How to Compare Moving Quotes

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How to Compare Moving Quotes

Staff Writer · Apr 5, 2010

Obtaining moving quotes is an easy process if go online. It not only helps you make a better decision with respect to choosing a mover but also saves you time and money. Once you receive several quotes, there’s a number of criteria you’ll need to review.

Look at the Services

When comparing moving quotes, look at the types of services provided by the movers you select. For the price they’re quoting, what amenities do they include? Will they merely load and transport your belongings and then unload them when they reach their destination or do they include other services in the price, such as packing and unpacking?

Consider Delivery

What do the quotes include with respect to delivery? What if you can’t take delivery as planned? Keep in mind that some companies can charge you extra for storage if you’re unable to take possession on the arranged date.

Check What Other Fees and Expenses Are Included in the Quote

Verify what specific expenses are included in the quotes you obtain as well any hidden fees. Some companies will charge you for fuel and insurance in addition to the costs of moving.

Do the Companies Base Their Quotes on Inventory, Truck Space or Weight?

Carefully examine your quotes and see how each of the companies you select determine pricing. Some companies will make you take an inventory of every item in your home that you’re planning to move. While this can be quite time-consuming, if not tedious, it can also save you a good deal of money in the long run too as you’re only charged precisely for what you move. Other companies charge you by the amount of space in the truck that your possessions claim while others base their quotes on the estimated weight. As a result, quotes can vary significantly.

Is the Quote Non-Binding or Legally Binding?

Also, when examining moving quotes, it’s important to determine whether the quotes you’re obtaining are binding or non-binding. A non-binding quote is not considered contractual; therefore, the shipper can charge several hundred dollars over the original quote when all is said and done. On the other hand, a binding quote is a legal quote and is considered to be a contract. Therefore, the price is pretty much set in stone and can’t be changed.

When assessing your options then, it’s important to review the quotes you obtain by reviewing the types of services the shipper offers, the delivery schedule and any stipulations with respect to shipment, Also, determine if the mover charges by weight, by the allotted space in his truck or if he requires you to make a list of the movable items in your apartment. And, of course, don’t forget to note any additional charges or hidden fees. Keep focused on the precise services that are included in the quotes you obtain versus the base price itself. Do your research so you’ll know exactly what you’ll be receiving in return for what you’ll pay.

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