Things can change on you all the time. Eventually you’re going to have to deal with movers and the threat of fraud. Whether you’re relocating from Florida, Seattle or Boston. It doesn’t matter really why your moving it could be because of your employment dictates so or just because you are choosing to do so for better community living for your family, you need to know a few things first about moving companies and how they tend to operate.
The first rule of getting several estimates is that they should all be free. With so many moving companies competing for your business you can almost guarantee yourself a great price. But beware of the almost to good to be true quotes.
The three different types of estimates are, (Non-Binding) Estimate, Binding Estimate, and Not-to-Exceed Binding Estimate. The (Non-Binding) Estimate, which is all you can get in some intrastate situations, is not guaranteed.
Most moving survey respondents reported that charges above the estimate could run more than 20 percent. There may be a significant difference between what you estimate your things will weigh from our Furniture Check List, and what a moving company estimator gives you.
Have the estimator itemize each charge, so that if you want to delete or add something, it’s easy for you to know the cost. This is what a binding estimate is and what is a favorable kind of estimate. Your written Addendum has to have two signatures yours and theirs
The estimators must also write down how long the price is in effect, usually 60 days. If they are due for a tariff increase, be sure that you either move before then, or that they’ll guarantee in writing to hold the price till you move.
The third type of estimate that gives you the best deal of all is called a Not-to-Exceed Estimate. The movers give you a Binding Estimate, then weigh the vehicle and reduce the price if the weight is less than anticipated. This is a fair practice provided by movers.