The Services from BestDarnMovers
Thank you for sending your information.
The cost-guidance for your move, as per the description you supply is at the end of this document in the section labeled NOTES:.
The more information you’ve supplied about your move, the more accurate your guidance is likely to be.
Be reminded that the actual time to execute your move may be more or less than the guidance given here, so the final invoiced amount may be more or less as well.
First, here is primary information to help with the basics.
This is cost-guidance for your move. It follows the new PA PUC Guidelines so it is different from estimates you may have received from us in the past.
We don’t refer to this as a quote or an estimate, we call it cost-guidance.
Yes, its important for you to know, in advance, how much the move may cost but since every move is different and unforeseen circumstances may arise,
its a stab-in-the-dark to try to pinpoint any particular number. So this is our honest attempt to point you in a direction with an as-accurate as possible
idea of what your costs will probably be.
In Pennsylvania, moves under 40 miles from point to point are by-the-hour moves. Most all of the moves we do are in this category.
Moves over 40 miles, by regulation- require much more detailed book keeping.
FYI, ’40 miles’ by definition is from your pick up to your drop off; it has nothing to do with the distance we travel to the pick-up to begin your job.
Quotes are normally given using a 3-man team, (but not always), and that’s to standardize and simplify the quote process.
In fact, when appropriate and when it won’t affect materially your labor costs, we use 4 or 5 men, and sometimes more.
Some places (apartments) lend themselves to smaller groups of movers. Some places, (homes/townhouses) are better served with an army of people that can get it done quickly.
The labor price will be proportionately higher to accommodate additional movers but the job will get done quicker. 2x4 and 4x2 both equal 8. (My attempt at an appropriate analogy.)
We reserve the right to add additional movers to the job or reduce the amount of workers when appropriate despite the standard 3-man quote.
The components that make up the final invoiced amount are the (1) Truck Package, (2) Labor, (3) Travel Fee, (4) Other Supplies, (5) Fuel.
Other charges may include *Disposal of Old Furniture or Items, *Tolls, *2.9% Credit Card Processing, *Storage.
– Truck Package Truck with insurances, and furniture blankets/straps/dollies/wrap/etc, subject to a $79 minimum.
Most truck charges are in the $100 to $200 range but could be more for larger moves.
– Labor. The labor ‘clock’ begins when we ring your doorbell and ends upon completion.
Per hour labor rates are as follows:
1-man labor: $49 2-man labor: $98 3-man labor. $145
4-man labor. $185 Each additional mover per hour, $45.
The following are billed as labor:
Arrival at the pick up location starts the labor clock.
Disassembly of items like beds/tables/cribs/mirrors.
Pad load and strap into truck. Drive to the drop-off.
Unload. Reassembly of like items. Placement as directed.
– Travel Fee. Compensates the movers for travel TO the pick-up at the start and FROM the drop off at the conclusion because the labor
rate doesn’t begin until the movers arrive at the job location. So in general, Travel to the job site and travel back home are the Travel Fee.
Travel Fee is actually a catch-all. It also includes the peripheral expenses of the move, things like clean-up, refolding blankets, etc.
– Outlier Supplies. Mattress bags, cartons, etc., $0 to $20; supplies are normally a small part of the total cost of the move unless we pack up your home, room-by-room.
Then this category will contain the costs of boxes, tape,paper wrap, etc.
– Fuel estimate, now charged separately, based on miles from start to finish.
Truck costs and travel fees for your move are pretty standard and easy to figure.
Labor is the variable. Labor costs are more difficult to estimate because every move is different.
– YOU PAY US ONLY FOR THE TIME YOU USE US.
We have no ‘minimum hours required’ labor charge. If the movers wrap up your job in one hour that’s all you’ll be billed for.
(That ‘one hour’ is for illustration and to make a point. Unless your move is very small, finishing it in an hour is not very likely.)
– If saving money on your move is a priority, it behooves you to be as packed up as possible and ready to go.
– We bill in increments of 15 minutes, not half hours or full hours like some of the big movers. That will save you money.
– Our movers work at a pretty good pace. I know you’ll be pleased. As always, we’ll do our best to keep your costs low.
– Cash or check preferred. Your credit card is welcome also but we pay a 2.9% processing fee and add that to your invoice.
Finally, as written in the materials that we send to inquiring customers,
(1) you are welcome to use your own borrowed or rented truck using us for labor only, in which case you won’t pay us for the use of our truck.
If this saves you money we’re all for it. The travel fee and hourly labor rates will still apply, and
(2) we invite customers to use their own padlock on the truck during transport, and you keep the key until unload time. We want every customer to be confident that
what went in at the load is there at the unload. So far as we know no other moving company anywhere offers similar protection. And it’s really a no-brainer, isn’t it?
Hope that helps. Please don’t hesitate with any questions.
Kingston, our base, to
– Truck Package, as described above.
– Travel Fee.
– Outlier Supplies
– Fuel Surcharge
– Labor Costs. Per Hour:
When your move is concluded, we’ll tally-up the labor costs, (rate x time), then add the other listed components. That’s your final invoiced amount.
Don’t hesitate with any questions. Thank you.
Below is useful info for your move. Please get back to me with any questions.
Please keep in mind that our calendar fills up more quickly as we roll into the spring and summer. If you have a specific day in mind for your move it may not be available if you wait too long to book. As always we try to be as flexible as possible.