The Anatomy of a Long Distance Moving Quote
Preparing for a long-distance move to Denver? If so, then of course you will want to verify that you're receiving the best value from your residential long-distance moving company. A smart way to get the best rate on long distance movers is to shop around for quotes. When reviewing the estimates you obtain from various movers, however, there are a few critical things you will want to look for.
1. Estimate Type
Long Distance Moving estimates generally fall into one of three categories:
- non-binding - the final amount you're billed is based on the actuals (time consumed or distance traveled/totoal weight of the shipment, depending on how the company bills) required for your move, which could be higher or lower than your beginning estimated amount may have been.
- not-to-exceed - your total invoice is guaranteed to be equal to or less than the price quoted.
- binding - the price you're quoted is the amount you'll pay for your move no matter what.
When accumulating quotes, make sure to note exactly what kind of estimate each mover is providing.
Many professional movers will incorporate a basic amount of insurance coverage to help protect you from monetary loss if any of your things are lost or damaged in transit. The standard rate of coverage is about $0.60 per pound, though this can change from one mover to the next, so make sure to ask.
You might also be provided the option to buy additional coverage, which may be suggested if you have valuable items being transported. It's a common wrong idea that customers automatically have full coverage when they hire a professional mover, so make sure and review coverage prior to selecting a mover.
As a portion of your long-distance moving quote, packing services may also be included if you ask for them. If you are interested in getting assistance with your packing, many moving companies offer both partial packing and full packing services. With partial packing, you will be provided with professional aid with particular things that you've designated beforehand. Full packing assistance, however, will encompass complete assistance with all of your packing and most likely even includes supplies (though this can vary). Be sure to look at each company's pack count and confirm the service you are expecting is being quoted for your long-distance move.
4. 3rd Party Services
Make sure and check for exclusions in your moving estimate. For example, if one company quotes appliance relocation service and another company does not, you might be led to believe that the second company is providing the best value or lowest quoted price. In actuality, you might be in for an undesirable surprise when the company shows up and breaks the news that appliance service is additional.
While some movers will provide more third-party services than others, it is important to verify with each company and get in writing specifically what's included versus what will be an additional cost.
Finally, it's vital to comprehend what the estimated weight is and how exact it is. If there is a large variance (more than 10%) between the estimated weight and actual weight of a shipment, it is a possibility that the moving company mis-quoted or mis-calculated the weight. Make sure you have a good understanding of who will be responsible for the weight difference, should one occur.
At A-1 Freeman Moving Group, we recognize that every long distance move to Denver is completely unique. Hence, we craft our moving services to fit your requirements. From our free in-home consultations for the most precise quote to packing, loading, and delivery services--we do it all. Schedule your free consultation or find out more about what we can do for you by clicking here today!