This is the second type of estimate provided to the customer by the mover. Unlike a binding estimate, the mover whether apt mover, building mover, or household goods mover, should not charge for giving a non binding estimate.
A nonbinding estimate is not a contract, it is provided to the customer to give them a general idea of what their costs will be. Also it is not a guarantee that the final bill will be less than or equal to the amount estimated. The estimate should be following the mover’s tariff and the mover should not charge more or less than what their tariff states depending on the weight of the shipment and the services provided.
Nonbinding estimates are provided in writing and should be descriptive on the the shipment entails and all services that are provided to the do the move. Whenever a moving company provides this type of estimate, the amount of charges must be on the order for service and bill of lading.
If the mover is giving a nonbinding estimate, and the total bill exceeds 10% of the estimated amount, the customer does have 30 day to pay anything more than 10% over the estimated amount. If more services are required of the mover that were not originally included on the estimate, then the mover may require payment due at the time of delivery, this is up to the moving company depending on the situation and services provided. The shipper is obligated to pay 110% of the estimated amount at the time of delivery.