How To Get Moving Estimates Like A Pro

Posted on: 2 February 2022

When you first learn that you're going to move, you should start getting estimates from moving companies. This allows you to take your time seeking out the best deal, and it also gets the ball rolling in terms of your overall moving plans. Here are some tips to help you navigate the process of getting moving estimates like a real pro.

Get quotes from different kinds of companies

It's always a good idea to get quotes from a few different moving companies so that you can compare them. But pay attention to the types of moving companies you get quotes from. Try to choose several different types of companies. For instance, you may want to get a quote from one of the "big name" moving companies in your area, and then another from a smaller, boutique moving company. There's likely to be more variety in these quotes than if you were to get, say, three different quotes from big, corporate moving companies.

Always arrange for on-site estimates

Yes, getting a quote over the phone or online is more convenient, but these virtual quotes aren't usually as specific or accurate as those delivered in person. In order to get a true idea of how much your project will cost, your movers really need to see your house and the things you plan on moving. So, take the time to get in-person estimates, even if that means you'll be a bit busier than usual.

Look at more than the price

It can be tempting to look at your moving estimates and just go with the one that's the cheapest. But the cheapest quote may not actually offer the best value. One moving company, for instance, may quote you a little higher, but their quote might include moving boxes while another company's moving quote does not. Read each quote in detail, and decide which one is the best fit for your needs and your budget.

Tell the movers when you plan on moving

If you have a projected moving date or even an idea of what week you want to move, share this information with the movers before they give you estimates. The dates may affect the prices they give you. Some companies charge more for weekend moves, for example.

Getting a moving estimate is just the first step in moving, but it's a really important step. Do your work at this stage, and the rest of the move will go smoothly.