The Anatomy of a Long Distance Moving Quote

Long Distance Moving Company - Moving QuoteAnticipating a long-distance move to Little Rock? If so, then of course you’ll need to make sure that you're getting the best rate from your residential long-distance moving company. A preferred way to find the best value on long distance movers is to consider several companies. When evaluating the estimates you get from various professional movers, however, there are a few vital things you'll want to look at closely.

1. Estimate Type

Long Distance Moving estimates commonly fall into one of three categories:

  • non-binding - the final amount you are billed is based on the actuals (amount of time or mileage/weight, depending on how the mover bills) required for your move, regardless of what 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 relocation no matter what.

When gathering quotes, be sure to find out precisely which type of estimate each moving company is providing.

2. Valuation

A lot of professional movers will build in a small amount of insurance coverage to help guard you from financial loss if any of your things are lost or damaged during transport. The standard rate of coverage is usually $0.60 per pound, though this can differ from one company to the next, so make sure to confirm.

You might also be given the option to buy additional coverage, which may be advised if you have valuable stuff being moved. It is a common wrong idea that customers automatically get full coverage when they hire a professional mover, so be sure and examine coverage before picking a mover.

3. Packing

As section of your long-distance moving quote, packing services may also be included upon your request. If you're interested in receiving help with your packing, a lot of moving companies offer both partial packing and full packing services. With partial packing, you will receive professional aid with specific items that you have appointed beforehand. Full packing assistance, alternately, should involve full assistance with all of your packing and most likely even includes supplies (however this can vary). Be sure to double check each company's pack count and confirm the correct service level is being quoted for your long-distance move.

4. 3rd Party Services

Always check for exclusions in your moving estimate. For example, if one mover quotes appliance relocation service and another company does not, you jump to the conclusion that the second mover is supplying the best value or lowest quoted price. In reality, you may be in for an undesirable surprise when the company arrives and breaks the news that appliance service is an additional charge.

While some moving companies will offer more third-party services than others, it's imperative to verify with each company and get in writing precisely what is included versus what will be an additional cost.

5. Weight

Finally, it is vital to look at what the estimated weight is and how precise it is. If there is a large variance (more than 10%) between the estimated weight and actual weight of the shipment, it's possible that the company 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 recognize that each long distance move to Little Rock is entirely unique. Hence, we build our moving services to fit your needs. From our free in-home estimates for the most accurate 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!