The Anatomy of a Long Distance Moving Quote

Long Distance Moving Company - Moving QuoteGetting ready for a long-distance move to Houston? If so, then of course you want to make sure that you are getting the best quote from your residential long-distance moving company. One of the best ways to lock in the best rate on long distance movers is to get quotes from multiple companies. When reviewing the estimates you get from various professional movers, however, there are several vital items you'll want to watch out.

1. Estimate Type

Long Distance Moving quotes mostly fall into one of these types:

  • non-binding - the final amount you're charged is based on the actuals (amount of time or distance traveled/totoal weight of the shipment, depending on how the professional mover bills) required for your move, regardless of what your original 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'll pay for your move no matter what.

When accumulating estimates, make sure to find out precisely which kind of estimate each company is providing.

2. Valuation

Most professional movers will build in a basic amount of insurance coverage to protect you from financial loss if any of your things are lost or damaged during transport. The standard rate of coverage is usually $0.60 per pound, though this can differ from one company to the next, so be sure to verify.

You might also be provided the option to buy additional coverage, which may be advised if you have valuable stuff being moved. It is a common misconception that customers automatically have full coverage when they employ a professional mover, so make sure and discuss coverage before selecting a mover.

3. Packing

As part of your long-distance moving quote, packing services may also be included upon your request. If you're interested in receiving assistance with your packing, some moving companies can provide both partial packing and full packing services. With partial packing, you'll get professional help with specific things that you have earmarked beforehand. Full packing assistance, however, will encompass full assistance with all of your packing and most likely even includes supplies (however this can vary). Be sure to check each company's pack count and confirm the service you are expecting 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 wrongly believe that the second company is providing the best value or lowest quoted price. In reality, you could be in for bad news when the company shows up and informs you appliance service is additional.

While some movers may offer more third-party services than others, it's imperative to verify with each company and get in writing exactly what is included versus what will be an additional cost.

5. Weight

Lastly, it is important to comprehend what the estimated weight is and how precise it is. If there is a vast difference (greater 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 understand that every single long distance move to Houston is altogether unique. Therefore, we craft our moving services to suit 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!