Breaking Down A Moving Estimate
How do moving companies in Mississauga, Ontario and other cities charge for a cross province move in Canada? Do they pull numbers out of their hats or do they follow an official rate schedule that itemizes all the charges involved?
Cross Province Move
Professional moving companies use a pricing schedule called an Interprovincial Tariff for moves that are going from one province to another. These tariffs list the pricing for every conceivable charge or service that may happen on a move. Each moving cost estimate is different depending on the customer needs and the services they require.
If you are moving cross province be sure to get a quote from an accredited moving company like Premiere Van Lines who are proud agents for Atlas Van Lines.
The moving quote should show a complete breakdown of all charges, so you can be confident that the quote is as accurate as possible. Moving costs are broken down into rate sections for common items on a move including:
- Transportation Charge - base transportation rate from your current home to your new home
- Fuel Surcharge - this goes up or down depending on the cost of diesel fuel
- Large City Service Charge - only applies if you are moving to or from a major city
- Remote Area Surcharge - only applies if you are moving to or from a remote area
- Packing Charge/Unpacking Charge - only applies if the mover is packing your items into cartons and unpacking them at your new home
- Automobile Transportation Charge - only applies if you are shipping an automobile
- Full Replacement Cargo Protection Charge - to cover your household possessions while they are being loaded & unloaded and transported on the moving truck
The rates are normally based on a per 100 lbs basis, calculated on the estimated weight of your shipment. This is why it is so important to have the moving company do an in-home survey of the goods to be moved. If partial packing services are required instead of full packing, the packing and unpacking charges will be calculated on a per carton basis, not per 100 lbs to save you money.
Items to Consider
Most movers will offer a discount from their gross Interprovincial Tariff rates. In Canada, moving companies will apply the discounts when they are entering your information into their estimating program. In most cases, the estimate that is presented to you will already include the discounts. Confirm this with the moving company when they present your moving quote.