What goes into a moving estimate?

The approximate number of items to be moved (including boxes, furniture, and everything else), the origin and destination addresses, and the distance between them. An in-home estimate allows moving companies to calculate your moving quote based on your furniture and household items. A moving professional visits your home to prepare a list of your furniture and asks you questions about the details of the move. This helps them provide the most accurate estimate possible.

Driving time and distance for long-distance or interstate movements become a much more significant part of the equation. The most basic level of liability, Freed Value Protection, is automatically included in the cost of your move. Often, moving companies provide a simple quote online and then schedule an in-person follow-up where they can inspect your belongings and give you a more detailed quote. That said, each estimate comes down to the size of your current home and the number of household items you need to move in.

A moving company can rip you off by getting you to sign an incomplete budget and then add charges you never accepted. This uncertainty is why most companies prefer to see their home in person sometime before the move. To move with a container, all you have to do is load it and the container company will take care of the rest. Enlist friends and family to help you: Unless you are willing to pay for a professional move or work assistance, try to ask your friends and family for help.

In addition, it is important to get moving quotes from several moving companies before hiring a company to move your belongings. Moving quotes are an estimate provided by a moving company of how much it will cost to move your items. It's what the moving company says your assets are worth and the maximum amount you'll be responsible for, based on the weight of your belongings. Getting a moving quote is usually the first step in hiring a move, and comparing multiple quotes can help you find a good deal.

A detailed estimate of the moving cost should always be customized based on the exact details of the move, allowing you to compare the costs from one move to another, but also with a DIY move. If moving across state lines, the moving company must comply with regulations set by the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA).

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