Questions To Ask When You Receive A Moving Quote

Posted on: 2 February 2022

If you plan on hiring professional movers to help you move, you will want to get estimates beforehand. Doing so not only gives you a clearer idea of what your move will cost, but it also sheds a light on what services the moving company can and can't provide. As such, when you receive an estimate from a moving company, you should look at more than just the bottom line number. Also, review the notes and details on the estimate, and be prepared to ask your moving team the following questions.

Is the estimate binding?

There are two different types of estimates that movers — and contractors in general — tend to offer. The first is a binding estimate. With a binding estimate, if you choose to hire the company, you will pay exactly the amount on the quote — no more, and no less. With a non-binding estimate, you may be charged a little more or a little less if the conditions of the move change. For instance, if the movers find that you have more items than they assumed, they may charge you more than the quoted price for the move. Most movers who offer non-binding estimates will assure you that the price won't change by more than a certain percent, so you don't have to worry about astronomical changes.

Does the estimate include moving supplies?

Most moving estimates include both supplies and labor. However, it's a good idea to confirm this when you receive an estimate. You don't want to assume boxes, tape, and packing materials are included, only to find that you're charged separately for them later on.

Will the price change if your moving date changes?

Circumstances beyond your control may change and make it necessary for you to change your moving date. You want to know whether doing so may affect the cost of hiring movers. Some moving companies charge the same amount regardless of when you move. Others charge more on weekends, and still others may add a small fee to your bill if you have to change the moving date. Know how your moving company handles date changes in advance, as this may affect whether or not you make date changes.

If you review your moving estimates carefully, you can get a better idea of what to expect, financially and otherwise, when you hire movers. Asking the questions above is a great idea, too.