The Anatomy of a Long Distance Moving Quote

Long Distance Moving Company - Moving QuoteGetting ready for a long-distance move to Little Rock? If so, then of course you will want to confirm that you are obtaining the best rate from your residential long-distance moving company. One of the best ways to find the best rate on long distance movers is to consider several companies. When reviewing the quotes you obtain from various movers, however, there are several critical items you will want to look for.

1. Estimate Type

Long Distance Moving estimates commonly fall into one of these categories:

  • non-binding - the final amount you're billed is based on the actuals (amount of time or distance traveled/totoal weight of the shipment, depending on how the company bills) required for your move, which may be more or less than your original estimated amount may have been.
  • not-to-exceed - your total charges are guaranteed to be equal to or less than the price quoted.
  • binding - the price you are quoted is the amount you'll pay for your relocation no matter what.

When receiving quotes, be sure to find out exactly what type of estimate each company is providing.

2. Valuation

Many professional movers will include a basic 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 differ from one mover to the next, so make sure to ask.

You might also be given the choice to purchase additional coverage, which may be advised if you have valuable stuff being moved. It is a commonplace misconception that customers automatically get full coverage when they hire a professional mover, so be sure and review coverage before picking a mover.

3. Packing

As part of your long-distance moving quote, packing services might also be included if you ask for them. If you're interested in receiving help with your packing, a lot of moving companies can provide both partial packing and full packing services. With partial packing, you will get professional help with certain things that you've designated ahead of time. Full packing assistance, alternately, will involve complete assistance with all of your packing and may even include packing supplies (however this can vary). Be sure to double check each company's pack count and verify the service level you want is being quoted for your long-distance move.

4. 3rd Party Services

Always check for exclusions in your moving estimate. For instance, if one company quotes appliance relocation service and another company does not, you might be led to believe that the latter mover is furnishing the best value or lowest quoted price. In reality, you could be in for an unpleasant surprise when the company arrives and tells you appliance service is additional.

While some companies will provide more third-party services than others, it's vital to check with each company and get in writing exactly what's included versus what may cost extra.

5. Weight

Lastly, it's vital to understand what the estimated weight is and how accurate it is. If there is a large variance (greater than 10%) between the estimated weight and actual weight of the shipment, it's possible that the mover mis-quoted or mis-calculated the weight. Make sure you ask 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 completely unique. Hence, we craft our moving services to fit your needs. From our free in-home estimates for the most accurate quote to packing, loading, and delivery services--we can help with every aspect of your move. Schedule your free consultation or find out more about what we can do for you by clicking here today!