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Things to Ask When Getting a Moving Estimate

Smart Moves: Questions to Ask When Getting a Moving Estimate

Moving to a new home can be an exciting adventure, but the process of getting there can often be stressful and overwhelming. One of the critical steps in planning a successful move is obtaining accurate and transparent moving estimates from potential moving companies. To ensure a smooth transition to your new home, here are some key questions you should ask when getting a moving estimate.

Type of Estimate?

Different moving companies offer different types of estimates. It’s essential to understand whether the estimate is binding, non-binding, or binding not-to-exceed. A binding estimate guarantees the final cost, while a non-binding estimate may vary based on the actual weight of your belongings. A binding, not-to-exceed estimate ensures you won’t pay more than the quoted amount.

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What Services Come with the Estimate?

Ensure you have a clear understanding of the services covered in the estimate. Ask about packing, loading, unloading, and unpacking. Some companies may charge extra for these services, so knowing what’s included in the initial estimate is crucial.

Can You Provide References?

Request references from previous customers to get a sense of the moving company’s reputation and reliability. Reading reviews and testimonials can also provide valuable insights into the experiences of others.

Do You Have a USDOT Number?

Ensure the moving company has a valid USDOT number, which is required for interstate moves—the U.S. Department of Transportation issues this number, which signifies the company’s compliance with federal regulations.

What’s the Cancellation Policy?

Understand the company’s cancellation policy if unforeseen circumstances require changing your moving plans.

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What Payment Methods Are Accepted?

Clarify the accepted payment methods and the payment schedule. Knowing this information upfront can prevent any payment-related issues on moving day.

How Is the Weight Calculated?

If your estimate is based on weight, inquire about the company’s weighing process. Understand how they calculate the weight of your items and whether there are any additional charges for bulky or unusually shaped items.

Are There Additional Fees?

Moving companies may charge additional fees for various reasons, such as handling specialty items, navigating stairs, or long carries. Ask about any potential extra charges to avoid surprises on moving day.

What Insurance Options Are Available?

Find out about the insurance coverage included in the estimate. Some moving companies provide basic liability coverage, while others offer additional insurance options for added protection. Understanding the coverage will help you make an informed decision.

In Conclusion | Things to Ask When Getting a Moving Estimate

By asking these crucial questions, you’ll be well-prepared to make an informed decision when selecting a moving company, setting the stage for a successful and stress-free relocation.
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