What will a move estimate tell me?

  • Schedule at least two on-site estimates, which should be provided free of charge.
  • Don’t rely on a quote provided solely over the phone or over the internet. When moving across state lines, your charge is based on the actual weight of your shipment and where you are moving from and to.. You are better off meeting face-to-face with the mover’s representative to ensure that you both understand what is involved.
  • During the on-site estimate, be sure to show the representative everything that is to be moved. Don’t forget about the items in the attic, basement, or perhaps a storage space. The estimator should ask you questions and be very knowledgeable regarding the process.
  • Ask about loss or damage options. Valuation provides protection from loss or damage to your possessions. The valuation option you choose determines the basis upon which any claim will be adjusted and the maximum liability of the mover. The liability of a mover for loss or damage is based upon the mover’s tariffs, as well as federal laws and regulations, and has certain limitations and exclusions. Valuation is not insurance; it is simply a tariff-based level of motor carrier liability.
  • Please be assured that “Low-ball” price quotes are usually offered by significantly lower-quality companies, or they could be an indication of a mover who plans to “up” the price in a moving scam.
  • You need to be comfortable with the mover you choose. After all, they are handling your most valued things. If you get the feeling that you are just another job then don’t commit.
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