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How to estimate your Move Size and Weight?

February 19, 2017
Estimate Move Weight

Even the distant possibility of moving one's residence unleashes an avalanche of question marks in our heads. Whenever people decide to move, no concern seems to overwhelm them as much as - "how much will my move cost?" Figuring out the amount of money to be set aside for the entire moving process can be challenging. Although every moving company will have their own system for determining how much a specific move will cost, we at Getamover.com offer a great starting point for grasping one's own moving situation. Logically, moving costs are estimated on the basis of the weight of goods to be moved. Professional movers usually require a weight estimate first in order to give their customers an accurate moving cost estimate. Now you must be wondering exactly what kind of high-tech method do these moving companies employ to weigh things in a house, such as LCD TV set or that rosewood king size bed? How can it be possible to simply know how much a person's stuff weighs? What cutting edge weighing scales will be able to calculate how much my belongings weigh?

Alas! Getting a move weight estimate is no rocket science. It has more to do with guesswork than science. To make it easy for you to communicate the right information to the moving company representative, we would like to share a simple, yet fail-safe method - use a moving weight calculator. Here's how it works. Even before seeking a moving companies, it is highly recommended that you be sure of what your items to be moved, and to estimate the weight yourself. Instead of informing the mover company what you are moving, you can provide them a weight estimate. That way you can obtain best moving quotes possible, specifically if you're one of those trying to relocate without breaking your bank. This weight calculator tool involves following steps:

  • Gradually walk through your current home and start creating an inventory of your possessions
  • Meticulously list down every single content of a house, dividing them into their corresponding rooms
  • Add up your furniture and other appliances - number of tables, lamps, bookcases, chairs, television sets, stereo, sofa, cabinets, desks, etc.
  • Now comes the guesswork - you can assess the weight of your shipment by judging the weight of your house belongings and finally adding them up. For instance, let's assume that you want to determine the weight of your master bed room which roughly includes king size bed with mattress, a bookshelf, a vanity dresser, a nightstand, a rocking chair, and a floor lamp. Now adding this data into a mover's 'cube sheet' or moving weight calculator as given below will generate an estimate of your master bedroom weight:
  1. King size Bed - 490 lbs., 70 Cu. Ft.
  2. Bookshelf - 35 lbs., 5 Cu. Ft.
  3. Vanity dresser - 140 lbs., 20 Cu. Ft.
  4. Nightstand - 70 lbs., 10 Cu. Ft.
  5. Rocking chair - 84 lbs., 12 Cu. Ft.
  6. Floor lamp - 21 lbs., 3 Cu. Ft.

Do not forget however that this is merely an approximate weighing and not exact; the main aim is for you to gain a rough idea of the total weight of your move. This will allow the moving company to get an accurate picture of how many things they actually have to haul, which in turn makes it easier to budget your moving costs.

Pre-Move Weight Estimate:

Alternatively, if you don't feel confident about this DIY move weight calculation guesstimate, you can get a more accurate moving weight estimate by a professional or a moving company representative. The top-rated moving company you have contacted will initiate the process by sending one of their experts whose role is to furnish you with moving quotes by assessing your relocation needs. On the appointed date, moving company representatives will arrive and take detailed inventory of all the things you intend to move. Figuring out the size and weight of your move will be made by employing special Table of Measurements, or 'Cube Sheet', and by using special furniture weight charts and other weighing schema. A copy of these estimates will be provided to you, along with a moving quote based on the estimated total weight of your shipment and the move distance to your new location. Be warned that these agents rely on the professional moving experience and their judgement, and different moving companies will use different methods to determine your move weight and consequently generate your move quote. Therefore, before committing to one mover, you must get quotes from a few different moving companies to be certain that the moving company you have chosen is not trying to rip you off. Remember, this is merely a launch pad for your moving research and information gathering quest.

Moving Day Truck Weighing

So far you must be thinking that weight of your shipment, most key factor affecting moving cost, will merely be determined by referring a chart of average weight values for household items. Don't be alarmed just yet. Be sure to remember that the total weight and size of your household goods is simply an estimate. So how are you supposed to know the exact weight of your move? As per the weighing guidelines listed by U.S Department of Transportation booklet, 'Your Rights and Responsibilities When You Move', your moving company is required determine the actual weight of your shipment on a certified scale after loading the truck with your belongings. The truck weighing process can be done either by origin weighing or destination weighing. Both the weighing methods are approved legally, and irrespective of the method chosen by mover, none of the two will negatively impact the accuracy your move weight.

Origin weighing:

It is very likely that your moving company might opt to weigh your belongings at the originating location or in the city where the shipment originates. In that scenario, moving crew must weigh the vehicle before coming at your house for moving your stuff. This pre-loading weight value is called tare weight. After your shipment has been loaded, the truck is weighed again to determine what is called the gross weight.

After obtaining these two weight values, it is simply a matter of basic math of subtraction: net weight or your actual shipment weight = gross weight or loaded truck weight - tare weight or pre-loading truck weight.

Destination weighing:

In some cases, the mover may decide to weigh your shipment at the destination after its delivery. Unlike origin weighing, destination weighing is performed in reverse order. This implies that the moving crew or driver will have the truck weighed with your shipment loaded on board, and then again weighed for second time after your belongings have been completely unloaded. Only then will the movers be able to determine your exact moving charges. To calculate the net weight of your shipment, the movers have nothing more to do than simply subtract the tare weight from the gross weight.

Lata Khatwani


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