Securing accurate moving estimates is an important part of the moving process. Without them, a homeowner may end up paying more than they expected to. There are a couple things a homeowner can do to prepare for the assessment and a couple things to look out for. While reputable companies can be trusted during this process, the more transparent the evaluation, the better off the homeowner will be. A prepared homeowner will also help the moving company, as this is how a service determines what kind of labor and equipment will be needed for the job.
There are several varieties of moving estimates that the industry uses to calculate cost and expected work time. Most companies offer evaluations over the phone or online, which can provide a basic idea of how much the job will cost. Established, reputable services will also provide an on-site assessment that will give the homeowner a much more detailed idea of what costs will be incurred. No matter the method, though, a homeowner can better prepare for the evaluation by keeping some information on hand. During an online or phone assessment, the homeowner should know how many rooms are in the house that will require service and if there are any unique items that need to be handled. This normally includes fragile, heavy or especially bulky items like fine glass or a grand piano. Loading these items may require special equipment or additional labor, so the moving company needs to know about them ahead of time.
A homeowner should also be able to tell the company where the end destination is. This may seem like an obvious step, but it is important to be precise. If storage will also be required, it is best to let the company know ahead of time. Storage space has to be reserved and any extra furniture or household goods will need to be transported by the company’s truck. These will both alter the final evaluation, so make sure they are included in the assessment.
For in-home moving estimates, the process is a little more involved and the evaluation will be more detailed as a result. During this assessment, a representative from the moving company will survey the amount of work that needs to be done, taking note of any unique items or room layouts. During this process, it is best to specify exactly what part of the move the service will be responsible for completing. Moving companies can provide a range of services, from packing to transport to unloading and setting up furniture. If the homeowner wants to oversee parts of the job to reduce costs, the company should be informed during the evaluation process. Any special requests regarding how things are packed or loaded should also be communicated during the evaluation process. Homeowners that have particularly precious mementos or valuable items may want them to receive additional protection during the move. This should be factored into the assessment.
Finally, the most important part of the process is to verify any paperwork concerning the evaluation for accuracy. Make sure all fees and terms are understood before agreeing to a job. This will ensure the move goes as planned.