiation. Most of the time the moving company have their own fleet ad if incase they have to hire a truck as per your need, then the cost is almost fixed.

Even if the rest of the process (packing, loading, unloading etc) is same for local and long distance shifting, the cost vary de to the distance between both the locations.

Add-on services
Apart from packing materials and transportation, rest of the cost is for the services that a moving company offers. Moving companies are going to charge you for packing, loading and unloading.
But movers and packers companies also offers add-on services like unpacking, re-arranging of goods, making arrangements for your travel etc. These add-on services are charged separately. So whether you want these services or not is totally up to you and they will adjust their charges accordingly.

Bonus Tip: try and handle unpacking and re-arranging yourself to save these charges.

Accessibility and Facilities at source and destination
Finally the cost of shifting also depends on the facilities. For example if you are staying in a 3BHK apartments on 5th floor and there is no lift in the building, and there is similar situation at the destination then they will charge you more.

But if you have lift at both places and lift can be accessed to load and unload goods, then their labor charges will be much lesser.

Similarly if the vehicle has to be parked far away then the cost will increase and if the vehicle can be parked just behind the building, the cost will go down.

Apart from these major factors, assume a fixed service tax (applicable in India), cost of insurance etc.

I am sure by now you have got a good idea of how these packers and movers companies charges and what are the main factors that affects the cost.

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As a property manager, I am involved with the processes, systems and hiring manpower required to manage the life cycle of all acquired property including acquisition, control, accountability, responsibility, maintenance, utilization and disposition.
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