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Understanding Your Moving Quote

Getting a moving quote is the first important step towards making your move as easy and stress-free as possible. As we have discussed in previous blogs, there are many important steps that should be taken when getting a moving estimate, such as always getting an in-house quote, requesting your mover's D.O.T. number, and being informed about sub-contractors. In today's blog, the topic is quite simple. Always review your moving quote(s) in detail to assure you understand all of the charges.

There are a number of factors that can determine the final dollar amount of your moving estimate. Companies can charge based on the total number of rooms being moved, or strictly look at how many goods and/or pieces of equipment are being relocated, and use the total weight or volume of said goods to arrive at an estimate. There are other charges to take note of as well, such as any storage or cleaning charges, or if the moving company charges for moving boxes. All of these charges can fluctuate depending on what type of estimate you agree to.

There are three basic kinds of moving estimates that consumers should be aware of, as the type of estimate you receive could greatly affect the amount you actually pay. The first kind of estimate is the Binding Not-To-Exceed estimate, which stipulates that should your final weight exceed that which was found in your initial appointment, you still only pay for the previously agreed upon total. The second type of estimate is the Binding estimate, which basically means you and the mover agree upon a price before the move, and you pay that price regardless of what the actual weight ends up being. The last kind of estimate is the Non-Binding estimate, which states you will pay based on whatever the actual weight of the move was. It can go up or down from the original estimate.

This is why it is important to review your moving quote before proceeding with your move. You need to be aware of and understand everything you will be charged for, and you need to be sure you are getting the type of estimate that is the most beneficial and cost-effective. Moving is a big enough project, so getting what you pay for, and avoiding unnecessary fees is a simple but important step towards making sure your move is less hectic.

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