Hourly Rate vs. Flat Rate
Almost all moving companies charge you on an hourly basis for moving services. However, some companies switch to a flat rate for long distance travel. This is done to protect the consumer from excessive moving costs.
Moving always comes with a lot of uncontrollable circumstances. Weather, traffic, accidents, and human error can cause delays in the moving process, and even if you’re fully prepared for your move, there are things outside of your control. Moving delays often mean you need to pay for the extra hours. This can end up costing more and more with every passing hour.
This is why a lot of consumers ask for a flat rate when moving long distances. With flat rates, the company conducts an inspection of all your belongings and hands you a written estimate of your move. This estimate is your final moving cost, give or take a few dollars, which means you don’t have to worry about your moving costs.
Moving Cost Charge Limit
A moving charge limit is another way that moving companies can protect customers from exorbitant moving costs. Under these terms, companies still charge hourly for long distance moves, but they have a point at which they stop charging extra even if the move is not yet completed.
For example, the moving company estimated that the move would take 12 hours to complete. However, after 12 hours, the truck is still on the road due to traffic. The company may continue charging hourly after the first 12 hours, but they give themselves a limit. For example, if they decide to stop charging at 15 hours, after 15 hours, the customer won’t be charged any further even if the move is not yet completed.