The Anatomy of a Long Distance Moving Quote

Long Distance Moving Company - Moving QuoteGetting ready for a long-distance move to Wichita Falls? If so, then of course you’ll want to double-check that you are getting the best rate from your residential long-distance moving company. One of the best ways to find the best price on long distance movers is to consider several companies. When evaluating the quotes you receive from various companies, however, there are several important things you will want to look for.

1. Estimate Type

Long Distance Moving estimates mostly fall into one of these types:

  • non-binding - the final amount you are charged is based on the actuals (amount of time or distance/weight, depending on how the mover bills) required for your move, which may be more or less than your original estimated amount may have been.
  • not-to-exceed - your total charges are guaranteed to be equal to or less than the price quoted.
  • binding - the price you're quoted is the amount you'll pay for your move no matter what.

When gathering estimates, be sure to note precisely what kind of estimate each mover is providing.

2. Valuation

A lot of professional movers will work in a standard amount of insurance coverage to help guard you from monetary loss if any of your belongings are lost or damaged in transit. The standard rate of coverage is normally around $0.60 per pound, though this can vary from one company to the next, so be sure to ask.

You may also be given the opportunity to purchase additional coverage, which may be advised if you have valuable things being moved. It's a frequent wrong idea that customers automatically get full coverage when they engage a professional mover, so be sure and review coverage prior to picking a mover.

3. Packing

As section of your long-distance moving quote, packing services might also be included if you ask for them. If you are interested in getting help with your packing, a lot of moving companies can provide both partial packing and full packing services. With partial packing, you'll be provided with professional help with specific items that you've designated ahead of time. Full packing assistance, however, should comprise of complete assistance with all of your packing and most likely even includes packing supplies (however this can vary). Be sure to check each company's pack count and confirm the service you are expecting is being quoted for your long-distance move.

4. 3rd Party Services

Be sure to check for exclusions in your moving estimate. For instance, if one moving company quotes appliance relocation service and another company does not, you wrongly believe that the latter moving company is providing the best value or lowest quoted price. In reality, you could be in for an undesirable surprise when the company arrives and informs you appliance service is an additional charge.

While some companies may offer more third-party services than others, it is vital to double check with each company and get in writing exactly what is included versus what may cost extra.

5. Weight

Finally, it's important to look at what the estimated weight is and how precise it is. If there is a large variance (greater than 10%) between the estimated weight and actual weight of a shipment, it is a possibility that the moving company mis-quoted or mis-calculated the weight. Make sure you ask who will be responsible for the weight difference, should one occur.

At A-1 Freeman Moving Group, we acknowledge that each long distance move to Wichita Falls is entirely unique. Hence, we craft our moving services to fit your requirements. From our free in-home estimates for the most exact quote to packing, loading, and delivery services--we do it all. Schedule your free consultation or learn more about what we can do for you by clicking here today!