So you’ve gone through the trouble of gathering estimates from a handful of moving companies, but what now?
Let’s take the mystery out of navigating a moving quote.
Is it? Look for the date and times to be clearly specified. Don’t accept any misleading statements such as “On or around the 23rd”. Ask them to guarantee their availability. It’s also a good idea to have a clause written in, allowing for any unforeseeable schedule changes.
Services like door to door service, loading and unloading trucks, assembling and disassembling furniture, and insurance coverage should all be considered standard and included in the basic quote. Will the insurance cover the replacement cost of damaged goods? Some companies will give the option to upgrade your insurance, so take care to examine your options.
A good quote will also explain any additional costs. Take a look at the pricing of moving supplies such as boxes, wardrobes, and tape. Check to ensure that storage, fuel, and ferry charges are clearly itemized. If you are told that they will be covered in the total price, insist that it be clearly stated in the contract.
Did they visit your home? Feel free to ask them about specials. Does the company offer discounts at various times in the month or to seniors for example?
Make sure that quality won’t be sacrificed, and corners won’t be cut. Will your move still take priority at that price? Will you still receive full service such as furniture covers, professional movers, insurance coverage, etc? Or are they hiding extra fees in the fine print?
Above all, do not hesitate to ask questions, and get everything you can in writing. This will protect you, and provide peace of mind on moving day.