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November 27, 2023

Things to Ask When Getting a Moving Estimate

preparing to moveBy Julie DeLong, A-1 Freeman Moving Group 

Moving to is a huge deal. No matter whether you're moving next door or a long distance, there's a lot of work and details that must be handled. Finding a professional mover in Dallas will help ease a portion of the strain, but where would you even start in locating the right local or long-distance moving company for your requirements? It is vital that you speak with numerous movers and compare costs before you sign a binding agreement with just any moving company in Dallas. In spite of this, it is usually more difficult than simply calling them and asking what they could charge for the move. Different local moving companies have varied thresholds of service and various services are incorporated into their basic quotation. Thus, it is very important to look at each quotation and spend some time to determine what is and what's not contained in them to enable you to render an “apples-to-apples” comparison. Here are several questions to ask as you're accumulating and going over moving quotations.

1) Which services are additional?

Not a soul likes unexpected surprises when it comes to moving, especially when those surprises come in the variety of fees on your invoice. A big error that many individuals make is thinking that everything required is automatically included in your moving estimate. Go over each and every line of the quote and be sure that you comprehend what exactly is and what's possibly not contained and determine that your expectations are covered. If anything you need is not incorporated, request it to be included with the estimation. Be sure to do this with each and every moving company in Dallas you are looking at selecting to help you efficiently assess estimates.

2) What is the valuation of the goods?

Let’s face it. Professional movers are real people and regardless of their best efforts, accidental damage can occur on occasion. Valuation may help address the cost of repairing or replacing damaged items. The majority of moving companies provide different levels of valuation for your move with the least expensive valuation package paying a flat rate per pound for broken things, so make sure that you understand what level of vaulation is included in your quotation. It is a good idea to additionally get hold of your insurance agent to ask if your belongings could be covered during your move using your homeowner’s insurance policy.

3) Is this a binding or non-binding estimation?

It’s advisable to obtain either an in-person or video quotation so the moving company estimator can see your items and estimate how much they weigh and also the amount of cartons that you may need. When you get a binding estimate, it should consist of all charges and should help to ensure that your price doesn’t exceed the quoted total. If it is not something you and the local moving company representative have discussed, be sure and ask if the estimate is going to be binding or non-binding.

4) What about payment?

It is imperative that you understand payment timing in addition to acceptable methods. Make sure to check out if you need to put down a deposit. It isn't unheard of for moving companies in Dallas to require a portion of the total invoice to be paid upon loading with the remainder due as soon as the job has been executed. Furthermore, you’ll want to find out what payment methods the moving company in Dallas will accept. The majority of companies accept credit cards, but some may require a check or cash. When you happen to be paying by check, find out if a personal check shall be taken or if you need a cashier’s check. The last thing you want is to be not prepared and have to run to the bank at the last minute, during an definitely busy time.

We'd like you to feel totally confident with your choice of moving company, which is the reason we welcome you to ask as many questions as you would like. If you are ready to get moving on your move, speak to A-1 Freeman Moving Group in Dallas right now to request an estimate.

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