Different Types of Moving Estimates And What They Mean

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Different Types of Moving Estimates And What They Mean

Different Types of Moving Estimates And What They Mean

If you are using professional movers they will give you an estimate of their costs before they offer you their services. Unfortunately, most people do not understand terms used and they end up paying more than the estimate. This article will decipher what some of the terms movers use actually mean. Hopefully next time you are on the look-out for a mover you will make better choices.

Non-Binding estimate

Non-binding generally means that something is not bound by any contract. This type of estimate can either go lower or higher depending on the final weight of your stuff.

The advantage of a non-binding estimate is that you won’t pay more if your stuff is less but on the downside, the cost can go way up.

Binding estimates

This type of estimate is more specific and accurate. The estimated amount you will be given by the moving company is not subject to change even if the stuff ends up weighing more or less. This type of estimate gives the homeowner some peace of mind because they know their moving costs up-front and there is no chance of being ripped off. However, if the mover overestimated your stuff and gave you a higher amount than the actual weight, you will feel the pinch of paying more than your stuff weighs.


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Binding not to exceed

Binding not to exceed is considered the best type of estimate especially for long distance moves. While the estimate is legally binding, meaning the client won’t be ripped off by movers, the amount can be lowered if your stuff weighs less. The homeowner has peace of mind that the figure won’t go up beyond the estimate but it can certainly be reduced depending on how much stuff there is in the house.

110 percent rule

The 110 percent rule is not another type of estimate but rather a rule established to regulate non-binding estimates. According to the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration, the mover can only charge you 110% of a non-binding estimate and not more. For example, if the non-binding estimate is $1000 and the final bill ends up being $2000, the mover can only collect $1100 which is 110% of their estimate. This rule was put in place to protect consumers from unscrupulous moving companies that would give low estimates and then charge the client double or even triple that amount.

Additional and advanced charges

While the estimate may not go beyond 110%, the company can still charge you for other services that are not included in the package. The services include packing and unpacking, preparing large items and storage facilities. The company can also pay a third party company for you so they are able to access your items in the home. These advanced charges will be added to your final bill.

A lot of technical details go into moving your stuff when you decide to use professional movers. However, as long as you understand the moving terms, your move will be smooth and peaceful.

Joe Webster

Written by Joe Webster

Joe Webster began his journey in the auto transport field by attending the University of Southern California (USC), where he graduated with a Bachelor of Business Marketing.

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.

With over 30 years experience in the industry, we've been helping people ship their vehicles, motorcycles, RV's, heavy equipment, household goods and more across the country or overseas without a hitch. Ask us anything.

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