Moving is hard work. One of the pieces of work hat you need to do while planning out your move is to arrange for an in-house estimate. This is something you definitely want to do, because its the only way you can get a real, binding quote that won't change. You should never accept an over the phone estimate instead of an in-house estimate. Here are some of the questions to ask the movers and factors to consider when you have an in-house estimate conducted.
Give The Movers Your Inventory.
When the moving comes out to perform the estimate, start by giving them an inventory list. This is simply a list of all the items that you need to have moved. Be sure to make this as complete as possible, because the movers will base your quote on this list. In other words, anything you choose to include later that isn't on this list, will likely raise your cost.
The moving company will be able to come up with an estimated weight. That weight is what they will use to create an estimate for you. Assuming that you have already done some basic research and the company comes back as a reliable source, according to places like the Better Business Bureau.
Questions For The Movers.
Once the moving company is actually at your home, be sure to take advantage of this opportunity to ask them some questions. While this could really about anything in the moving process, here are some suggestions:
- Find out which type of estimate you will be receiving. Ideally, you would like to have a binding not to exceed estimate, although this is not universally true, depending on your situation.
- Will this estimate be given to you in writing? Obviously, having your estimate in writing is what you want.
- What about any extra fees? If there may be extra fees, find out under what conditions they would apply, such as carrying items for longer distances, up or down stairs, and more.
- Ask if they have a valid US Department of Transportation number. Also, obtain their license and insurance information, so that you can continue your research.
- Find out how long their company has been in business and ask for any references.
- Learn all about their process for actually moving and handling your possessions including the type of safety precautions and equipment used.
- Ask the company what their process is for filing claims, should their be anything lost or damaged during the transportation.
- How long will it take to deliver your items?
Having an in-house estimate really gives you a lot of peace of mind. By actually seeing all your stuff, both of you will have a more accurate picture of the cost and what will be involved with your move.
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.
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