Moving Quotes: An Apples to Apples Comparison
By Julie DeLong, A-1 Freeman Moving Group
Weight, Distance, and Hours
Confirm the variables of the quotes to make sure that all of them are for the same projected weight, mileage, number of workers, as well as forecasted hours. If you are obtaining estimates for a long-distance move to Little Rock, make certain you are working with a interstate moving company and not a moving company who can't transfer items interstate. Calculations with regard to quantity of personnel and also hours may vary based on the organization. A few movers charge you a flat fee for up to a particular amount of hours, and then charge you an hourly price per crew member for every hour afterwards. This can result in an expensive raise in your moving fees. Likewise, miles ought to be clearly indicated and calculated for all quotes, to be sure that there's no per-mile add-on to the estimate after the fact.
Storage, Insurance, and Extra Services
When comparing your estimates, verify extra services that do not appear in all your quotes. You can't make a valid apples-to-apples assessment if one price includes packing and materials, and the others do not. Keep an eye out for any other add-ons, such as insurance, storage space and time, distance and fuel. When all the quotations are arranged the same way, sticking with the same inclusions, you're less inclined to be taken in by a mover who offers a cheap estimated charge and afterwards nickels and dimes you with hidden fees and extras. When miles or fuel prices are to be added, be sure that the quoted rates are inside the same range on all estimates.
Other Things to Look Out For
When going over your moving estimates, be wary of extremely high or very low estimates. You should have a spread of 4-5 estimates, to offer you a straightforward idea of the average rate for your move. If a price is substantially below the remainder, check to be sure that the details of that quote match the rest, and that there won't be any extra fees, distance charges, or hourly rate limits that may increase the charge when your move is started. Additionally, when a quote is substantially more than the others, make certain they are not overestimating time or distance, and that they have not added services that aren't contained in the other quotes. Check to be sure that all your moving companies have adhered to any licensing rules, and that they are quoting sufficient manpower to accomplish the move in a timely fashion. Remember, if an estimate seems too good to be true, it likely is.
Make Inquiries and Do not Be Reluctant to Inquire about Revisions
If you feel that you aren't capable of making a definative comparison for the reason that several or all your quotes possess inconsistent services, do not be afraid to reach out to the moving companies with specific changes to the estimates. It's your move, and it is vital that you have got every piece of information you need to make the best choice. Ask for a copy of each quotation in writing, so that you can quickly make side by side comparisons. Double check that all your quotes have a similar terms. Finally, take a look at online reviews. Past clients will often leave positive and negative evaluations, including details about hidden expenses or things they overlooked in their own quotes. Looking at the testimonials is a good last step before deciding on an estimation.
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