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The cost of your move is calculated based upon five things:

  • Hourly Rate
  • Number of Movers
  • Hours of loading, unloading and drive time
  • Packing Services and/or materials
  • Stairs or elevator involved

The number of hours required and the number of movers required are estimated based upon a number of factors:

  • Number and type of items to be moved
  • Any packing or crating of glass or artwork
  • Distance from the truck to your front door at both the loading and unloading addresses
  • Heavy item charges such as piano or safes

When we provide a free on-site estimate, we consider these things and give you a clear, not-to-exceed price.  Any reputable mover should do the same.  The state of Texas requires the customer be provided one of two options before your move begins.

  • a binding proposal that give the exact cost of your move


  • a not-to-exceed proposal stating the maximum price of the move but allows the mover to charge less than the maximum

When you receive a moving quote via email or over the phone, the mover can only estimate based upon the items you state.  If a mover shows up on your moving day and you have significantly more items to be moved than you previously mentioned or you choose to have the movers pack anything in boxes, of course, the cost of your move is going to increase.  It is imperative that when you choose an online moving estimate or a free moving estimate over the phone that you are very clear about exactly which of your belongings you wish to have your moving company handle. Never accept a verbal price, quote or estimate.

At The Moving Factor, we pride ourselves on our ability to carefully estimate the cost of your local or long distance move.  We have decades of experience and an understanding of the time required to properly wrap, protect, drive, load and unload your household goods.

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