You Will Pay A Lot More If You Underestimate Your Household Moving Job

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Nobody likes unpleasant surprises during bedroom moving or complete household shipping, especially when those surprises involve moving costs!

When getting estimates on their household shipping jobs, people frequently underestimate the amount of stuff they have or the difficulty of moving the items. This can easily result in significant unexpected charges and delays.

Give Me Some Space!

Underestimating space requirements is an easy mistake to make, since the average person is a bit fuzzy on how much space a moving trailer has, and how much space their items will take up. So the first — and biggest — problem to avoid is telling the moving company you have, say, half a truckload of items. Then on moving day, it’s discovered that you need a truck and a half. Extra moving costs are racked up quickly now:

  • The mover has to reschedule pickup and delivery for the other customer(s) they expected to fill out the truck — that’s going to cost you.
  • The mover needs to bring a second truck — that obviously adds cost, and it can be substantial.
  • The above scheduling issues can cause delays and possible storage costs, again adding unexpected line items to your final bill.
  • More boxes, packing materials and more labor will be needed to load, stow and unload your items — all of which do not come free and will justifiably be added to your bill.

The best way to avoid underestimating space: Take photos of ALL the items involved in your household shipping job, write a quick inventory of the pictured items, and send them to the moving company well in advance of the pickup date. This is as close to foolproof as you can get to ensuring the mover dedicates the right amount of truck space to your job and thus stays true to its estimate.

2 Other Big Underestimating Issues With Household Shipping Jobs

Avoiding space requirement underestimates is job number one, but there are still two other big traps to avoid:

  • Underestimating the difficulty of handling your items. We specialize in heavy, odd-shaped and otherwise hard-to-handle items — we can tell you from experience, it’s often no easy task to get an entertainment center, piano or bedroom set out of a house or apartment (this is why bedroom moving sometimes gives people sticker shock). Narrow hallways, stairways, elevators, delicate surfaces requiring extra padding — all of these things add time, packing materials and cost. In some (rare) cases, we’ve had to bring in hoists to move items too large to fit through doors, and had to be taken out through windows. Again, photos of items help movers help you contain costs, or at minimum let you know exactly what you’re in for.

Underestimating the value of your items. We also move a lot of antiques and other valuables; be sure they are adequately insured, or you will expose yourself to potentially disastrous additional costs. Moving companies carry insurance, but policy terms and coverage amounts vary. Many people think they are protected when they aren’t, so please go over the details with your moving company well in advance. We provide carrier liability coverage at no cost, and we offer additional coverage at reasonable rates to ensure you are getting full coverage.

Transit Systems has built its reputation on transparent, detailed and accurate estimates. We want you to know what your moving costs are in advance, so the only surprises you have at the end of the move are pleasant ones. Contact us now for an estimate, or with any questions you may have. We’d love an opportunity to help you!

Don’t Make These Costly Freight Shipping Mistakes

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Freight shipping is expensive enough without adding to the cost by making avoidable mistakes! Even experienced shippers routinely shoot themselves in the foot by committing these shipping mistakes, so please review this checklist. It will help you make your shipment on time at the lowest possible cost.


Costly Shipping Mistakes: A Checklist

1. Weigh accurately. Don’t guestimate the weight of your shipment. Instead, weigh it or determine its weight by checking with the manufacturer or retailer. Your LTL (less-than-truckload) freight carrier will re-weigh the item, and sometimes charge extra if there is a difference. Read More

Freight Logistics And Market Trends

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Freight Shipping Logistics And Market Trends

The freight logistics industry is growing, changing and adapting at a fast and furious rate — because it has to. The first step in gaining freight logistics insight is to get a sense of the factors around freight shipping logistics that are having such an impact on the business.


The World Is Changing, and So Is Freight Logistics

Among the significant market trends affecting the logistics industry: Read More

Ways To Expedite Freight Shipping

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Customers always want to maintain the lowest possible freight shipping costs, but when a rush shipment rears its ugly head, customers often experience extreme sticker shock when they investigate freight shipping quotes.


Expedited freight shipments need not be a budget-buster, however. There are things you can do as a shipper to reduce the expense, getting your item to its destination on time at a reasonable price. Here are the most important steps you can take. Read More

The Future Of Freight Shipping In 2017 And Beyond

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The freight shipping industry has a tough road ahead in 2017, but there is reason to think the next several years could bring relief. In this article, we’ll take a look at the big challenges for the upcoming few years and how they will affect freight shipping best practices.

future-freight-shipping-2017The Big Unknown: The Economy

The health of the freight shipping industry is largely dependent on a robust economy, which fuels growth for the entire transportation industry. At the time of this writing, macroeconomic forecasting is practically impossible, given the numerous and far-reaching issues that are very much unsettled. Read More

How Density Affects Freight Class

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How Density Affects Freight Class


“Lorraine, my density has brought me to you.” — George McFly, “Back to the Future”

George McFly may have misspoken, but for LTL freight shipments, density indeed plays a huge role in bringing items to you.

The basis of LTL freight shipping rates is the freight class, a system developed and overseen by the National Motor Freight Traffic Association (NMFTA). Read More

Recent Air Freight Shipping Trends

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Air freight shipping has one big advantage: speed. For emergency shipments, rush shipments, international shipments and shipments to geographically remote areas (e.g., Alaska), air shipment’s advantages make the additional cost a win-win value for shipper and receiver. Here is an overview of recent air freight shipping trends.


Healthy Growth … So Far

While the national and global economies have been sputtering, air freight is performing reasonably well. Read More

How Weather Impacts Your Freight Shipments

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Extreme weather causes shipping delays and disrupts shipment planning, not only in the affected area, but also with a ripple effect that can extend throughout the country. Extremely cold temperatures, floods, hurricanes, forest fires, earthquakes, tornadoes and other weather events are a fact of life, but there are steps you can take to protect your items and keep your LTL (less-than-truckload) shipment on schedule.

weather-impactHow Weather Affects Freight Shippers

Extreme weather disrupts freight shipping in all sorts of ways. First and foremost, weather events can cause accidents on the road, compromising the safety of drivers and the integrity of their cargos. Read More

A Review Of The Freight Shipping Industry So Far In 2016

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We have passed the halfway point of 2016 while weathering the global economic roller coaster in the beginning of the year. Taking a look back, we have seen some changes in regard to freight transportation and consumer spending. While we have to take into account that market conditions ebb and flow based on the season and customer buying trends, there is consistent data showing some interesting trends that need to be monitored in the coming months, from the significant increase in the amount of freight shipped to the decline of growth in the trucking industry.

industry-review-2016Freight Shipping Starting to Warm Up This Summer

Something to take note of regarding the economic market is that there have been employment and wage increases across the country, although things can change from one month to the next and make it feel like a ball bobbing up and down in the water. Read More

5 Quick Freight Savings Tips For Shippers

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How to Get Low Freight Costs

If you are going to be making an LTL (less-than-truckload) freight shipment, you may experience “sticker shock” when you get shipping cost estimates. A lot of factors go into determining your final shipping cost — some, like fuel costs, are out of your control, but others are things you can do something about. Here are five freight shipping tips to reduce the bill.


Freight Savings Tip 1: Consolidate

By bundling, boxing or palletizing items, you make it easier for the LTL shipper to handle and stow your shipment, resulting in a lower cost. For example, shipping four chairs individually is obviously clumsier than stacking four chairs and banding them into a single unit — the shipper has one piece to handle instead of four, and uses less space in the trailer. Read More

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