One of the most generic questions that is being asked by users on our platform goes like this;
Hi, I am planning to shift from Bangalore to Mumbai and I was wondering if you could help me. I want to know how much it would cost if I hire a movers and packers company to take care of my shifting requirements?
Now, I can understand that users are usually concerned about the costs as well as the safety of their goods and appliances. But this is a too generic question and I thought to write a detailed post on how much does it cost to hire packers and mover companies, especially in India because in other countries what I have notice is cost of relocation is charged based on time or you can assume they follow hourly pricing.
However in India, there is no such practice. It has less to do with here are so many different factors that come in to play when it comes to costs of packing and moving services. There is no do it yourself model mostly and you have to hire a packers and movers service provider for the entire task that is right from packing to labeling, loading, insurance, transportation, unloading and unpacking. It would be safe to assume that the movers and packers companies in India will offer you a complete packaged deal for entire shifting.
Obviously due to lack of any regulation or practice of standard pricing, there is high chance of ending up paying more and thus it is important to understand every aspect of how the entire process work.
So let's take a look at what are those factors and how does it affect the costs of packers and movers services.
Distance is one of the most important factors that affects rates and charges of packers and movers companies in India. This is one of the reason why local shifting costs less and long distance or domestic shifting (as they call it) costs more even if the process is entirely same. Whether you are doing a local shifting or planning to do a domestic shifting, packers and movers have to pack your goods, load them on to a truck, transport it and unload them once it reaches its destination.
Depending on the inventory that you want to pack and move, packers and movers calculate a tentative estimate of packing materials. There are different types of packing materials because different items require different kind of packing using special packing materials. Like glassware require special treatment than solid goods like furniture. Also volumes of goods give them enough idea to estimate the cost of labor (packing charges). Obviously if you have few items, your cost will be less and when you have lots of goods, cost will be high. So it would be great if you could get rid of any unwanted material that you don't need any more or you may not have used in last few months. So decide wisely and be practical.
Apart from the above two heads, labor and handling charges is what you have to pay when you hire a movers and packers service provider in your city. This includes cost for loading, unloading, unpacking, re-arranging etc. These activities can't be performed by one individual so they require multiple labor and in India, unorganized labor are not available on hourly basis, so it's charge on daily basis that is full day. Costs under this head are very much negotiable and when you negotiate smartly, you could expect to save 10 to 15% minimum on this head.
Insurance is kind of mandatory especially for long distance shifting and you cannot do anything about it. It would not be a wise decision to avoid insurance so give it a serious thought and insure your goods accordingly to have something when a bad situation arises.
Apart from insurance, your mover will be charging you the toll tax fees etc depending on as on actual expense because even they may not be aware of how many toll plaza would come on the way. So keep this in mind and if possible deal with them in total and ensure that there are no hidden costs what so ever. It's better to keep things transparent and deal in package than to keep on investing, arguing and fighting later on.
When you have decided to pack and move of your household goods and appliances, there is no point making any hurry. Take time, look at everything every very carefully and plan everything well in advance. Right from pitching your requirements to movers and packers companies to searching and negotiating with them, pay attention to detail and take a wise decision.
Always talk to best Movers and Packers companies in town and feel free to negotiate with them, if not much, it would help you ensure that you are not paying more and that you have evaluated everything carefully.
Let me conclude by requesting you to share your experience, tips and ideas related to packing, moving and home or car shifting.
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Posted by Pradeep Chaudhary on 19 January 2015 at 11:12am.