Questions to Ask When Getting an Estimate

Getting an estimate for your move is not a necessity, but it is recommended. This is your chance to get as much information about as many companies as you can so you can make an informed decision.

Here are six questions you should ask when a moving company comes to give you an estimate.

1. Can I get a copy of the estimate in writing?

You should request a written moving estimate and look at it first hand in order to avoid fraud or any complications later on. Make sure you provide the correct details of your current location as well as the location you want to move to so that the company can give you a figure that is closest to the total cost of your move. Make sure that you have the company visit in person, as an over-the-phone quote is likely to be inaccurate.

2. Am I providing the most accurate information possible?

Ensure that you provide the moving company with precise info so that they can make an informed estimate, which will be as close to the actual cost as possible. Leaving out things or forgetting to add items that will have to be moved will only add more money to your bill later.
Most moving companies charge their customers on an hourly basis and the items required to move. Take those factors into account and make sure that the company is well informed.

3. What is the pricing structure?

It can be quite confusing to figure out the cost of your move, which is why it is essential that you understand the price structure that the moving company is implementing. Not only will this keep future headaches away, it will also allow you to prepare beforehand for any unforeseen expenses that invariably creep into every move. Understanding the pricing structure properly will also allow you to negotiate better with the moving company.

4. What is included in the estimate and are there any additional charges?

The estimate should include everything that will be required during the move, including all items that have to be moved, the cost of packing and unpacking (if applicable) and the total distance from one location to the next. Also, make sure that you inform the movers of any obstacles (i.e. lots of stairs, etc) or heavy/specialty items (i.e. pianos, etc) so that you aren’t charged extra later on.

5. Is there any coverage included in the estimate?

Look for any coverage from your mover in the estimate. Most moving companies provide insurance and valuation protection to people, which ensure that the moving company will cover potential damages during the move.

6. Am I getting a binding estimate or can the estimate change?

This is one of the most important things to get right since it will make the move a lot easier for you. A binding estimate means the cost of the move cannot be changed, even if it exceeds the first estimate.

Ask anything that makes you feel the most comfortable with your move.