Cut Moving Weight, Cut Moving Cost

If you are planning to move out of state or planning a long distance move within a state, you can cut your moving costs by cutting your total truck weight. Usually, moving companies base their total moving costs on three factors:

  • the number and volume of stuff you are moving,
  • the total weight of your stuff and
  • the distance to be traveled by the moving truck to reach your new home.

How will your moving company measure the weight of your stuff?
On moving day, the moving company driver will weigh the moving truck before being loaded with your stuff. This will be the base weight or tare weight of the truck. After the truck is filled with your stuff, the driver will again weigh his truck to get the gross weight. The difference between the gross weight and the tare weight will be the weight of your stuff.

In many instances, moving companies load stuff owned by several households moving to the same destination or by the same route into a large moving truck. They do this to save on costs and be able to quote competitive rates to customers. To ensure that your moving weight record is not mistakenly mixed up with the others, take the time to be present during weigh-ins.

What are some of the terms that you must check in your weight tickets?
Tare weight refers to the weight of a truck or any other vehicle when it has no load. Gross weight refers to the combined weight of the truck and the weight of its load. Net weight refers to the difference between gross weight and tare weight. Trucks also display marking plates that contain information on their tare weights.

If you think that you have lots of heavy stuff, you might want to consider hiring moving services that calculate moving costs not by the weight of your stuff but by the space occupied by your stuff.

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