The Anatomy of a Long Distance Moving Quote

Long Distance Moving Company - Moving QuoteAnticipating a long-distance move to Atlanta? If so, then of course you want to confirm that you are obtaining the best value from your residential long-distance moving company. One of the best ways to get the best rate on long distance movers is to get quotes from multiple companies. When looking over the quotes you obtain from various movers, however, there are several important items you will want to look for.

1. Estimate Type

Long Distance Moving estimates commonly fall into one of these types:

  • non-binding - the final amount you are billed is based on the actuals (time consumed or distance traveled/totoal weight of the shipment, depending on how the mover bills) required for your move, which may be more or less than your beginning quoted amount may have been.
  • not-to-exceed - your total invoice is guaranteed to be equal to or less than the price quoted.
  • binding - the price you're quoted is the amount you will pay for your move no matter what.

When accumulating quotes, make sure to note exactly what type of estimate each company is providing.

2. Valuation

A lot of professional movers will build in a standard amount of insurance coverage to protect you from financial loss if any of your belongings are lost or damaged in transit. The standard rate of coverage is about $0.60 per pound, though this can differ from one company to the next, so be sure to verify.

You may also be provided the choice to purchase additional coverage, which may be recommended if you have valuable items being transported. It's a common misconception that customers automatically have full coverage when they employ a moving company, so be sure and review coverage prior to picking a mover.

3. Packing

As section of your long-distance moving quote, packing services might also be included if you ask for them. If you are interested in receiving help with your packing, some moving companies can provide both partial packing and full packing services. With partial packing, you will get professional help with specific things that you've earmarked ahead of time. Full packing assistance, on the other hand, will comprise of complete assistance with all of your packing and most likely even includes supplies (however this can vary). Be sure to check each company's pack count and confirm the service you are expecting is being quoted for your long-distance move.

4. 3rd Party Services

Make sure and look for exclusions in your moving estimate. For instance, if one mover quotes appliance relocation service and another company does not, you jump to the conclusion that the second company is supplying the best value or lowest quoted price. In reality, you could be in for an undesirable surprise when the company shows up and informs you appliance service is additional.

While some companies may offer more third-party services than others, it's imperative to check with each company and get in writing precisely what's included versus what might be an additional charge.

5. Weight

Lastly, it is important to understand what the estimated weight is and how exact it is. If there is a vast difference (more than 10%) between the estimated weight and actual weight of the shipment, it's a possibility that the mover mis-quoted or mis-calculated the weight. Make sure you have a good understanding of who will be responsible for the weight difference, should one occur.

At A-1 Freeman Moving Group, we understand that every single long distance move to Atlanta is completely unique. Therefore, we craft our moving services to suit your needs. From our free in-home estimates for the most exact quote to packing, loading, and delivery services--we do it all. Schedule your free consultation or learn more about what we can do for you by clicking here today!