The Anatomy of a Long Distance Moving Quote

Long Distance Moving Company - Moving QuoteAnticipating a long-distance move to Colorado Springs? If so, then of course you need to confirm that you are getting the best rate from your residential long-distance moving company. A smart way to lock in the best value on long distance movers is to get quotes from multiple companies. When evaluating the quotes you get from various professional movers, however, there are a few critical items you'll want to watch out.

1. Estimate Type

Long Distance Moving quotes commonly fall into one of these 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 company bills) required for your move, regardless of what your initial quoted amount may have been.
  • not-to-exceed - your total invoice is guaranteed to be equal to or less than the rate quoted.
  • binding - the price you're quoted is the amount you will pay for your move no matter what.

When gathering estimates, be sure to note precisely which kind of estimate each moving company is providing.

2. Valuation

A lot of professional movers will incorporate a standard amount of insurance coverage to help guard you from financial loss if any of your possessions are lost or damaged in transit. The standard rate of coverage is about $0.60 per pound, though this can vary from one company to the next, so make sure to confirm.

You may also be given the choice to purchase additional coverage, which may be suggested if you have valuable items being transported. It is a common wrong idea that customers automatically have full coverage when they hire a moving company, so be sure and discuss coverage prior to selecting 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're interested in receiving aid with your packing, some moving companies offer both partial packing and full packing services. With partial packing, you will receive professional assistance with certain items that you've designated beforehand. Full packing assistance, on the other hand, should involve complete assistance with all of your packing and may even include packing supplies (however this can vary). Make sure to look at each company's pack count and verify the correct service level is being quoted for your long-distance move.

4. 3rd Party Services

Be sure to check for exclusions in your moving estimate. For instance, if one moving company quotes appliance relocation service and another company does not, you jump to the conclusion that the latter mover is supplying the best value or lowest quoted price. In actuality, you may be in for an unpleasant surprise when the company shows up and tells you appliance service is additional.

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

5. Weight

Lastly, it's important to look at 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 is possible 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 recognize that each long distance move to Colorado Springs is very unique. Hence, we custom tailor our moving services to suit your needs. From our free in-home consultations for the most precise quote to packing, loading, and delivery services--we do it all. Schedule your free consultation or find out more about what we can do for you by clicking here today!