Comparing Estimates By Movers: What To Look Out For

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Comparing Estimates By Movers: What To Look Out For
Comparing Estimates By Movers: What To Look Out For

Whether it is local or international moving, it is crucial that you compare the different quotes from different movers. In fact, this is the last thing to do when you have gauged the moving company on all other parameters. When you get all their quotes, you are better placed to make a choice. Check the services the company is offering compared to their prices.

This is what you should be looking out for:

Is it a full package?

A full package will include every service that the moving company offers and the quotation for each summed up. This will mean that no other costs will be quoted outside what is in the package. Sometimes this might appear more costly compared to others but, sometimes these seemingly higher quotations end up being the cheapest. Be careful; a low quotation may sometimes mean that other services have been withdrawn only for them to later emerge as additional costs.

Willingness to offer discounts

A good moving company should have the flexibility to offer discounts in their offering. This could be for monetary gain or just as an added free service. A company may have a seemingly high quote, but their service discounts supersede what others have to offer. Be on the lookout for such.

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Check for professional packing offered as an extra service

Some companies may give slightly higher quotations but give free packing services. This would be a big boost to your budget. Packing is a costly affair that could take more than an eighth of your budget, and if someone offers to do it as an extra free service, then that is a good offer.

Temporary storage offered as a free service

Whether it’s while on transit or once you reach your destination, you may need a place to temporarily store your valuables. This is more so if what you are moving is stock that you are supposed to deliver to a client or if you had not had enough time to look for a house in your new destination. Be sure your moving company lets you know how much they would charge you for that service beforehand.

Liability coverage offered

As part of the professional mover’s service, there should be an insurance cover that will assure you of full compensation in case damage is incurred. Confirm that the cover is comprehensive and is being given by a reputable insurance company. You never know when calamity will strike and it is better to be prepared.

It is imperative to take your time and go through different companies’ quotations before you settle on a specific one. Do not be in a rush to sign that contract; usually, scammers are quick to have you sign and then they later reveal hidden costs and other things that you are not aware of. Choose a professional moving company that gives you ample time to peruse through the contract and does not push you to make a decision.


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After college, he started his career in the auto transport industry from the bottom up and has done virtually every job there is to do at A-1 Auto Transport, including but not limited to: Truck Driver, Dispatch, Sales, PR, Bookkeeping, Transport Planner, Transport Manager, International Transport Manager, Brokering, Customer Service, and Marketing. Working with his mentor Tony Taylor, Joe Webster has learned the ins and outs of this industry which is largely misunderstood. 

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