The Anatomy of a Long Distance Moving Quote

Long Distance Moving Company - Moving QuoteAnticipating a long-distance move to Dallas? If so, then of course you will need to double-check that you are obtaining the best quote from your residential long-distance moving company. One of the best ways to get the best rate on long distance movers is to consider several companies. When reviewing the estimates you receive from various companies, however, there are a few critical items you will want to watch out.

1. Estimate Type

Long Distance Moving quotes usually fall into one of these categories:

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

When receiving quotes, make sure to find out exactly which type of estimate each mover is providing.

2. Valuation

Most professional movers will build in a standard amount of insurance coverage to help guard you from monetary loss if any of your things are lost or damaged during transport. The standard rate of coverage is about $0.60 per pound, though this can differ from one mover to the next, so make sure to confirm.

You might also be provided the opportunity to buy additional coverage, which may be recommended if you have valuable things being transported. It is a common misconception that customers automatically get full coverage when they engage a moving company, so be sure and examine coverage before picking a mover.

3. Packing

As section of your long-distance moving quote, packing services could also be included if you ask for them. If you're interested in receiving help with your packing, many moving companies offer both partial packing and full packing services. With partial packing, you'll receive professional aid with specific things that you have authorized ahead of time. Full packing assistance, alternately, will comprise of full assistance with all of your packing and may even include supplies (though this can vary). Make 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

Make sure and look 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 second mover is providing the best value or lowest quoted price. In reality, you could be in for an unpleasant surprise when the company shows up and breaks the news that appliance service is additional.

While some moving companies may provide more third-party services than others, it's important to double check with each company and get in writing specifically what's included versus what will be an additional cost.

5. Weight

Finally, it is vital to comprehend what the estimated weight is and how precise it is. If there is a large variance (more than 10%) between the estimated weight and actual weight of a shipment, it is a possibility that the mover mis-quoted or mis-calculated the weight. Be sure you have a good understanding of who will be responsible for the weight difference, should one occur.

At A-1 Freeman Moving Group, we understand that every long distance move to Dallas is altogether unique. Therefore, we craft our moving services to suit your needs. From our free in-home consultations for the most precise quote to packing, loading, and delivery services--we can help with every aspect of your move. Schedule your free consultation or learn more about what we can do for you by clicking here today!