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Moving brings a mix of excitement at the thought of living in a new place, but also a dread of that long to-do moving list. The cost of moving is another factor, especially in the case of cross border moves to places like Cabo San Lucas or Puerto Vallarta. Have you ever thought: “Why are cross border moves so expensive?” Let’s explore what you need to know so that you can have a hassle-free move to your new home in Mexico.

What Should I Know When Hiring a Moving Company?

We understand that moving entails spending a significant sum for professional movers. Although you may hesitate and try to do it all yourself, you will add more stress to your relocation. 

You may not be aware of certain regulations and laws that govern your move into a new country. Also, when you’re planning a cross border move, the last thing you want to do is to personally address all the details that go into your relocation. So let’s discuss some important tips that you need to know when you’re hiring a moving company: 

Factors Affecting the Average Cost of Movers

The cost of your move is affected by a few factors which include:

  • Local versus a long-distance move
  • Amount of items to be moved
  • Use of extra services and special equipment
  • Time of year/month/week of your move
  • Level of insurance coverage for your items
  • Length of time for loading and unloading
  • Number of movers required
  • Attributes of the locations (for example, flights of stairs, narrow passages, etc.) 

Local versus Long-Distance Moves

Local Moves

When we’re considering local moves, movers usually charge by the number of hours worked. This includes the time it takes to load and unload the moving truck and the time taken to travel to the new location. Hourly rates vary across locations, but the charge is generally $25 to $35 per hour per mover. 

You should note that there’s also a travel fee for the time taken to travel to the pickup location. This fee is often charged as an additional hour. Some local moving companies may have a minimum charge of 2 to 4 hours. So always be sure to ask for details on how all moving charges are assessed. 

Long-Distance/Cross Border Moves

These moves are done across state lines and even across country lines (like moving from Arizona, USA to Cabo San Lucas, Mexico). The cost of a long-distance move is primarily influenced by the total weight of the shipment and the distance between the pickup and delivery locations. 

When cross border movers estimate your moving costs, they consider several factors. They calculate the load weight and the exact distance to your final destination. They then multiply the numbers by that company’s rate per pound or mile. 

Moving across borders is a serious undertaking and you don’t want any surprise costs at the end of your move. So you’ll need to get an accurate cost estimate of your move and that means a visual survey of your belongings. A representative of your chosen moving company should do a walk-through of your home to figure out the approximate weight of items, and discuss any access issues, special packaging and handling requirements, insurance coverage, and other details. After that discussion, the moving company will send you a cost estimate that should closely approximate your final moving costs. 


Additional Charges When Hiring a Moving Company

Professional moving companies will charge extra fees if you use any special services or equipment for your move. These include:

  • Packing services and materials: You’ll need to pay extra to get your items professionally packed.
  • Disassembly and reassembly of furniture: If your move entails taking apart large furniture pieces for safe transport, then that attracts extra fees.
  • Handling of bulky items: Do you have very heavy or oversized items like pianos and pool tables? Then you’ll need to pay extra for your move.
  • Appliance servicing: You’ll need to pay more if you need help disconnecting and setting up certain household electrical appliances.
  • Hoisting of household items: If some of your items can’t get through the doors or along the hallways or stairways,  then you’ll need to hoist them. This involves using a rope-and-pulley-rigging system to lift them out of and into a property via the windows. 
  • Stairs: Yes, you’ll need to pay extra for moving out of, and into properties with stairs. This also applies in the case of high residential buildings with elevators (since movers will need to keep waiting for an empty elevator). You will need to pay a flight charge or an elevator fee.
  • Physically carrying items over a long distance: If the moving truck can’t park close to your home, then that fact will cost you. When movers need to carry your household items over a distance more than 50-75 feet, you’ll need to pay a long carry fee. 
  • Shuttle services: If your geographical location cannot accommodate the easy access of a large moving truck, then you’ll need to pay for shuttle services. This means that your items are picked up (or delivered) using smaller moving vehicles. 
  • Split pickup and/or delivery: If your items need to be picked up from several different locations, you’ll need to pay extra. Also, if a part of your shipment has to be unloaded at your new home and another part elsewhere, you will pay extra for your move.  
  • Storage: You also pay extra if you need to store your belongings in the carrier’s warehouse for some time.
  • Insurance: We recommend getting full-value protection insurance. This will come in handy if you’re shipping particularly delicate household items.
  • The time of year: You also need to remember that moving companies may charge up to 20% more than their standard rates during peak moving season (from May to September). Also, moves during the weekends, on national holidays, or the first or last few days of a month tend to cost more. So choose your moving date and logistics wisely. 
  • Cross border transaction fees: This fee is attached to the processing of credit card payments from one country for services in another country. These are fees for both outbound and inbound transfers of property, stock, financial, or commercial assets between related persons across the border. 

Moving to Cabo San Lucas? Choose US Border Movers!

Why are cross border moves so expensive? Now you have the answer to this question. So if you are moving from the USA to Cabo San Lucas (or any other location in Mexico), you need an experienced moving company. US Border Movers has successfully moved countless families across the US-Mexico border. So let us do all the heavy lifting and deal with the rigors of moving to your new home. Contact us today for a free estimate of your move. Let’s get you settled into your Cabo San Lucas home with zero hassles.