The Benefits of Flat Rate Movers
As is inferred by the name, flat rate movers will conduct a house or business move for a prearranged fee. The counterpart of flat-rate moving is labeled a ‘per hour’ service. Both services mostly are different only in the manner in which the fee is charged, as all professional movers should carry out a move from start to finish.
Choosing a moving service
Prior to choosing a moving service, you should always obtain quotes from more than one group. Charges are determined by certain details of the move. The dimensions of your home and how many items must be moved will be the primary consideration, as this will impact on the amount of work involved with the move. The bigger the number of possessions that are affected by the move, the greater the length of time it will take for each to be boxed. More money must then be spent on packaging materials. It will also take longer for the movers to transport your items to their trucks. Transport times will be larger, along with the time necessary for unpacking.
Another issue that must be considered by flat rate movers. When they are calculating a price quote will be the distance they will have to travel between the houses or offices. Of course the greater the distance between them, the greater the travel time. This will result in larger travel expenses and of course manhours. Again if you are moving many objects the movers will have to repeat the journey frequently, which will incur a greater expense.
The obvious benefit to a flat rate moving service
The obvious benefit to a flat rate moving service is that the bill is determined before the move takes place. This is generally guaranteed to be the total fee for the move from start to finish and means that the client does not face any unexpected costs. There should be no surprise expenses when the move is completed, which can arise when ‘per hour’ services are used. However, there are some cons to flat-rate services also.
Flat rate moving companies operate to a business plan, that ultimately wishes to make a profit. If they were to price their jobs imagining a hassle-free move with no holdups, then there is a good chance that the move will end up costing them money if anything does go wrong.
For example. They may allow a manhours necessary for the loading of their trucks and then apply this figure to arrive at a potential wage bill. However unexpected problems could prolong the time it takes to complete this part of the move. Little things like a vehicle parking in the way next to either building may be the source of problems for movers struggling to carry items to or from a lorry.
This is why it is understandable for the flat rate moving group to allow for such problems in their quote. This protects the movers against potential problems and gives them some certainty that they will not lose money instead of earning it.
However if the move runs smoothly, the customer usually has to pay a larger fee using flat rate movers than what they would if utilizing a ‘per hour’ service.