When moving, cost is a big concern and can often be a determining factor between hiring professional movers and moving yourself. When obtaining moving quotes, there are a few important factors to keep in mind to ensure that you are not signing up for a scam, and are getting the best value around.
- Moving Estimates
There are different types of moving estimates that you can get and each will go a long way in determining your peace of mind during the move. You should feel confident with the mover that you elect to go with, and with the expected cost you’ve been quoted. To help your mover provide you with an accurate quote, you’ll need to provide an accurate accounting of all your possessions that they will be moving for you. Make sure they are aware of everything, especially any large, heavy, or awkward items that you have accumulated. Provide information about items located in your attic, garage, or shed that you will need to have moved as well. The more information that you provide, the more accurate your estimate will be.
- How is the price estimated?
Depending on the moving company that you go with, there are two common types of estimates that you can receive. For a local move, most companies will charge by the hour, with variables factored in. Variables can include the number of movers required, and the number or size of moving trucks that will be required. For long-distance moves, the final cost is usually dependent on the weight of your possessions, and the total distance for the move. White Glove does thing a little differently. We provide a quote based directly on your inventory. This eliminates variables in the pricing structure.
While these are just two types of estimates that are most common among professional movers, they are not they are not exclusive. There are also estimates that are known as non-binding and binding moving estimates.
- Non-Binding Moving Estimate
These types of estimates are the most uncommon, as they don’t hold your mover to the estimated cost. As a result, the final cost of moving could be significantly higher or lower than what was originally quoted. Be wary of movers who entice you with non-binding quotes, as they can increase the price once the move is complete. A good rule of thumb to go by, is if it seems too good to be true, that’s because it probably is.
If the final cost is higher than the non-binding estimate that you received, your mover can’t require you to pay any more than cost plus 10% of the total cost. If that amount doesn’t cover the total cost, any additional charges will need to be settled with the moving company within 30 days.
- Binding Moving Estimate
This type of estimate holds your movers to the price that you were quoted. This provides you with cost certainty and allows you to budget your move around the cost of your mover without fear of extra, unexpected expenses.
- Binding not to exceed moving estimate
Also known as, “guaranteed price” or “price protection”, essentially this means that your price will only be adjusted if the total is lower when the move is complete. Out of all the options, this is the most consumer-friendly type of estimate that you can receive. This is most popular for long-distance moves.
At White Glove Moving and Storage we provide reliable binding moving quotes to ensure that you are getting the best value for your move. We have been moving individuals and families around New York, New Jersey and long-distance for over 25 years. Trust your valuable possessions to the professionals at White Glove Moving and Storage!