The Anatomy of a Long Distance Moving Quote
Getting ready for a long-distance move to Little Rock? If so, then of course you want to double-check that you're getting the best value from your residential long-distance moving company. A smart way to get the best rate on long distance movers is to consider several companies. When reviewing the estimates you obtain from various movers, however, there are some vital items you will want to look at closely.
1. Estimate Type
Long Distance Moving quotes mostly fall into one of these categories:
- non-binding - the final amount you're billed is based on the actuals (amount of time or mileage/totoal weight of the shipment, depending on how the professional mover bills) required for your move, which may be more or less than your initial quoted 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're quoted is the amount you'll pay for your move no matter what.
When accumulating estimates, make sure to note precisely what type of estimate each moving company is providing.
Most professional movers will work in a standard amount of insurance coverage to help guard you from monetary loss if any of your possessions are lost or damaged in transit. The standard rate of coverage is roughly $0.60 per pound, though this can change from one mover to the next, so make sure to verify.
You might also be provided the opportunity to buy additional coverage, which may be recommended if you have valuable stuff being moved. It's a frequent wrong idea that customers automatically have full coverage when they engage a moving company, so be sure and examine coverage before picking a mover.
As a portion of your long-distance moving quote, packing services could also be included if you ask for them. If you're interested in receiving assistance with your packing, many moving companies can provide both partial packing and full packing services. With partial packing, you'll get professional assistance with specific items that you've earmarked ahead of time. Full packing assistance, however, will comprise of complete assistance with all of your packing and most likely even includes supplies (however this can vary). Make sure to double check each company's pack count and verify 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 example, if one company quotes appliance relocation service and another company does not, you might be led to believe that the latter mover is providing the best value or lowest quoted price. In actuality, you could be in for an unpleasant surprise when the company shows up and informs you appliance service is additional.
While some moving companies may offer more third-party services than others, it's vital to double check with each company and get in writing specifically what is included versus what might be an additional charge.
Lastly, it's vital to understand what the estimated weight is and how exact it is. If there is a vast difference (greater than 10%) between the estimated weight and actual weight of the shipment, it is a possibility that the mover mis-quoted or mis-calculated the weight. Make 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 each long distance move to Little Rock is entirely unique. Therefore, we custom tailor our moving services to suit your requirements. From our free in-home estimates 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!