Moving Blog
November 27, 2023

Things to Ask When Getting a Moving Estimate

preparing to moveBy Julie DeLong, A-1 Freeman Moving Group 

Moving to is a major deal. No matter if you're moving down the street or a fair distance, there is a lot of tasks and also specifics that have to be handled. Finding a professional mover can help ease a portion of the strain, however where do you even start in finding the ideal local or long-distance moving company for your requirements? It’s essential to talk to a number of movers and compare prices before signing a contract with just any moving company. Having said that, it can be more intricate than simply giving them a call and inquiring what they would charge for the move. Different local moving companies have got different levels of service and various services are contained in their standard quote. So, it is very important to check each quote and take time to know what is and what's not contained in them to enable you to carry out an “apples-to-apples” comparison. Listed here are a few things to ask while you are accumulating and analyzing moving estimates.

1) Which services are extra?

Not a soul enjoys surprises on the subject of moving, particularly if those surprises happen to be in the shape of charges on your bill. A substantial oversight that lots of people make is assuming that everything required is automatically bundled in your moving estimate. Run over each line of the quotation and make sure that you comprehend what is and what's not included and determine that your needs are covered. If anything you require is not included, request it to be included with the estimation. Be sure to accomplish this with every moving company you are interested in using so that you can effectively evaluate quotes.

2) What is the valuation of the goods?

Let's be honest. Professional movers are human beings and regardless of their very best efforts, accidental damage can occur once in a while. Valuation may help address the price of fixing or replacing broken things. A lot of moving companies offer you various levels of valuation for your move with the lowest cost valuation package paying a flat rate per pound for damaged belongings, so ensure that you understand what level of valuation is included in your quote. It may be beneficial to also contact your insurance agent to learn if your things may be protected during your move using your homeowner’s policy.

3) Is this a binding or non-binding estimate?

It’s advisable to obtain either an in-person or video quote so that the moving company estimator is able to see your belongings and estimate their weight and also the amount of cartons that you will need. If you get a binding estimate, it should include all charges and should help to ensure that your price isn't going to exceed the quoted total. If it isn’t something that you and the local moving company estimator have talked about, be sure and ask if the quote is going to be binding or non-binding.

4) What about payment?

It’s imperative that you understand payment timing in addition to acceptable methods. Make sure to check out if you have to put down a deposit. It isn't unheard of for moving companies to need a portion of the overall bill to be paid upon loading with the remainder due once the job is completed. In addition, you’ll want to discover what payment methods the moving company takes. The majority of companies accept credit cards, however some may require a check or cash. When you're paying by check, find out whether or not a personal check can be permitted or if you need a cashier’s check. The last thing you need is to be not prepared and have to go to the bank at the last second, in an definitely hectic time.

We would like you to feel entirely at ease with the selection of moving company, and that's why we invite you to ask as many questions as you wish. If you are prepared to get moving on your move, get in touch with A-1 Freeman Moving Group today to ask for an estimate.

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