A lot of planning can go into long distance moving, and it can be stressful to plan every detail of the move alone. A reliable moving company can help make the move as smooth as possible by helping the client plan for the cost of moving. Nobody likes to be hit with a financial surprise, which is where the idea of the free quote comes in. Any reliable and legitimate moving company will offer a free in person quote, not just a telephone or web quote. A moving company that offers an in person quote can provide a firm quote, while companies that only provide web or telephone quotes have a tendency to tack on extra fees at the last minute.
There are several things that a person should look for in a moving quote. For starters, determine exactly what the quote includes.
For example, some moving companies may only provide a quote for packing, loading, and unloading, failing to mention that mileage will be extra. Others will only provide a quote as to the amount of time that they can finish the job in, failing to mention that packing supplies and the use of the moving truck will be extra. By knowing exactly what is being quoted, the person moving can plan their financial situation better than those who receive general quotes that lack the inclusion of certain services. The last thing a person wants to do is get caught short by a moving company who fails to mention that the quote they provided only covers part of the services requested, not all of them. When it is determined exactly what the quote offered covers, the person moving can request additional estimates as necessary. Additional estimates may be needed to plan for supplies (moving boxes, packing peanuts, etc.), insurance costs, storage fees, etc.
Another important aspect of the quote is not just cost, but also time. Most moves require homeowners and renters to move by a certain date and by a certain time. Failure to stay on schedule could cost the person moving much more money than planned. If flights are missed, rescheduling fees will need to be paid. If new owners can’t move in at the time originally promised, real estate penalties or civil damages could ensue. If the person moving fails to be at their final destination on time, work hours could be lost. If a move is being conducted across long distances and household goods are to be transported by plane or train, storage fees may be necessary if departure times are missed. All of these things must be considered by people moving any distance, but especially by those moving long distances. A firm estimate on the amount of time that the mover will need to accomplish their tasks should be attained prior to the move.
Much more responsibility rests on the shoulders of the movers than many of their clients think. Not only are they responsible for moving household goods, they are also responsible for helping their clients move on, a process which can’t fully begin until the client is in possession of all of their goods.
The author has several years of experience in the moving industry. She has been involved with every stage of commercial and residential relocation services.