When you’re moving home one of your top priorities is to move quickly and efficiently at minimal cost. If you hire a removal company, you can either be quoted a fixed price for the job or pay an hourly rate.
So, which is better an hourly rate or a fixed one? It’s not a clear-cut decision and so here at City Removalist and Storage we’ve come up with some pros and cons for each.
The pros and cons of a fixed quote
The general assumption is that fixed quotes are better. It means you’ll know how much you must pay upfront, and you won’t get any nasty surprises.
You pay a fixed fee, and it covers everything. This means no matter how long it takes removalists to complete the job, there won’t be any hidden costs, so ultimately it offers you peace of mind.
When a fixed quote price is offered, they will take into account any delays or glitches, so the one price covers everything.
This type of quote is specific to your requirements. If you want to move quickly then a bigger team can be assigned to that job, and a fixed quote will take this into account.
On fixed price terms, a representative from the removal company will visit your home and discuss your personal requirements. It will mean they’ll have a greater understanding of the move itself and what volume of furniture is involved.
Flat rates can be better for long moves which cross states because there is more travel involved. A fixed price means it’s in the interest of the removal team to get the job done as quickly and efficiently as possible.
And the pros and cons of an hourly rate
Hourly rates mean you only pay for the service which is provided. It also gives you a bit of flexibility as you can decide on the day exactly what you want to move and make any last-minute changes.
People always worry that removal men may try to drag the job out if they’re being paid on an hourly basis, but most of these concerns are unfounded.
Hourly rates not only include packing and unpacking but also drive time, so try to organise your move outside of rush hour as this could make it more expensive if there’s congestion on the roads. You may find that hourly rate prices vary depending on the day of the week and the season.
Consider your new home. If you are moving into an apartment and removalists must park away from the entrance and use a lift, this will take more time and incur extra costs. Hourly rates tend to be favoured for short moves where there is less chance of any hold ups.
If you’d like to benefit from our fixed rate removal services, why not give us a call today? City Removalist & Storage is one of the leading removal companies in Sydney.