Understanding Moving Estimates

When you find out that you need to move, getting an estimate sounds simple enough; just fill up a few online forms and a few moving services will get back to you to offer you moving estimates that will suit your specific needs. You get some estimates and then you end up choosing the lowest one and that’s the end of it. The problem is, that in actuality once you fill up a few online forms you get bombarded by dozens of estimates from moving services, most of which you have never heard about before. Additionally, the lowest bids may be from disreputable movers and end up costing you much more.

Learning how to Translate Promises into Facts
All moving companies will promise you that they are the best thing that happened to the world of relocation ever since wheels were invented. One must remember that movers employ skillful sales people and will always paint a rosy picture of their business. It’s your job to filter fact from fiction and make sure you understand the moving estimate.

Understanding the Pricing Systems
The majority of moving services charge for long distance moves by space or weight. When you get a bottom line price always make sure you also receive a specific rate per pound or rate per cubic foot. Even though not movers will outright tell you that, in most cases, the estimate that you receive may change if the weight or space that was estimated for your shipment will turn out to be different.

That being the case, once you’ve gotten a few estimates, ask all companies to provide you with their basic charge unit and make your comparisons based on the rate per pound or per cubic foot that you’ve received. It is also very important to check for extra fees, such as packing materials, charges for flights of stairs and documentation fees. Last, but not least, make sure that you are dealing with a reputable and licensed mover.

Understanding Extra Fees
A lot of movers charge extremely high prices for packing services and packing materials. This is why you should decide in advance whether or not you would like the mover to do the packing for you. If you decide you would like full or partial packing, make sure that the mover provides you with an actual bottom line price for all packing services. Such a price should specifically mention the pieces to be packed, the number of boxes and any other aspects of the packing process that are included.

When you fully understand the moving estimate that you’ve receives, it will be much easier for you to control the process and avoid unexpected and unpleasant surprises.

Tom Regev is a professional writer, representing the Canada Shipping Rates relocation counseling service.