Packers and Movers rates

Packers and Movers Charges

Sandeep Sanikommu
12th September 2016

How to estimate packers and movers charges?

Are you planning out for a movie? Do you know what is the price of a ticket?

  — Absolutely yes. You can check at Bookmyshow.

Are you traveling from Hyderabad to Bangalore? Do you know how much they charge? 

 — Absolutely yes. You can check at Makemytrip. 

Are you shifting a house? Do you know how much packers and movers charge?   

 — Majority of the people answer would be NO.

And do you know any platform that is gonna help you out? Probably no idea?

Since packers and movers industry is highly disjoint and opaque from ages, this more than $2 Billion dollar industry is infiltrated with technology and there are no standards needed to start this business.

Today, most customers are unfamiliar with the standard moving process and safety. This lack of knowledge could potentially cost them more money and stress than imagined.

At Migrera - After successfully making thousands of house shifting in Hyderabad in the past few months, we gleaned different customer experiences, packing quality and movers work at a microscopic level.

We meld above data to formulate the movers and packers charges which will give you a fair idea about the cost you need to pay for the reliable and professional services.

After slicing and dicing the data, analyzing multiple data points and vetting with the shifting experts we identified more than 10 major factors:

1. Household goods

2. Distance

3. Packing

4. Manpower required

5. Physical Activity involved while loading and unloading

6. Shifting timings

7. Insurance

8. Additional Services

9. Taxes

10. Vehicle type

11. Storage

12. Tips

packers and movers charges

Let’s go through the process how these factors sum up to the cost

Local House Shifting ( within City )

Household goods:

The Household goods volume decides the type of truck needed for your shifting.

A truck can range from small Tata Ace to 18 feet DCM. Price can range from Rs 1000 to 3500 and on number of trips.

Packing:

In the local movements as the transit time is hardly 1 -2 hours the chances of goods getting damaged is very minimal. 

Usually, packing is done only for the fragile, electronic items and kitchen crockery is wrapped with papers and will be packed in cardboard boxes.

This kind of packing approximately costs around  Rs 1000 to Rs 3500.

*Packing of furniture and other items may cost additional which depends on the quantity of packing material used.

Manpower:

These people are the one who takes possession of your goods. They pack, load, unpack them. Professional Staff usually charges Rs 400-500/person. Normally, below are the manpower required for a house shifting.

House Type Men Required Price
1 BHK 2 800-1000
2 BHK 4 1600-2000
3 BHK 5 2000-2500

Additional Services: Optional

Packers and movers don't deal with assembling and disassembling of the electronic items. If you need, they can facilitate an electrician on the move day.

AC assemble and disassemble LCD mount at new home Geyser mount at new home
Rs 1500–1800 Rs 400– 400 Rs 400– 400

Physical Activity Involved: Optional

When the elevator is not available or when the distance between the truck and your house is greater that 50 Meters or when roping is required. An amount of Rs 500 to Rs 1000 will add up.

Shifting Timings: Optional

In the city vehicle mobility is restricted from 8.00 am to 12.00 noon and 4.00 pm. to 9.00 pm. When you need to shift between these timings you need to pay a Chalan of Rs 600.

Tips:Optional

Most of the shifting staff ask for a tip at the end. Usually Rs 50–100/person.

Cost of movers and packers - Local house shifting

After evaluating more than 6000+ local house shifting quotes from different trusted packers and movers, counting customer experiences, household safety and quality of the staff, these are the mean prices for shifting based on house type.

House hold volume Transport Packing Labor Approx Total
1 BHK (Standard - Big) Rs 1000 - 2000 Rs 1000 - 2000 Rs 1000 - 1500 Rs 3000 - 4500
2 BHK (Standard - Big) Rs 1500 - 4000 Rs 1500 - 2500 Rs 1500 - 4000 Rs 4500 - 10500
3 BHK and 3 BHK+ (Standard - Big) Rs 4000 - 6000 Rs 4000 - 5000 Rs 2500 - 3500 Rs 10500 - 14500

Optional

Added them as per your needs.

Additional Services Physical Activity Involved Shift Timings Tips
Rs 1500-1800 Rs 500-1000 Rs 600 Rs 500

Do you still feel something still missing here?  You are right!

Distance.

Did I miss it?

NO.

It doesn't matter in most of the situations.

Let us clear the point. If you are shifting from Banjara Hills to Madhapur it's merely ~20km. It doesn't take more than 3 LTR of diesel ( approx Rs 146). Am I clear now?  Even your shifting distance is 1 km or 10 km still the logistic cost remains same.

Except

If you are shifting from one floor to the other within the same apartment block then transport cost is reduced.

InterCity (City to City)

Distance.

It’s not only the distance that decides the cost, but also the city you transporting to.

To explain it, If you are shifting a 2BHK from Hyderabad to Bangalore a shared truck would cost you around Rs 14k - 20k. If you are shifting the same 2BHK from Hyderabad to Nagpur it would cost you around 15.5k to 21k. Even the distance is same, demand to the outwards destination brings down the cost.

Vehicle Type:

It depends on the vehicle type you prefer to choose - Shared or Dedicated truck

If you opt for a shared truck, the truck gets shared between 2 to 3 households and the delivery may take little longer time than usual but the prices are definitely reasonable.  

If you want your delivery  to be fast or don’t want to share the truck one should opt for Dedicated truck. It will cost you additional Rs 5000 - 15000 more based on the distance.

Transportation will contribute  >50% of the cost.

Packing:

Needless to say about the road conditions in India. Transit time ∝ Damage to goods. so the packing must be done carefully especially the glass, electronic, furniture and crockery items. Both the quantity and quality packing used is lot more than the local shifting.

It may cost from Rs 3000 - 8000 for the standard items. If you have any special and delicate artifacts it can add up to Rs 10000.

It takes up 30% of the cost.

Unpacking:

In Long Haul movements unpacking is not done at the destination city. Only a few pan India vendors do unpacking at the destination city.Extra charges are applicable for this.

It can cost around Rs 1000–4000.

Packing, loading, unloading and unpacking will contribute approx 20–25% of the cost.

Other Taxes:

The truck has to cross borders and pass through state highways so the standard toll charges impact your transportation charge. In few states octroi charges are applicable.

Insurance: Optional

Insurance is an optional thing but it is always advisable to take insurance for a non-local movement.

With the kind of track record our country had got in road accidents, we advise you to take insurance at least for your valuable goods if not for complete household.

It will cost you 3% of the declared goods value. Most packers and movers make insurance as mandatory.

Storage: Optional

If you still didn’t find the address in the new location. Professional packers and movers will provide storage solution on day wise. Most of them will provide free storage for 15 days. And they charge a nominal price of Rs 100-250/day if you need for additonal days.

Other optionals like addition services, tips, service taxes, docket charge would be added as per needs.

Packers and movers rates - Long Haul.

Pricing is more dynamic than the local moves. Unlike local moves, many factors determine the price. Below are the mean values based on the goods volume and the destination.

Remember logistic cost involved in non-local moves is relatively high. Even you have couple of boxes to shift to Pune from Hyderabad. It will most you around Rs 3500 - 4000 for a door to door delivery.

Long Haul Movements Shared Truck Direct Truck (14-16 feet)
Hyderabad to Bangalore (1BHK-2BHK) Rs 12000 - 17000 Rs 24000-25000
Hyderabad to Pune (1BHK-2BHK) Rs 12000 - 17000 Rs 24000-25000
Hyderabad to Delhi (1BHK-2BHK) Rs 15000 - 25000 Rs 32000-35000
Hyderabad to Chennai (1BHK-2BHK) Rs 14000 - 18000 Rs 24000-26000
Hyderabad to Mumbai (1BHK-2BHK) Rs 14000 - 18000 Rs 25000-26000

Note: These mean values are inclusive of all taxes. Excluding insurance, car transport.

On top of these,  factors like brand value ( agarwal packers and movers or Leo packers and movers ) hike prices at least by 30% to 40%.

If you don’t want to pick a big brands, but want to experience superior pre and post customer support and tracking it would cost you 10% more than the market.

While speaking to our customers lot of them are confused about the moving industry price variation. And they face a lot of hardship choosing the reliable packers as per their needs.

Migrera - A Booking engine can actively find you a best one, the right at the best price. From providing you with all the right information to offering unbiased comparisons, we do it all. Hey, Do you know? you don't even need to engage with the relocation services provider yourself. We take care for you!