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April 04, 2018

The Anatomy of a Long Distance Moving Quote

Long Distance Moving Company - Moving QuoteGetting ready for a long-distance move to Colorado Springs? If so, then of course you will want to make sure that you're receiving the best quote from your residential long-distance moving company. A smart way to lock in the best price on long distance movers is to get quotes from multiple companies. When reviewing the quotes you receive from various companies, however, there are several vital items you will want to watch out.

1. Estimate Type

Long Distance Moving estimates mostly fall into one of three types:

  • non-binding - the final amount you are charged is based on the actuals (amount of time or distance traveled/weight, depending on how the 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 invoice is 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 move no matter what.

When accumulating estimates, be sure to ask about precisely what type of estimate each mover is providing.

2. Valuation

Most professional movers will incorporate a standard amount of insurance coverage to help protect you from monetary loss if any of your things are lost or damaged during transport. 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 purchase additional coverage, which may be recommended if you have valuable stuff being transported. It's a common misconception that customers automatically get full coverage when they engage 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 could also be included if you ask for them. If you are interested in receiving aid with your packing, many moving companies offer both partial packing and full packing services. With partial packing, you'll receive professional help with certain items that you have earmarked beforehand. Full packing assistance, on the other hand, should comprise of complete assistance with all of your packing and most likely even includes 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

Be sure to look for exclusions in your moving estimate. For instance, if one mover quotes appliance relocation service and another company does not, you might be led to believe that the second moving company 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 tells you appliance service is an added cost.

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

5. Weight

Finally, it's imperative to understand 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 the shipment, it's possible that the company mis-quoted or mis-calculated the weight. Be sure you understand who will be responsible for the weight difference, should one occur.

At A-1 Freeman Moving Group, we acknowledge that every long distance move to Colorado Springs is very unique. Therefore, we craft our moving services to suit your needs. From our free in-home estimates for the most exact 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!

The Mickelson Family
The Mickelson Family
Best. Move. Ever!
Very pleased with the overall respect and care the men gave to my possessions. Even mailing me very quickly the only thing lost in transit. Would recommend to anyone needing a long distant move.
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