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As the customer, you should always carefully review each company and their prices. On the surface, flat rate movers sound like the best deal. With a flat rate, you pay the quoted price no matter what. If you’re looking to hire professional movers by the hour, you’re likely looking to save as much money as possible. While hiring flat rate movers may seem like the greatest option, in some cases, they can send your moving costs through the roof.

In fact, the question of an hourly rate or flat-rate, with regard to moving, usually comes down to the distance your items need to be transported and the size of your current home. We’ll help you understand the benefits of each to decide which one may be best for your particular moving situation – as well as, provide you with tips to keep the price low and always get the best offer!


Local Movers Near Me

Hiring a flat rate mover for your local move is a great idea. The flat rate is the same as getting a binding estimate from the mover, and most experts agree this is usually easier for the customer. When you compare the rate quotes, just be vigilant, so if you are looking at one that is flat and others that aren’t, you assess each similarly. You can break down a flat rate bid into an hourly rate to see how it stacks up against another vendor’s offer or ask the competitor to cap their bid to be considered for the work.

Local movers usually offer pricing based on how long they need to complete the job, so if they do a good job of estimating the work scope, they should be able to submit a flat or capped price based on the hourly amount multiplied by how many hours they need. If we need three hours to load up your shipment, three to unload, and an hour of transport time, we can safely offer you a flat rate based on seven hours of time.

Ensure that there are no other added costs on top of the flat rate price before you agree.

Long Distance Movers Near Me

When you compare prices for a long distance move, it’s helpful to understand the different types of bids you may get from interstate moving companies. There are binding, nonbinding, and binding not to exceed bids. A binding estimate means that the price is form—it won’t change unless you add items to the shipment or request additional services. This is the equivalent of a flat rate price.

A nonbinding estimate is a forecast of the final cost, based on the mover’s prediction of the shipment’s weight. If the weight is higher, the price will be higher, and if it is lower, the price will go down. The binding not to exceed price won’t go up but could be reduced if the weight is less than predicted.

No matter which type of estimate you receive, conditions at the destination can result in additional charges, but these aren’t common. If the delivery is complicated due to parking issues, or unforeseen problems, the mover may add fees for those obstacles. If you have negotiated a flat rate, make sure you discuss whether they may add any of these fees to the total.

Furniture Movers Nearby

Engaging a mover to transport a few furniture items is an excellent example of when to ask for a flat rate. If you are not working on a complete relocation but just need to move a specific set of pieces, talk to the movers about a price for the work. If you have some flexibility around the scheduling, you should be able to negotiate an agreeable charge.

Remember that moving heavy or bulky objects will cost more than moving smaller items—it takes more labor. So, the cost of moving a pool table is going to be more. The process may be complicated if the things have to be disassembled and then reassembled later. Be as detailed in your description as possible when talking to the moving specialist.

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For Short Distances

Most local movers have minimum charges for the time but not for the distance involved. Even if you need something moved next door or within your own home, you can still hire a great moving company to do the work. The mover may have a four-hour minimum, although some can accept a two-hour project if they have time available.

Hiring a mover to manage a short distance full residence move is sensible for many people as well. If you are moving a short distance, it’s still simpler to have a professional do the hard work of loading and unloading instead of struggling to get it done on your own. With a short distance between origin and destination, the time and transit charges will also be much less.

How Much Will It Cost?

A flat rate quote from movers should be based on a visual survey of the shipment, and like any other price, should be submitted in writing. Ask the moving company to complete an onsite inspection of your household goods and explain the basis of the fixed price. For example, if they give you a fee of $1,000, ask how they arrived at that amount. Does that mean they need five hours for the work, at $200 per hour? Or is the company expecting to be done in three or four hours, in which case the per hour cost is higher.

If you understand how the mover calculated the price, you can compare it to other quotes that you receive from competitors and make a better, more informed choice between vendors.

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When to Hire Hourly Movers?

Consider this: You’re relocating across the state of New York, within the same city, or even within the same apartment building. These types of moves are considered to be ‘local moves,’ and choosing the hourly option is best in this case. When the price is based on time, companies often specify a three-hour minimum, with an hour for travel, and two to three movers. The quote for this type of situation is generally between $100 to $150, depending on the individual company. In this case, a two-bedroom apartment may take about three to four hours to move, and a three-bedroom home might take seven or even eight.

With hourly movers, the price goes up the larger your home is and the longer the distance your possessions need to travel to reach their new home. If you’re moving long-distance, have a large property, or are simply concerned about your moving costs spiraling out of control, you should ask for the company for a flat rate. In most cases, your professional moving company will be able to cap the cost for their customers at a certain amount, even if you use up additional time.

When to Hire Flat Rate Movers?

A flat rate is exactly as the name indicates – a quote that is determined by your moving company after an in-home or virtual assessment of the size of your space, and the amount and type of furniture that needs to be moved. If you’re planning a cross-country or interstate move, or simply moving a greater distance such as several hours from your current location, a flat rate is generally the right choice. In these moving situations, there are a lot more unknowns. Should your moving truck get lost or stuck in traffic, you likely won’t want to pay your movers for the additional time.

With that being said, you should always be wary, as the flat rate or offer posed by your mover may not factor in all of the costs associated with your relocation. Experts suggest that, in many instances, flat rates are not entirely ‘flat.’ Some professional moving companies may charge unexpected fees for things you would otherwise assume are included in the price. These include things like moving specialty items like a hot tub, piano, or pool table, or having to move furniture up a set of stairs.

How to Hire Flat Rate Movers

The first step in hiring a flat rate mover is to obtain a moving quote. To avoid any surprises related to hidden fees from your movers, always take the additional time to get an in-home estimate and request it in writing. That way, you will get the most accurate flat rate possible since the moving company received all the necessary details about your move.

As always, the more detailed you are about your relocation, the less likely you are to be blindsided by unknown moving charges. Also, be sure to inquire about any extra fees that you may incur for your movers moving particular items or spending extra time. Depending on the company, they may charge for unpacking your possessions, disassembling and reassembling furniture, or hauling away packing materials.

Once you’ve chosen a company and a rate that you are happy with, the planning process will begin. This involves working directly with a customer service agent to schedule the moving date and time, sign all the pertinent documents, and any other specifics required by your moving company prior to the actual move.

How to Request a Flat Rate Moving Quote

Although the procedure may vary slightly based on the company, you can often request a flat rate moving quote by filling out a simple online form or calling the moving company directly. In order for the moving experts to give you the most accurate rate possible, you should provide them with the following information:

Again, always be as detailed as possible when requesting a quote from your flat rate movers. This will ensure that you get the most precise moving price for your relocation.

How To Check Licensing and Insurance

Before you hire any mover, check to verify that they are registered with FMCSA. That’s the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration, and they regulate interstate commerce. Movers that work in more than one state must register with FMCSA. When you go to the website, you can check their license and insurance status and review the company’s safety record and customer complaints history. Using a licensed, insured, and registered mover like Three Men and a Truck improves the likelihood that your job will be handled properly. Don’t take a chance with a sketchy moving company.

Reviews Of Our Services

I want to thank the crew from Three Men and a Truck for their superhero work on my move last week. I was impressed with every person I interacted with from start to finish. The scheduler, the lady who helped me with choosing the services (she explained about the insurance so it made sense) and the guys who did the hard work—all just wow! I didn’t have to do a thing except watch. I am so grateful.

Sally M.

Thanks to the guys who handled my small apartment move. They were so nice, even though I was still packing when they got there. They started with what I had ready and they made it all work out fine, without stressing me out. One of them helped with the closet stuff, and it made a huge difference. I thought it was going to be a nightmare, but they really knew what they were doing.

Michal T.

My family used Three Men and a Truck for our move, and it was a big project. I enjoyed the service level we received, and particularly the luxury of having them handle most of the packing work. I wasn’t sure that would be a good idea, but every box was perfect, and the labels told me everything I needed to know when I started looking for things in the new house. I really appreciated the fact that one box said “corkscrew in here!” But seriously, the crew was great, and the office staff kept me up to date on where the truck was the whole time, so I never worried. I’m glad it’s over, but I would use you guys again for sure.

Mary R.

I had to move kind of in a hurry when I got a great opportunity in the Texas office of my company. I had been going back and forth for several months and finally got the old house sold and found a place to move into. Scheduling the move was easier than I thought with Three Men and a Truck, and the move of half my stuff into storage went perfectly. These guys made everything look easy, even though I know it was a lot of work. Thanks to everyone on the team for the cheerful attitude and personal attention.

Harry C.

Why Three Men And A Truck As Your Flat Rate Movers?

If you’ve typed “flat rate movers near me” into your search bar, your search ends here. Look no further than Three Men And A Truck to provide you with quality moving services at competitive prices. We offer both hourly and flat rates with all of your services included, depending on the circumstances surrounding your move. Here’s some reasons why you should consider Three Men And A Truck for your next move:


Request your FREE, no-obligation flat rate moving quote today by filling out our online quote request form or calling the number listed at the top of this page. Find out how you could save up to 20% on your next relocation with Three Men And A Truck!

Written by Chris Townsend

Chris Townsend

Chris Townsend is a moving professional and relocation expert that has more than 10 years of experience in the moving industry. With a background that includes working in virtually every aspect of the company, he has distinguished himself as an integral part of our operations with expertise in all things related to moving.

If you have any questions about moving, our services, or anything else you think he may be able to help with, you can contact Chris by emailing him at

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