Moving a whole house is much different from moving a few boxes of household items; the most obvious difference is that a small move is cheaper than a regular move. However, you can still end up paying a lot more than necessary for your small move if you aren't careful. Use the following tips to ensure that never happens to you.
Decide Whether to Forgo Minimum Weight Requirement
Some moving companies have minimum weight requirements while others don't have such requirement. If you are dealing with a company with minimum weight requirement, then it means you will be charged a flat rate for the move whether your items fail to reach the minimum weight. This may be a disadvantage for you if your items are way below the minimum weight. For example, if the minimum weight is 1,000 pounds, you may be wasting money by requesting the service for 600 pounds. In such a case, it's best to deal with a company without a minimum weight requirement.
Mind the Maximum Weight Requirement
Moving companies have maximum weight requirements about what qualifies for a mini or small move. For example, you may find that moving items below 1,000 is classified as a mini move while items between 1,000 pounds and 2,000 pounds make a small move with their respective standard charges. In such a case, it would be a waste of money to transport, say, 1,080 pounds because you may end up paying for a small move while your items are only slightly above the mini move maximum. If possible, you may be better off trimming the extra weight and transporting it by your car (assuming you are also moving).
Be Flexible With Your Dates
If it is uneconomical to transport your items on their own, which is typically the case with small moves, then the moving company will consolidate the items with other small moves on the same route. The economic benefits of the consolidation will be passed to you to keep your moving costs down. However, it also means that your move may take longer than usual depending on how busy your route is; the moving company may have to delay delivery of your items until it has a full load for your route. This means you should be flexible with your move and plan it well in advance of when you need the items delivered so that a small delay doesn't inconvenience you.
For more information, contact a company like Smith Dray Line & Storage Inc.