Choosing a Professional Mover
Choosing a professional mover is an important part of the moving process to ensure success. If possi...
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Getting an Estimate for your Move

When planning a move and locating a mover it is extremely important that you take the time to shop around, compare companies and receive estimates. This will help to ensure you are getting the best price, best service and best mover for the job. Be aware that pricing can differ slightly from one mover to the next and prices can also vary from one time of the year to the next. Summer is usually the busiest time of the year for movers due to the fact that most people want to move when their kids are out of school. Still, since it is important to be able to anticipate the cost of your move, it is imperative that you take the time to get estimates up front. Always make sure you obtain a written estimate from at least three different companies in order to compare prices and services then arrive at an educated decision.

Be aware that the cost of an interstate move, when you move between states, is typically based on the weight of your items as well as the distance they will be shipped. If other services are added, such as packing, there will be additional charges.

You can assist in the estimate by providing accurate information to the movers. You will usually be required to show the movers every item that is to be moved. This means everything in all the main areas of the home plus items in the garage, attic, shed, closets and any items that may be hidden away under the bed, etc. as well. If you forget to inform the mover about items you run the very real risk of having surprises on your bill you weren’t expecting. You also must make a decision regarding how much packing you will undertake and how much the mover will be responsible for handling. Be aware that most surprises on the bill stem from packing that individuals plan to do but then never actually get around to handling. On the day of the move, the mover must take care of it and that results in higher charges than were originally on the estimate.

Make sure you understand whether the estimate you receive is binding or non-binding. Remember that a binding estimate is guaranteed for both you and the mover. Even if the shipment ends up weighing more or less than the estimated amount you only pay the amount in the estimate. Of course, if you add services or items at the end, the charges will be higher. A non-binding estimate is not guaranteed. If the shipment ends up weighing more than estimated, your bill will be higher.

There is also another type of estimate that is known as a not-to-exceed estimate. With this type of estimate, the price is based on either the actual cost or the binding estimate. Whichever one is lower is the final price you will pay.

When you obtain your estimate make sure you ask about payment options. Be aware that it is quite customary for movers to only accept cash, money order or certified check. This is because it is too hard to collect on a bad check or canceled credit card charge. Always ask up front exactly what payment options are accepted by the mover in question.

By taking the time to obtain a number of estimates up front, making sure you know what kind of estimate is being provided to you, which services are covered under the estimate and which payment options are accepted, you will decrease the risk of an unpleasant surprise when it comes time to pay the final bill for your move.
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