Hourly pricing is the most commonly used pricing model in Calgary. It’s simple, the company will provide you with an hourly rate and charge you based on the time it takes to complete your move. The more prepared you are, the less it will cost.
In your quote, movers will provide you with an estimated labor time, so they can precisely estimate the final cost.
Services considered in the labor time:
To cover travel time and fuel, movers may charge you for the time it takes them to drive to and from their office. Alternatively, they may charge a pre-established truck fee, which will be based on the distance to be driven and the size of the truck.
Certain services are included in the final price such as: basic insurance (release value protection), moving blankets, moving equipment and sometimes wardrobe boxes.
All moving companies in Calgary have diverse fee-related policies. Generally, packing and unloading specialty items will be an added cost to your moving bill for their fragility (extra protection required), weight (more workers required), and extra space they may take up in the truck (additional truck required).
The moving company may charge extra fees for heavy items like sports equipment and appliances. Extra stair fees (above 2nd floor) and overnight or storage fees (if the move was not completed in one day), may be charged. Also, fuel fees could apply, especially for longer distances.
There are two types of moving insurance protections: release value protection and full value protection.
Release value protection covers the damages happening in the moving truck and can cover $0.60 per pound of the damaged item. The cost is typically included in the price and there is no deductible.
Whereas, full value protection applies to damage done in the moving truck and in your home. This can cover anywhere between $5 to $10 per pound of the damaged item. Expect to pay at least a few hundred dollars for full value protection, and know that there is a deductible and that it will vary.
Yes, there are usually specific rules to follow in condos when moving. Before planning your move, it’s important that you contact the condo board to inquire about requirements such as:
The normal tip amount in Calgary is based on the hours it took them to do the move, the complexity of the move, the conditions of the move, and the quality of service received. If you are not satisfied with your movers’ work, you may choose to tip them less, but we do not recommend skipping the tip.
If the service offered by your movers has been satisfactory, you can offer them around $5/hour each. For shorter moves (4–5 hours), you can tip each mover $20 – $25 on average, and for longer moves (8–10 hours), you can tip each mover $40 – $50 on average.
Daily tip per mover
Longer moves (8–10 hours)
$20 – $25
$40 – $50
It is preferable that the tip is given after the service is completed, and that the payment be in cash and directly to the movers.
In case you have offered food and beverages to the movers, you can shorten the amount of tip you are going to offer, because this can already be considered as part of the tip. Tipping is a nice gesture towards the movers and shows your appreciation for their hard work.
How far in advance you should schedule your move depends on the distance of your move and the season in which you plan to move.
In Calgary, the season of high demand for moving is during the summer and spring (May to September). If you are moving in the high season, it is advisable to schedule your move at least 8 weeks in advance. In the lower season, there isn’t a limit, and you can even book movers at the last minute; however, the odds are against it.
2 weeks in advance
6 weeks in advance
8 to 4 weeks in advance
12 weeks in advance
Last minute moves
in advance with little chance
Less likely to find availability
Booking in advance not only helps you find availability for various moving services, but also helps your moving company have the necessary time to schedule your move properly.
Most movers make you pay after the move is completed; this is a general rule among all reputable moving companies.
However, you may have to pay a deposit as a down payment if your mover requires it. In Calgary, between $100 and $250 is acceptable as a legitimate deposit. The amount will depend on several factors, such as the moving distance, the size of the move, the location, and the exact date of the move (since weekends are more expensive than weekdays).
The deposit will serve as a pledge of trust between you and the mover as a commitment on both sides, in case you cancel at the last minute.
To prepare your home for movers we recommend following these steps:
Yes, you can hire movers to move a single item in Calgary. Many people do so when they have a heavy item to move. Trying to do it yourself can be dangerous as you could damage the item or hurt yourself in the process. It’s definitely worth hiring professionals to do it for you, especially if the item holds sentimental value.
The difference is that with professional movers, you know your item will not be damaged. Some even specialize in moving heavy items, for example professional piano movers. The moving company will usually charge you their minimum hourly rate for this service.
Moving companies have rules and regulations as well as licenses that make them professionals. Therefore, you can rest assured that your item will be moved safely to its destination.
Yes, many Calgary movers offer storage services as part of their services. Storage is useful if you need to store some or all of your belongings for a period of time between moves. It’s also useful if you are downsizing and need extra space to store belongings that won’t fit in your new home.
Storage periods offered can be short or long term in secure, climate-controlled facilities. They also offer packing, loading and unloading services, and transportation of your belongings to and from storage. When choosing the right storage facility, you should primarily consider the insurance coverage for your stored belongings, their accessibility, and any fees or restrictions associated with storage.
Hiring a moving company that offers storage services is an excellent way to manage your belongings during the move, as it will give you peace of mind that they will be protected until you are ready to retrieve them.
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