Moving Tips: Local Mover Price Options


Posted by Julianne Nitta
Julianne Nitta

Topics: Moving, Residential

Figuring out the cost to move locally can be so confusing. But, Victory Van is here to help. In this post we review the pricing options available to our neighbors  in Sterling, VA , Leesburg, VA, Maryland or the Washington, D.C. metro area making local moves. Keep reading to learn about your choices for a local home move.

When you are researching your local move options, a relocation consultant will come to your home and create an inventory of your belongings. Our relocation consultants have two pricing options when discussing your moving quote. with you They will prepare your quote using either an hourly rate or fixed cost. Let's take a deeper look at the factors that contribute to a local move proposal and contract.


Why Choose Fixed Pricing

For local moves, most consumers prefer a fixed price.

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Our relocation consultant will come to your home and document everything in your home that is to be moved. They will take into consideration everything at your current home - flights of stairs, special furniture, the size of your furniture, etc.

Relocation consultants will also ask you about the conditions at your new home - the elevator, multiple flights of stairs, how easy it will be to bring things into your home. 

As long as all of these things can be figured out ahead of time, a fixed price solution makes good sense.

Not surprisingly the fixed price solution is what most people prefer for their local move. 

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Why Choose Hourly Pricing

Occasionally a local move consultant will not bind the estimate to a fixed rate. Sometimes the client will request the very same.

The hourly non-binding estimate is usually offered because the entire shipment (or move) may not be visible. There could be an overloaded mini-storage unit or a basement full of stuff. These both add time to the move.

There could be other conditions that make estimating the move-time difficult. One example is having to share an elevator.

Your move consultant will put together an estimate with the number of hours he thinks it will take to move. Then, the local moving team will record the actual amount of time needed to pack, transport your belongings and bring them into your new home. This will be your final moving cost.


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Contributing Factors

The estimate of charges is usually based on the number of men and trucks. Here's a simple example that shows common local mover price options and estimation factors.time factor when moving

Lets consider a family moving from a two bedroom apartment in Fairfax, VA  to a single family home in Leesburg, VA .

The customer is managing the packing and boxing of all contents of their home.  Victory Van will manage the moving and loading of the boxes and furniture with local transport and off loading.

The current home in Fairfax, VA is an apartment complex with stairs only, no elevator, so the relocation consultant factors in the added steps into the total hourly move rate.

In this example, the Victory Van relocation consultant estimates the following:

  • 1 truck
  • 3 men
  • 7 hours plus 1 hour of travel

The family would budget about $960. The consultant could bind the move as is or add some time (1/2 hour or 1 hour) depending on their assessment of the packing.


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With over 90 years of experience moving the Washington DC region's families, business and institutions we have developed a great tradition based of quality customer services, great pricing and taking care of your most precious belongings.

Victory Van is the best mover in the Northern Virginia, Maryland and metro Washington, D.C. area. Contact a local mover consultant at Victory Van Corporation for a quote on you next move.