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Tips For Moving Estimates

When you partner with a reputable moving company, you can be sure that your move will go smoothly without injuries, property damage and setbacks. Unfortunately, the success of your move often depends on your choice of mover. Getting an in-home estimate will help you determine which moving company is best for your needs. Here are some tips to ensure that your estimate is as clear, accurate, and complete as possible. 

BOOK AN IN-HOME CONSULTATION

Many times movers will want to quote you over the phone. We recommend that you express caution with verbal quotes. Typically, these estimates count on the size of the home-based on all the rooms. You will need to have an estimator come in person to give you a proper quote. Consider a phone quote as a ballpark and not your final quote. Verbal estimates could change if you didn't describe your home size and contents correctly. Avoid having to pay more than you have to.  

MAKE SURE THAT YOU ARE AVAILABLE

Nobody knows your situation better than you. If possible, make yourself available on the day of thein-home estimate.  Your insights will help to ensure that no details are missed from the initial quote. Pay close attention to how the representative behaves and talks. Make sure the information that you’re given matches up with what was said by the estimator.  

ASK QUESTIONS

Make sure you write down a list of questions that you want to ask. When you meet with the moving representatives from several moving companies, ask the same questions to see if the answers are similar so you can compare directly. Ask about insurance, cancellation policy, storage options, discounts, moving packages, and payment options. When the estimator leaves, you should feel confident that they understand your situation and requirements. Here is some more example of what to ask: 

  • Availability of packing and unpacking services
  • How many movers can you expect?
  • Moving date and how it may affect labour availability
  • Moving truck parking requirements
  • Any extra fees
  • Packing materials you may need 

CREATE AN INVENTORY

We recommend that you create a partial or full inventory of your belongings so you can keep track of all your items as you pack them. Knowing where everything is packed will be helpful. 

REVIEW WRITTEN ESTIMATE BEFORE SIGNING

When you receive your written estimate, it should include all of the details that you discussed with your estimator. That should consist of every service that you wish to take advantage of. Check if the estimate is non-binding, binding, or binding not to exceed. If the price is a non-binding estimate, it could cost you a lot more for your final costs. With a binding estimate, you pay the exact amount quoted. 

Use these guidelines to help with the estimate process.  For expert moving help you can rely on the team at Morrison Moving. We can make your moving experience stress-free.

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