Moving is a load of work. You have to check that everything you need is all packed and in order. It is simply not easy, especially if you do all things by yourself. Why not hire moving services? A lot of people have problems with moving and the most common of these is that they never bothered to ask for a moving quote.
Here are the steps in getting a moving quote from a moving company:
- Make sure to pick a reliable moving company because there are some companies that scam and it will be a liability in your case. It is best if you choose a small number of companies because not all companies are available to help you move.
- When you finally pick a good moving company (or companies), give them a call and do a small interview. This is the time where you decide whether the moving company is able to meet your needs. It is important that you ask the things you need to know such as additional fees, the company's registration number, insurance and others. But do not forget to ask what their rates and estimates are. If the company offers a quote based on cubic feet, do not bother hiring them. A moving company should offer quotes based on weight if it is for long-distance moving, though there are some companies that offer an hourly rate if it is for short-distance moving.
- If you see that the moving company is good enough for you, ask for a sample quote. You have to know whether you want a binding or non-binding quote. A binding quote means that the price quoted in the estimate is the amount you pay, even if your load weighs more or less than the estimated amount. A non-binding quote, however, is not a bid or a contract but rather it is the first quote given based on the company's past experience and it is quoted without having an estimate. Once the job is finished, the concluding price is given out. But if you want to have the best quote, the best option of all binding and non-binding quotes or estimates is the binding-not-to-exceed quote. It means that if your load weighs more than the written estimate, you pay what is quoted but if it weighs less than the written estimate, you pay less.
After you have picked a quote, all that is left are the things that you need to pack up. You have to decide what should be packed because once the mover arrives, he will check everything inside the house to do the estimate. This is usually called a survey. The survey includes the amount of space of your items inside the truck, the distance of your travel and the timeline of your move. The mover will determine the estimated costs and will give you a written order of service. And there is no cost for the estimate because it is free.
Now that everything is settled, you can finally move to your new home without having any trouble.