The Anatomy of a Long Distance Moving Quote

Long Distance Moving Company - Moving QuoteAnticipating a long-distance move to Denver? If so, then of course you want to double-check that you're getting the best rate from your residential long-distance moving company. A smart way to find the best price on long distance movers is to shop around for quotes. When analyzing the estimates you obtain from various movers, however, there are some critical items you will want to watch out.

1. Estimate Type

Long Distance Moving estimates mostly fall into one of these types:

  • non-binding - the final amount you are billed is based on the actuals (amount of time or distance traveled/weight, depending on how the company bills) required for your move, which may be more or less than your beginning quoted amount may have been.
  • not-to-exceed - your total billed amount is guaranteed to be equal to or less than the rate quoted.
  • binding - the price you are quoted is the amount you will pay for your move no matter what.

When receiving quotes, make sure to find out precisely what kind of estimate each company is providing.

2. Valuation

A lot of professional movers will include a standard amount of insurance coverage to help guard you from financial loss if any of your possessions are lost or damaged in transit. The standard rate of coverage is usually $0.60 per pound, though this can change from one company to the next, so be sure to confirm.

You might also be provided the choice to purchase additional coverage, which may be recommended if you have valuable stuff being moved. It is a frequent misunderstanding that customers automatically have full coverage when they engage a moving company, so make sure and discuss coverage prior to picking a mover.

3. Packing

As a portion of your long-distance moving quote, packing services might also be included if you ask for them. If you're interested in receiving aid with your packing, many moving companies can provide both partial packing and full packing services. With partial packing, you'll receive professional help with specific things that you have appointed beforehand. Full packing assistance, on the other hand, should encompass full assistance with all of your packing and most likely even includes packing supplies (however this can vary). Be sure to look at each company's pack count and confirm the service level you want is being quoted for your long-distance move.

4. 3rd Party Services

Always look for exclusions in your moving estimate. For example, if one moving company quotes appliance relocation service and another company does not, you might be led to believe that the second moving company is furnishing the best value or lowest quoted price. In reality, you might be in for bad news when the company shows up and informs you appliance service is additional.

While some moving companies may provide more third-party services than others, it is imperative to double check with each company and get in writing specifically what's included versus what might be an additional charge.

5. Weight

Finally, it's vital to understand what the estimated weight is and how exact it is. If there is a large variance (greater than 10%) between the estimated weight and actual weight of the shipment, it's a possibility that the company mis-quoted or mis-calculated the weight. Be sure you ask who will be responsible for the weight difference, should one occur.

At A-1 Freeman Moving Group, we recognize that every single long distance move to Denver is altogether unique. Hence, we custom tailor our moving services to suit your requirements. From our free in-home consultations for the most precise quote to packing, loading, and delivery services--we can help with every aspect of your move. Schedule your free consultation or find out more about what we can do for you by clicking here today!