How Can a Moving Company Charge Under $100 for a 3 Man Crew?!?!

 

On average a person will request 3-4 estimates from a moving company. Two out of the three estimates are very competitive but close in price range. These are the standard industry rates.

Then you receive another estimate that’s much cheaper than the first two. The estimate seems too good to be true (you’re right).

Your gut instinct says, “Don’t accept the offer!” yet, you ignore the feeling.

Unfortunately, it isn’t uncommon for consumers to fall victim to moving companies that offer dirt cheap rates for subpar service. Truth is, we live in a society where people demand high-quality service at rock bottom prices.

It is easy to become mesmerized by the possibility of receiving quality work for less money.  It can cause the false illusion that somehow one has beaten the system and won.

A disclaimer should come with every cheap offer. It should read: “Warning pay at your own risk – trouble lies ahead.”

Sadly, some people don’t realize they will end up paying more in the long-run.  Most likely they will have to hire another company (the one they should have hired in the first place) to fix the other companies mistakes. There is a logical explanation for why many people make bad buying decisions.

 Moving can be expensive.

There is one aspect of moving that most people will agree with – moving can be very expensive.  A household move costs approximately $2,300 (intrastate) and $4,300 (interstate), in the United States. It is not surprising when people feel compelled to hire companies that charge well below standard rates such as $75.00 for a 3 man moving crew.

A red flag should instantly go up in a person’s mind when a moving company charges extremely low rates.

There are four reasons why a company would charge dirt cheap rates:

  1. They are running a charity.
  2. They don’t have the proper insurance coverage.
  3. They take advantage of their workers by paying them less than the industry standard rates.
  4. They are scammers.

Moving is already a very stressful process. Wouldn’t it be better to pay extra, and receive superior service, than pay cheap rates and get ripped off?

When it comes to moving, some people should be reminded of the old adage, “You get what you pay for.”  They are usually reminded shortly after enduring a nightmare experience.

Here are common complaints people make after hiring cheap moving companies:

  • The movers were inexperienced and careless.
  • They charged hidden fees and held our belongings hostage until we paid them.
  • The moving company never showed up.
  • Our belongings were lost/stolen.
  • Items were damaged, the company refused to pay for damages.
  • Poor customer communication. No one ever returned our phone calls.

These are just a handful of complaints.

 How much should you really pay for moving services?

Moving rates are subject to change based on the availability and dates. For example, July 30 or the 31th would be more expensive than mid-June due to the high volume of moves and high demand.

There are many components that a moving company takes into the equation when putting out the price tag. One of the main is the self-cost of labor.

When hiring a reputable moving company, their bid does not just cover the cost of labor and fuel.  They are including the price of insurance, workers comp, warehouse expenses, office expenses, office worker salaries, marketing, and any other unexpected cost that may arise during the move such as parking and storage.  

There is no way a professional moving company could offer a rate of $75.00 for a 3 man crew and run a reputable business.

 Quality service comes with the price.

Only choose experienced moving companies. Experienced movers have worked with numerous clients and have an established reputation. Therefore, they have more to lose compared to a moving company​ that hasn’t been around for a while.

Take a stand!

One of the reasons the moving industry is saturated with poor service providers is because consumers consistently hire them. When more people stop giving their business to companies based solely on price, companies will have no other choice than to shut their doors or raise the bar.

 

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