The purpose of this page will be to detail and explicate the varying forms of moving quotes commonly available. We are offering this information because we realize not all companies make it easily accessible. It is our hope that by explaining the pertinent features of moving and storage quotes that you will be better able to choose the company which fits your needs. We will first begin by explaining the purpose served by moving quotes. We will then detail the three most common quotes given. We’ll then conclude with what is common to all moving company quotes.
1) What is the reason quotes are given by companies to begin with? The purpose of a moving quote is to inform you of the estimated charges for your upcoming interstate or local move. Whether you are moving locally, or internationally, the company should provide you with a written quote before you consider signing with them. The quote should include not only the final charges, but also how the figure has been arrived at. Your cost will almost always be calculated based upon either expected weight or expected volume (how much space it will take up in the van). Be sure to ask the company which model they used, especially if you sign a non-binding quote as this can matter a great deal later on in the process. That concludes this section.
2) What types of moving quotes are most commonly provided to potential clients? Binding Relocation Quotes: A binding moving quote cannot be changed by either party. This means that the price you and the moving company agree to is final and neither party can alter the contract no matter what. This type of moving quote offers protection against unjust or unexpected price increases or hidden surcharges because the price is agreed upon ahead of time. A binding quote is almost always preferable to a non-binding quote, except for a few notable situations covered below. You shouldn’t gamble with your family’s possessions. If the moving company you have contracted is in fact professional then they should have no problem providing accurate moving quotes that they are happy to stand behind. This form of quote is sometimes alternatively referred to as a flat-rate or a flat-price quote. This is one of the moving quote types we most often recommend to potential clients.
Guaranteed-Not-To-Exceed Moving Quotes: This form of moving quote very nearly offers the client the best of all possible situations. This form has all the benefits commonly associated with a binding quote. For example, the price of the move cannot go up, and the company cannot hide any charges. Also, if your shipment weighs less than estimated, then the price of your move will go down! This means you have all the protections associated with a binding quote, and you may ultimately pay less than initially agreed upon. This should be the moving quote you ask the moving company to provide. If the company is unwilling to provide you with this form of quote you should ask them why. Most reputable firms are confident enough in their abilities to provide this guaranteed not to exceed quote.
Non-Binding Quotes: This form of contract fails to offer a guaranteed price for the services it is estimating. This means that the company may unilaterally increase the price of the move without your consent for any reason they see fit. As is obvious, this type of contract leaves the customer open to potential manipulation by unscrupulous movers. While there is always the possibility of the price going down, many less than savory moving companies are known for providing non-binding quotes to unsuspecting customers. You should only enter into this contract if you completely trust the company in question.
3) What is common across all available moving company quotes? If you are moving long distance then you will be forced to pay taxes at the state and local level. These taxes cannot be avoided, no matter what moving company you end up with. Often, these moving taxes are referred to as, or are included in, the origin and destination fees on the contract. These should be explicitly detailed on the contract so that you know they have been taken account of. Also, all long-distance moving quotes should include a fuel surcharge. The price of the charge is determined by Congress, and cannot be waived for, or by, any moving company. This charge will be separately detailed as well.
Here are a few more things to look out for when you receive your next moving quote. Regardless of whether you are moving locally or interstate, the cost of packing and the cost of transportation should be broken down separately. The packing section should also include the cost per box packed. Having this information more transparent will make your decision between moving companies easier. You will be more fully competent to compare the moving companies rates and charges this way. No matter the moving quote, both local and long distance, should explicitly state the form of moving insurance the customer has chosen. (For further information on moving insurance feel free to visit our other articles) If you paid for the full value replacement insurance then the contract should say this. Choosing a moving company, no matter whether you are relocating locally or long distance, requires diligence. We hope this information has been useful and you are able to better decide between potential moving companies. Have a great day.