Looking For Moving Quotes, Then Read This
You finally sold your house and now you’re getting ready to make the move to a new one. One of the most important things you need to do next is to start getting moving quotes so that you can budget for how much the move will cost. You should allow plenty of time to gather several moving quotes because they can vary widely. In the best scenario, you should start the process of getting moving quotes at least 60 days before your move. Before you even call the first mover or go online, you need to collect the following information: the locations you’re moving from and to, an estimated move date, the size of your move, and any special services you may need. Will you be packing yourself, or will you need packing services? Other special services to consider include loading/unloading help, crating, and any storage needs you may have. All of these factors will impact the moving quotes that you obtain.
Most full-service movers will require an in-home estimate, which means a company representative will walk through your home and estimate how much your belongings weigh, how much space they require, how many movers to dedicate to the move, and how much time the move will require. Be sure to show the estimator every single item to be moved. Don’t forget to go into the attic, basement, garage, shed, closets and under beds. What about swing sets or hot tubs? Items omitted from the estimate but included in your shipment later will add to the cost. If you require other services such as packing, unpacking, crating, or any storage needs, this should also be part of the written moving quote.
Moving Quotes Vary Greatly Depending On Moving Companies
According to the U.S. Department of Transportation’s consumer awareness website www.protectyourmove.gov, you should start the process by asking for recommendations from friends, family, and neighbors. Once you have a list of several potential movers, the next step is to contact them to get estimates. You should obtain at least three separate moving quotes before making your decision. Compare cost and all other services to be provided by the mover. Be informed and aware of your options when choosing a reputable mover. Make sure that the moving quotes that you obtain are binding – this guarantees the total cost of the move based on the quantities and services shown on the estimate. The moving quotes should clearly describe, in writing, all charges for services the mover will perform. Make sure the estimate is signed by the mover. It goes without saying that you should always obtain copies of the signed moving quotes. Do not accept oral estimates.
Although it is possible to get an initial estimate online (or even over the phone), it is very important to eventually get in-home, written, signed estimates from the companies you are considering. That way there will be no disagreements later. There should be no charge to you for providing moving quotes. Insisting on a binding estimate, or moving quote, protects you from unauthorized charges or changes to the moving quote. A binding estimate means that you are obligated to pay just the stated price, even if the shipment weighs more than or less than the estimate. However, if you add items later to be moved, or request additional services, the mover may revise the original estimate before your shipment is loaded.
Local, Long Distance and International Costs Vary Greatly
It is also important to know your rights and responsibilities before selecting a mover. Be sure that any mover who provides you with a moving quote is registered, has an assigned USDOT number, is licensed, and insured. You can verify this information by calling the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration at (202) 366-9805 for licensing and (202) 385-2423 for insurance.
Other Helpful Tips To Consider When Interviewing Movers Include
- Check with the Better Business Bureau regarding the mover
- Find out what the mover’s responsibilities are for damages that may occur to your belongings
- Ask if the mover has a dispute settlement program
- Find out how and when pickup and delivery of your household goods will occur
- Ask the mover how they can be contacted before the move, during the move, and after the move
- Inquire about insurance options and adequately insure your belongings
Once You Have Compared All The Moving Quotes
By Now you should be ready to make a decision. Contact the selected moving company and confirm the pickup and delivery dates. The moving company will then provide you with the order for service, which will include the agreed upon price from the moving quote. After you sign and return this document you will be all set, unless you need to change something before moving day. Along with the order for service, your mover must also provide you with a copy of the booklet titled “Your Rights and Responsibilities When You Move” and a summary of the arbitration program the mover must participate in. You are now ready for your move – congratulations!