What to Expect to See in Moving Quotes
ple once you understand how pricing is determined, either local or long distance. Your moving specialist or estimator will need accurate and detailed information from you to be able to offer an estimate. You will need to show or tell about every item that you expect moved. This includes items in a storage locker, items in the garage, basement and attic, shed, and garden furniture, as well.
Local moving quotes differ from long distance. Local moves are typically considered within 100 miles of transport, and are usually billed hourly. Variables will be the number of men required and sometimes the number of trucks, especially if it is a larger home. If there are multiple trucks or multiple trips, drive times are usually assigned to each one. A typical local moving estimate includes drive time to your home, packing and the packing material costs, loading the truck, driving to the new home, unloading the truck and any additional circumstances that have been requested. For example, a homeowner might request assistance in adjusting the furniture around while deciding which position in the room is best, creating additional billable time. Local moves are often non-binding estimates, and the final bill can vary above or below the estimate, according to the varied work. Packing, of course, takes a considerable amount of time, so if the movers have to unexpectedly complete your unfinished packing, the amount of time estimated will be considerably different.
Long distance moving quotes are typically binding estimates, holding the moving company to the price you are quoted. Your costs for long distance are determined largely by the quantity and weight of your possessions, along with the transport distance. Customarily, moving quotes of this nature are done in person, with an experienced estimator asking the right questions for accuracy.
Moving quotes also detail any damage protection. If you pack your own goods, the movers are not held responsible for breakage or otherwise damaged items. Although packing adds additional costs to your move, remember that their experience brings speed and reliability in the protection of your household goods and personal property. One additional price option is to allow the movers to pack your most valuable and precious items, knowing that you will at least be insured for your most treasured pieces. Discuss this with your estimator in advance.
Accuracy in moving quotes are better for both you and your movers, so be sure to give the most exact and detailed information possible.