It doesn’t matter who you are, where you live, or what you do – the rise in fuel costs over the last few years has affected your life in some way.
The cost of gas definitely affects your daily commute, heating your house in the winter and even things you might not consider, like buying groceries and entertainment. In fact, gas prices can even affect the cost of your relocation, as it does affect many moving companies directly.
Generally speaking, moving companies are certainly feeling the pinch these days. Why? Simply put, fuel costs are typically incorporated into the daily operations of any moving company. Just think about it; moving companies travel back and forth for in-home estimates and quotes, packing up and loading of the truck, and transporting the shipments. Today’s higher fuel costs are cutting into the already small profit margin that moving companies have.
Since the beginning of 2008, the price of diesel fuel has increased by about 30% – and most moving trucks run on diesel. Sure, gasoline has also increased – by almost 20% – but not as many trucks run on gasoline. So, how do these higher prices affect your move? Simple – your move will cost more than it would have a couple of years ago.
Remember, moving companies pass on the fuel surcharge onto the consumer – that’s you! However, in the long run, this slight increase might not be too big a deal. Hiring the right moving company can still save you a lot of time, money and frustration.