Once you have decided to move and have researched moving companies, the next big step is getting an estimate. We recommend getting three (3) in-home estimates. This means having a representative from three different moving companies come to your home to do a survey. Be wary of companies that will only provide over the phone estimates, this can be a red flag.
There are two types of estimates; binding and non-binding. A binding estimate gives the total cost of the move in advance. This includes all transportation costs and other services that may be needed. Only the items and services listed on the binding estimate are included in the price.
If you decide to move more or less items, a new estimate would be needed before the move date. A non-binding estimate is the most common type of estimate and is based on the weight of the items being moved. This allows for flexibility in the amount of items being moved. The total cost will include valuation, transportation charges, and any additional services. The final charges may be different from the original estimate. It is important to understand which estimate you are receiving so you will be aware of how the price may be affected if you need to make changes such as adding additional services, discarding large items of furniture from your home or changing your move date.
Be cautious of simply going with the lowest priced estimate. If one estimate is significantly lower than the other two, it could be another red flag. Getting a hard copy of the estimate will help to accurately compare prices. Since there are different factors that affect the pricing on the estimate it is important to make sure each estimate includes the same types of charges so it can be compared apples to apples. This includes valuation, fuel surcharges and extra services such as a shuttle or storage. Small differences can also make a difference in the final price such as full packing or packing on your own. Also be aware of the life of your estimate. In other words, an estimate received in early April for a July move may end up differing in price if you wait until June to book the move.
Truly understanding your estimates will help you to make the best and most economical choice for your move. If you don’t understand something on your estimate or feel something isn’t right, don’t hesitate to ask questions!
Andrews has many options when it comes to moving and our trained in-home surveyors will be able to offer the best solutions for your move. If you’re ready to get a quote, contact us to schedule your free in-home survey.