Most moving companies base their local moving quotes on the time it’ll take for them to pack up the contents of your household and transfer it to the new location. The Movers would also be willing to give you a general quote online for you to compare, however for a more accurate quote, a live estimate is probably best. This would allow the estimator to do a walk through of the area and see exactly how many items need to be moved.
If you are getting your quote over the phone the first thing to do is to see how much you have to move. It will be easier to go room to room making a checklist while still on the phone, with the local movers listing all the furniture you have. If the local moving business is good they’ll also ask you questions like “Is there any artwork? Or how many lamps do you have? Do you have any office furniture etc. They’ll also ask you to estimate the number of boxes you have, and even though this may be a little difficult for you an experienced estimator should be able to come to a conclusion. Once they have this information we need to move on to the destination. The mover will ask questions regarding where to deliver the product, are there any restrictions, What floor is your apartment on? Is your home on a one way street? By getting these details correct, there can be a difference of 25% to 35% on your quote so make sure you cover as much information as possible.
Once your estimate has all this information the movers should be able to give you a quote which includes the pricing and how it was determined, the approximate time it’ll take for your move and approximate cost of materials. Our Moving Resource guide recommends that you get at least 3 quotes for comparison before you decide on a mover and you should get everything in writing so there’s not confusion later on.
Moving Resource – Rental Truck Tips
You can also get your move completed by doing it yourself. Unless your’e making the move international you would need a rental truck to help with your relocation. Some things to watch out for when your renting a truck.
Moving Resource: Decide what size rental truck you need before you call
Trucks come in all shapes and sizes but if your not careful you may end of with a truck that’s either too small to carry all your belongings to your new house or a truck that’s too big and you have wasted space. You can use our Move Calculator to see how many cubic feet of household goods you need to move. Once you know how many items you have, you can get the appropriate truck. Give yourself a 20% margin since not all furniture fits perfectly.
Moving Resource: Questions to ask when comparing Rentals
What is the per day rate? Is there a Grace Period?
What are my insurance options?
Are moving blankets and dollies included in the van?
What is the per mile rate?
These are some of the questions you should be asking before you rent a truck. If you have any more questions feel free to go through this guide and browse through the information we have here.