There are a lot of details that go into creating a moving quote and all the information that you give your prospective moving company will affect the local moving quotes you are given. Moving companies must be able to collect this information before they can give you a proper estimate of their costs. Quotes can be confusing if you do not understand how moving companies determine what they will charge you. By asking a series of questions about how much you have to move, what types of items you have, and how much help you actually need, they can better determine your approximate costs.
What Goes into a Moving Quote
There are several different factors that must be considered when making an estimate, these include:
- Is it a long distance or local move – Rates are figured much differently for local and long-distance moves. Local moves are within 100 miles and local moving quotes are determined with a non-binding estimate as opposed to a long distance move which is determined by a binding estimate. The real difference is that you are charged by the hour for local moves, and the final cost may differ from the estimate they gave, based on what your needs are on moving day. Long distance moves are determined by weight and quotes are binding.
- What is included in a local quote – Local moves could be completed by multiple trucks and movers. This can affect the amount you are charged per hour, as each truck and trip will have its own drive times that you will be charged for. Other charges include actual drive time (including all drive time from the time the truck leaves the facility until it returns), packing if requested, packing materials, loading and unloading time, and other help that you might request during the move.
- Damage Protection – A lot of people avoid adding packing to their local moving quotes, thinking that it will save them money to do the packing themselves. While this is true, consider the fact that if there is any damage to your items in the moving process that it might eat up any savings that you gained by doing your own packing. If you allow movers to pack, then your possessions will be full protected should damage occur.
The Most Accurate Estimate is the Most Detailed Estimate
If you really want to have a clear idea of how much your move is going to cost, it is important to ensure that you are as detailed as possible about the details that you provide. Make sure you describe the contents of your home accurately, and that you articulate everything that you want help with. Doing so will ensure there are no surprises by the end of your move.
When you are ready to get started on local moving quotes be sure to contact us at Matheson Transfer. Our team will offer you detailed moving estimates based on their knowledge of the area and the moving process so there are no big surprises on moving day.