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Turning over the heavy lifting of a move has a number of benefits. However, it may be worth the expense to allow professional movers to take charge of this project. Hiring a team eliminates a lot of the physical work, as well as the anxiety that often accompanies this task.

Factors Influencing the Costs

The price for hiring a team of workers to assist with a move depends on several factors.

- Distance (more miles costs more)

- Size and difficulty of the move

- Weight of items

- Time of the year (summer moves are more expensive)

- Size of work team (a larger team costs more)

- Gas prices

A local move will cost less for professional movers than one that crosses state lines. Similarly, a move that involves few heavy pieces will cost less than one with sizable weight.

Common Formulas

Moving companies use a standard rubric to estimate costs for both local and long-distance moves. For a local move, the formula includes multiplying a base hourly rate by the number of workers on the team. This total is then multiplied by the number of hours spent loading, driving, and unloading. Additional fees include costs of gas, tolls, and packing materials and services.

The rubric for long-distance moves involves multiplying the weight of the shipment by a rate for distance and weight. This total may increase with the addition of packing materials and services, a shuttle fee, and any insurance protection added to the service.

Requesting an Estimate

Consumers can request an estimate from professional movers to get an idea of costs involved with hiring a crew. Companies are often willing to provide a binding estimate for long-distance moves to hold a price and guarantee that the total cost will not exceed the estimated amount.

With an idea about pricing, it's possible to move forward with moving plans to relocate a family or business.

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How to Protect Fragile Items During a Move

People experience different kinds of unexpected move-out nightmares: broken glass, chipped vases, and even damaged equipment. When planning a move, whether across town or across the country, careful packing can protect delicate belongings from damage. Following these three tips provides peace of mind during this stressful experience.

Build a Barrier

When packing dishware, glasses, and other breakable items, forming a barrier of packing materials can keep individual pieces from bumping into one another during the process of relocating. If there’s audible rattling coming from a moving box, it’s likely that not enough packing material was used to protect the items inside. Plates should be individually encased in bubble wrap and stacked vertically in a small box. The same method is effective for glasses, but they should be filled with packing paper first to protect the entire surface area. Filling empty spaces in the box with packing peanuts also prevents items from moving around and cracking or chipping.

Label Breakables

Boxes containing fragile items should be clearly marked to alert the handler to take extra precautions. Whether hiring movers or relying on helpful friends, it’s a best practice to find people who will know to treat precious packages with care. As a bonus, writing labels that mark the box's destination helps prevent important items from getting lost in the shuffle.

Use Specialized Boxes

Throwing items in any available cardboard box can greatly increase the chances of damage. Instead, opt for appropriate packing materials for fragile items and carefully pack by category. For example, wine and liquor bottles can be packed in divided cartons designed to protect them; these containers can be collected from liquor stores or nearby restaurants. Stereo equipment and electronics—as well as their components—should be stored for moving while packed in their original boxes whenever possible. Books can even get damaged if they are stacked improperly during a move, but a special book box can help keep them in place and prevent crumpled pages and bent paperback covers.

When the work associated with a move seems overwhelming, consider professional packing services from Lee Moving & Storage, Inc. We can facilitate a move from start to finish, from packaging items carefully in safe, appropriate materials to transporting and unloading them in your new home free from damage. For a free moving quote, call (504) 254-2950 or submit an online request today. We'll be happy to answer every question about our process, whether you plan to move locally in New Orleans or require long-distance relocation services.


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