Hiring a moving company is the best way to ensure your residential or commercial move goes smoothly. However, the cost is always a concern when hiring a moving and storage service. Knowing the factors that moving companies consider when calculating your moving cost can help reduce your burden. Moving companies include various factors, such as distance, the volume of goods, type of goods, and more when calculating your costs. 

Here are some essential factors that will affect the estimate from your movers. 

Size and distance

The most crucial factors determining your move’s cost are the distance of the new location from the old one and how much stuff you are moving. Local moves are charged by the weight of the materials and the hours movers spend moving everything. On the other hand, long-distance moves are calculated based on weight and the distance the goods travel. 

Dates matter too

You may not give it much thought, but the day you choose to move also affects your moving costs. Moving during late summers or spring and on weekends or national holidays will cost you more than regular days. Moving during random weekdays and winters can reduce costs if you want to save money on your move.


You can expect a vast difference in cost and estimates if you rely on online company quotes. Hence, always insist on an inspection from the moving company you are hiring. By doing a walkthrough, you can expect a more accurate estimate of the actual cost of your move. 


Where your home is located and where you are moving is a vital cost factor. How difficult it is for movers to reach your home also plays a part in the price of their service. The harder it is to get to your location, the more you will have to pay. 

Stairs and elevators

If the moving company has to move heavy boxes and furniture along the stairs and elevators, you may have to pay them extra for their efforts. Also, if you have a lot of big furniture that won’t fit through doors and the movers have to use riggers and other materials to pull them through, that will also incur extra costs. 


It is always a good idea to insure your goods while they are on the move. Insurance covers any damage that may occur to your belongings during transit. Most moving companies also offer insurance to their clients for their cargo. It will also be included in your estimated costs if you purchase the insurance. 

About InterWest Moving & Storage

InterWest Moving and Storage Belgrade can assist you with relocation services  — from packing to unloading. An agent of Atlas Van Lines, we have been delivering high-quality transportation services to our customers since 1956. Apart from residential packing and moving, we are also corporate moving specialists and provide domestic and international corporate, art, and government relocation services. You can call our toll-free number (800) 877-1091 to book our assistance and get a free quote.