Getting and Using Moving Quotes
Jason Rider, Financial Consultant, MovingCompanies.us Staff
Moving is a huge undertaking that can take a lot of time and effort. In fact, this single event can quickly become one of the biggest events in your entire life. Because there is so much going on, it is important that you make sure of the choices you are making. Choosing the right company to move your things is vital, and getting moving quotes from multiple companies in your local area, or in the area where you will be moving to, can be the only thing that stands between you and disaster.
What is this?
Moving quotes are simply a statement from a company letting you know how much your move will cost. These quotes can range anywhere from very accurate to a simple ballpark figure. Different companies prepare their estimates in different ways. While some companies will just give you a quote based on the distance of the move and the number of rooms in your current home, other companies are happy to send a representative out to your home in order to see exactly what needs to be moved. Obviously, getting quotes for your move is something that will take some time and effort on your part, but with so many moving scams out there these days, it is almost the single most vital step that you can take in protecting your things and your money when you have to relocate to a new home. Don’t skip or skimp on this step if you want to make it through the process in one piece!
How to Find Them
There are hundreds of different moving companies out there, and thus, finding the one that is right for your move can be rather confusing. The easiest way to do this is to start with a long list of companies that function in your area. From here, request a relocation estimate from each of these companies. This estimate will enable you to see if the company is competitive in pricing and willing to provide services that you need. Never sit down to compare moving quotes from less than five different companies; having at least five different estimates will allow you to see trends in pricing, which can help you spot blatantly fraudulent companies from the get go. The last thing you want to do is rush into choosing a company only to find out that they will later hold your goods random. Take an extra moment and get multiple quotes; you can get them all at once simply by filling in the short form located at the top of this page and get your move quickly on the path to success right now!
Factors Considered in Your Estimate
There are many different factors that are considered when a relocation company provides you with an price. It is important that you keep in mind that each company is different, however, and you need to make sure that all aspects of your move are included in any price quote that you receive. Here is a basic list of things you should ask about so that you know you will be getting an estimate that accurately reflects just how much it will cost to move your things:
Packing Services: Make sure that you ask if the company includes packing services and supplies. You should request that this is included unless you are sure that you want to pack on your own. Keep in mind that many moving companies may not cover your goods under their insurance valuation coverage unless they are the ones to pack them.
Distance: Make sure that you provide detailed addresses to the movers that you request estimates from. This allows them to calculate the exact distance between your starting point and your destination. A few extra miles driven can add to the final price of the move and providing this information does not take much time or effort.
Storage or Delivery: If you need to store your goods before you move them into your new home, then you need to make sure to let the movers know. They will either be able to provide an idea on storage service costs, or they will be able to tell you how much it will cost you to deliver your things to a storage facility of your choice. They may also work with storage facilities in the area, thereby offering discounts that you might not have had access to otherwise.
Stairs and other Charges: Make sure that you tell the company if there are any stairs or other obstacles in your current or new residence. In many cases there is an extra charge for hauling things up or down staircases. There may also be other charges that a given company has. Ask them if there is anything else that they might charge you extra for so that you can be financially prepared to bear the brunt of the moving costs.
Making Sure of Accuracy
Everyone who is relocating should create a moving budget to help things remain affordable. In order to make sure that you stay within your budget when you move, it is vital that you get an accurate estimate for the services that you will require. Furthermore, make sure that you request a binding price quote from the companies you are interested in hiring. This will keep them from offering a very low price just to get your business. You can also request a clause in your contract that states all services included will not exceed a particular cost. It is important that you verify all the services you require are included in the contract before you sign anything though. Remember that extra services, such as packing or storage, will require an extra fee or bid. Take time to read over everything so that there are no surprises when you arrive at your new home.
Getting an Accurate Estimate
There are a few simple things that you need to keep in mind if you want to get an estimate that is as close as possible to what the actual cost is going to be. As this is, in the end, the goal, consider the following:
Inventory:Take a careful inventory of all furniture and estimate how many boxes will be needed to pack your other goods. Relay this information to the company representative. Inversely, allow a moving company representative to come to your home to see just what you are moving so that they can offer you an even more accurate quote.
Provide the Details: While giving actual addresses to the movers before they give you a quote has been mentioned already, be sure to provide that and any other details you can think of so that there really are no surprises when you meet the movers on move-in day. Again, inviting a representative into your home can often take care of anything you might have otherwise forgotten.
Binding Quotes: Request a binding quote. When you opt for a binding estimate, a representative comes out to your home to see what goods you actually have. Most good movers are happy to provide this service free of charge, though some companies do expect a fee. Much like some other unscrupulous practices, demanding a fee be paid for the binding estimate process is something you should see as a red flag warning you to avoid that company. Requesting a binding estimate will ensure that the final price you receive from the company is binding. This way they will not be able to quote you a low price and charge you a much higher one.
Using Relocation Estimates
Once you have received multiple estimates from the companies that you are interested in, you will be able to eliminate some of the companies from the list that you’ve created. It is important to keep notes regarding the dealings that you have had with each of the companies as well, as you do not want to trust your things to a company that gave you a bad impression. While the moving quote process only gives you a glimpse of a company, first impressions are always important. If a company was difficult, or if the representative was rude or distracted, you may want to err on the side of caution even if that company offered a lower quote. Chances are they might end up costing you more in the long run.
Don't be afraid to ask a company for a more information. As a potential customer, you should always come first. Remember, if a company is not willing to take the time to provide you with this free service, then they probably won't be willing to provide you with the relocation services you need either. By following these simple steps, you can ensure that you are starting the relocation process on the right foot.
Are you ready to take this first step? Simply fill out our two step form in order to receive multiple moving quotes today, and get on the right track for a pleasant move today!