Moving goods, such as radiators, is sometimes impossible with your own car. For large quantities, heavy goods or goods with strange or too large dimensions, you’ll need a van. You can rent it and move the radiators yourself, or you can use a professional transport company for this. Often these are cheaper and you can use extra services, such as help with loading and unloading.
The price you pay for moving your radiators is determined by the distance and the quantity. Moving companies often charge an hourly rate, which means that the longer it takes to load, drive and unload, the more expensive the price will be. You’ll often have to pay a surcharge if you need an extra mover. In the following table you’ll find an indication of the prices for the transport of your radiators. This includes the van, help with loading and unloading, moving equipment and transport costs.
|Transport company service||Average cost|
|Standard size van and 1 mover||$50 per hour|
|Extra mover||$20 per hour|
|Larger van and 1 mover||$65 per hour|
|Extra mover||$30 per hour|
The cheapest option: if you have a small number of radiators that need to be transported over a short distance, it won’t break the bank. Loading and unloading will be quick and so will the transport itself. If it doesn’t take more than 2 hours, you can have your radiators taken to the intended location for just over $110.
An extra mover: if you can’t help out yourself, you can hire an extra mover. Sometimes this can be cheaper than one mover, because loading and unloading is faster. It’s best to calculate this for yourself. A standard size van including 2 movers will cost about $90 per hour.
A big load: if you have many radiators and they don’t fit in a 20 m3 van, the next size is often 50 m3. You pay more per hour and an extra mover increases the price as well. For $120 per hour you can use a larger van with two movers.
The price structure
Transport companies often charge a certain amount per hour, with all cost items are already included. You pay the time it takes for the van from base to base. The driving time is taken into account, but so is the trip back to the company. The transport company usually calculates 30 percent for loading, 40 percent for transport and 30 percent for unloading the goods. You won’t know this because you pay a fixed amount per hour. Calculate if it’s cheaper to rent a van and transport the radiators yourself. Perhaps you can borrow a van from someone in your area. In the latter case, you will be able to save money. Renting a van can sometimes be more expensive than using a transport company. The following diagram shows the price structure.
Choices that influence the price
Unless you have your own van, it’s difficult to save on the bare costs for a transport company. This service is often fairly expensive. However, there are choices that influence the price and that you can control yourself. Here are a few of them.
The longer it takes, the more you pay. The distance the radiators have to travel has a major influence on the price. For example, if you are buying them online, you can influence the price by searching for them as close as possible to the place of destination. Agree with yourself on a maximum mileage range to keep costs down.
The number of movers
It seems to be more expensive to use multiple movers, but this doesn’t necessarily have to be the case. If you have a large load that only needs to travel a short distance, you can save time on loading and unloading with an extra pair of helping hands. In some cases this can be even cheaper.
Do it yourself
Could you borrow a bus from someone? Then moving yourself is cheaper. You only pay for the petrol and have no other costs. If you don’t have a bus available, then renting a bus is often more expensive than using a transport company.
Interesting savings tips
Transport companies are already using competitive prices. It is difficult to save on this. Here are a few tips that can keep the price down.
- Help out: by helping the movers yourself you can reduce the time it takes to move the radiators. Make sure that loading can be done swiftly by getting the radiators ready. Help with loading and unloading and provide a good and clear route description. avoiding rush hour will get you to your destination quickest.
- Calculate everything: if you are dealing with a tight budget, you can save money by looking at all the possibilities and calculate extensively. Is it cheaper to hire an extra mover? What is the best strategic location for the transport company? How much does it cost to rent a van yourself? These kinds of questions can help you find the cheapest solution for your specific situation.
The best way to save money and find out what the exact costs will be is to start requesting quotations. You can do this quickly and easily with our comparison tool. This tool will get you several quotations from transport companies in your area. You can then compare these with your own research and against each other in order to find the best transport options for moving your radiators.