Whether you use ABC movers, Beltway movers, or any van lines movers, it is not a requirement of the mover to provide you an estimate, however most companies will provide the customer with one. There are 2 types of estimates provided by the mover, and the first one that will be covered is a BINDING estimate. Some moving companies will charge to provide the customer with a binding estimate, which states all the services to be provided to the customer and will describe the shipment.
With a binding estimate, you are not required to pay more than the amount stated, unless there are additional services provided, that were not included with the original quote, such as an elevator charge, shuttle, stair charge, destination regulations, long carry, etc.
The moving company will require payment at time of delivery. A binding estimate must be provided in writing and prior to the customer moving.
As a customer, you are responsible for the entire amount stated on the quote/bid, by cashier’s check, cash, travelers, bank check, unless the company has agreed upon payment terms, or if the company will accept major credit cards as a form of payment. If more services are provided by the company not stated on the binding quote that was not included, this will be due at the same time. If the customer fails to pay the amount of the binding quote or additional services that have been, or need to be performed, the company may hold your items in storage until payment in received.
A “not to exceed” quotes can also be issued. This means the quote will not exceed the estimated amount but may be less if the weight and/or services and packing provided are less.