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How to Calculate Moving Expenses

Moving Quotes Explained

Moving companies base their quotes on the distance, size, service type and time frame of your move. Their own costs include paying for fuel, equipment, tolls, labor and time. You are likely to get a better deal if your availability matches up with the mover, so be as flexible as possible with your pickup or delivery dates. The quoted price of your move on uShip is based on the details you provide, so be as specific as possible when creating your listing. Detail all large appliances and electronics, pieces of furniture, number of boxes, and other items so that movers can give you an accurate bid.


Traditionally, moving companies provided a non-binding estimate. This was an estimate of the cost of moving your goods based on weight and services, but was not a final binding price for the mover. In fact, the actual price of your move in the contract would usually exceed the non-binding estimate. The bid on your move in uShip is binding for transporters if your listing properly details all items to be moved, your dates of service, and all relevant information

To receive the most accurate quote possible, be sure that all items you want moved are included in the estimate’s description. If the mover decides that your move requires additional moving services or costs not included in the original estimate, they must inform you before acting on the additions.

Tipping Movers

Movers are like any other service — tipping is recommended for a job well done. Guidelines vary on how much you should tip your mover. While some say five to ten percent of the total is recommended, others say $10 per mover for each half day of work is a good rule of thumb. In the end, how much you tip depends on how well you feel the mover cared for your goods.

Professional Moving Contracts

A moving contract can be your best friend if you take the time to understand it. Read your contract thoroughly and contact a manager at your moving company with questions. All moving contracts should include the following:

  • Name, address and phone number of company
  • Origin and destination addresses
  • Time and date of pick-up and delivery
  • Payment plan
  • Protection Plan

Ask that your contract include the cost of inventorying your belongings. Check the inventory for accuracy. In the event that items are damaged or lost during the move, they must be on the inventory for insurance purposes. Request the contract include the name of the moving company and any employees assigned to the job. Also, ask that the company include gratuities in the contract.

A moving contract is your first line of defense in case something goes wrong with your move. It should include every relevant detail, and your mover should adhere to the terms of the contract. For more information about insurance, consult our Moving Protection Guide.