Discount Moving Company: Does It Really Save You Money?

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Discount Moving Company: Does It Really Save You Money?

Staff Writer · Nov 18, 2010

If you’re looking to save costs on a relocation, whether it’s down the street or across the country, you may be thinking about hiring a discount moving company that promises low, low rates for transporting all of your stuff. But beware: not all discount movers are all that they are cracked up to be, and the cheapest option is not always the best. Unlike shopping for a sweater or a case of beer, shopping for movers means knowing how to evaluate the complex offers that companies advertise. Going with cheaper, smaller local firms can get you a lot of savings, but only if you go over the agreement carefully and check the fine print.

Binding and Non-Binding Estimates

Government groups have created some commerce ground rules to protect the consumer when it comes to moving services and other similar services. One of these is the idea of “binding” estimates. A company offering a binding estimate is required to keep the final costs within a certain percentage of the initial bid. This ensures that you won’t get hooked in with a low figure only to find a much higher bill at the end of a job. Even non-binding agreements may have some similar protections in place. Read your initial agreement carefully and find out about whether the offer is binding.

Watch Out for Extra Services Charges

Some moving companies have found a loophole in the above rules of advertising. The idea is that any special services can pad the bill more. For example, assisting with packing items, moving them from a garage or other outbuilding, or other tasks can be separately billed. To avoid this, you have to know specifically what is included in the initial bid and make your goods move-ready when the crew arrives. Any particular moving obstacles can also lead to extra service charges, so do a careful check and make sure you are providing for an easy move and helping your moving company to do their job efficiently.

Ask About Insurance and Damage Policies

Another common situation is where a customer goes with the lowest bid only to see their furniture and other goods damaged when sub-standard policies and a hasty move lead to breakage. There’s the old slogan “you get what you pay for” and a low-quality move can leave you with a net negative savings if some of your stuff is ruined, especially fragile high-dollar items.

To get around this problem, ask discount movers about available move insurance, as well as their specific policies and how they will protect your household items. The bottom line is that you should stay engaged in your move and ask questions about how moving day will go. Customers who get taken advantage of are most often those who don’t stay on top of details or remain in their home on moving day to work with the crew. Stay involved in your move and help manage details to really make those low-dollar moving offers pay off.

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