How To Get An Accurate Moving Estimate
Getting the right moving estimate from a company you know and trust is not always a walk in the park. There are lots of things that could go wrong in the selection of the right mover, not to mention the in-home estimate process itself. Narrowing your list of potential candidates for the movers’ position is a first good step toward reaching your goal. Once you have managed to do that, it is time to move on to the scheduling of the estimates. Here are a few tips you should find handy for this particular step of your upcoming move.
Schedule All Estimates On The Same Day/Week
If your work schedule allows you to, take a day off or choose a Saturday and plan all the estimates during the day same, spaced a couple of hours apart. If you cannot squeeze all movers in on the same day, you could, instead, aim for the same week.
Estimates normally take around 60 minutes, and by completing all of them at the ned of a single day, you should be able to make your decision a lot easier. All of the details concerning the quotes, extra taxes and fees for packaging or temporary storage, insurance policies and deductibles should remain fresh in your mind.
Do not rush into things, as moving is a huge event in any person’s life and it should be given the respect and times it deserves. Take advantage of the half an hour in between two appointments to write down everything you have discussed with the movers so you can make comparisons at the end of the day.
Be Consistent And Keep Your Focus During The Estimate
Do not forget about any drawers, cabinets and storage boxes in your attic or garage when doing the walk through. You may be surprised to see how many items you had completely forgotten about, and which you may want to pack along.
Lots of moving companies require estimators to make lists of those items that do not need to be moved in each room of the house. Use ‘yes’ and ‘no’ or ‘take’/’leave’ to refer to the items you wish to move/leave behind so there is no confusion during the inventory/the truck loading process. Get a copy of the inventory from each of the movers you are considering hiring and make sure you study it carefully to avoid any errors.
Have Your Spouse/Partner Accompany You
More often than not, spouses tend to view things differently in terms of items that need to be moved to the new address. If your spouse cannot be present at the time of the estimate appointment, make sure you call the movers and schedule a new walk through with the spouse. Have them look at the inventory and decide if they would like to add or remove any items.
Ask All The Right Questions
- Besides getting the best quote possible for your move, you will also need to make sure you will be getting high quality packing/unpacking, loading/unloading, transportation and temporary storage solutions. After all, you will be trusting the selected mover with your most prized possessions, so you should pay attention to even the smallest details.
- Talk about the loading/unloading dates and keep in mind that if you are focused on getting the best price deal possible, you will need to be extra flexible with your dates. Small moves with guaranteed dates will ask you to dig a little deeper in your pocket.
- See that the estimate for the packing/unpacking services is clear to you at the end of the walk through. Choosing to do the packing on your own will still require you to get a list of the number and size of the cartons you will need from the estimators. Keep in mind that the fewer boxes you will have lying around the house, ready to be loaded in the truck, the less money you should expect to pay. Also, the lighter your boxes, the smaller the shipping costs, so make sure you take your time when selecting what goes and what stays.
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