Both hourly and flat rate moves have their advantages and disadvantages and if you’re not an expert in the moving industry, then choosing between the two can be hard to do. Both pricing structures are better suited to different types of moves and just because you know someone that chose one or the other during their move, doesn’t mean that the same is better for your move.
As high as 80% of all moves are based off an hourly structure and this is especially true if it is a local move. The price that is charged per hour will usually vary and also the time of year and day of the actual move will also affect the price as well. Hourly rate moves also come with a drive time charge so the clock starts whenever the driver calls to confirm they are on their way. Because most places in Austin are not more than 30 minutes away the drive time charge is usually under that. However this 30 min can turn into much more when taking traffic into consideration, so planning a move for later in the day can help you cut down on that time.
With flat rate moves, a thorough evaluation of everything the move entails is required. We survey the items you are moving, the loading and unloading conditions and the distance between the moves mainly. We then create a detailed invoice for everything that we are going to do for you so there is no ambiguity and you know exactly what you’re getting for the flat rate you’re paying. Flat rates are usually best suited for long distance moves.
As stated above, the large majority of our in Austin moves are charged on an hourly rate and it’s pretty easy to get a fairly accurate estimate on how many hours it should take. Although most moving companies only bid jobs by over the phone, Sir would NEVER hear of that, he sends a member of the A-Team over to your location as soon as we hang up the phone! The big concern regarding hourly rate moves is ‘what if the crew isn’t moving fast’? However you never have to worry about that with the A-Team, we train our employees like they were going into battle and don’t send them out on jobs until they are fully vetted.
Flat rate moves require a lot more estimating. We have to take a number of things into consideration when writing the bid. Most of the things we’ve already discussed but there are additional things to factor as well, mainly material costs and if the price also includes packing your house as well, just to name a few. The obvious pro regarding flat rate moves is you know exactly what you’re paying but on the flip side, the move could be cheaper if you decide on an hourly rate because the price is obviously not fixed.