Intrastate Moves: Hourly
The most common move type in North America is the small, local move of a studio or 1 bedroom apartment. These moves are most typically priced by the hour. In the event you are travelling a longer distance, but still staying within state, your state may or may not require that your non-binding quote be based solely on weight. Run a search for your state on MoversReviewed.com to see your state’s requirements of movers.
Interstate Moves: By Weight
Trucks hauling your items across state lines will stop at a weigh station. If you agreed to a non-binding estimate, the final price of your move will be based on this weight. The cost per pound is affected by the distance traveled as well however. More miles should increase the per pound rate.
If you agree on a binding estimate, the justification for the price can be any method: hourly, weight, volume, or combination.
International Moves: By Volume
Because marine shipping containers only hold so much space (a 20′ container usually holds 850 – 1150 cubic feet), rates are usually based on volume. It is common to have a 100 cubic feet minimum and then charge per foot after that. There are weight limits however. A 20′ container typically has a weight limit of 38,000 pounds.