How to go about it.
Call on the Real Pros... Those
with a reputation and the right credentials.
The first place to start
with an estimate is to only call on reputable movers. Look for moving companies
that offer free on-site estimates and get a few of them to compare prices. What
you want is a "not to exceed" amount or a binding estimate. Be sure to compare
apples to apples. Give each moving company the same information when getting the
estimate. It might help to write it all out and make copies so you can directly
For Local Moves
tentative final bill for a local move follows a pretty standard formula. (The
number of movers + truck) x number of hours = final price. The final price will
also include materials provided by the mover, insurance, and incidental expenses
such as tolls. Estimating moves is not an exact science. It includes a variety
of factors that can change the price. Here are a few of those factors:
Everything that is different
from the day of the estimate to the moving day can alter the price. Be sure you
give complete information to your mover, so the estimate can be as accurate as
Long Distance Moves
These are normally charged
based on weight and space. They weigh the truck before loading your goods and
again after. You pay a certain price based on the weight multiplied by the distance
they have to move. Goods from a two bedroom house moved from Washington DC to
Atlanta will cost less than goods from a 4 bedroom house moved from New York to
The Types of Estimates
There are three main types.
Ideally, you will want a not to exceed
quote. You don't want your movers working against the clock, you want them working
There are some potentially hidden
fees. Even with good planning and a not-to-exceed price, you could face additional
charges for unforeseen problems. These could include:
Sound Too Costly?
Are you considering packing, moving and transporting it yourself? Keep
moving for some Do-It-Yourself (DIY) tips.
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