When it comes to moving, it's important to plan ahead and get an accurate estimate of the cost. To get a moving estimate, start by researching moving companies near you. Different companies have different quotation processes, so make sure to check what is available from the ones you're interested in. As a general rule of thumb, it's best to schedule your estimate at least four weeks before your preferred moving date.
No, moving companies are required to provide estimates at no cost. But they recognize the value of providing estimates, building relationships with customers, and helping them make informed decisions. When evaluating the total cost of moving, be sure to also consider costs outside of your moving company's estimate. For example, if you're planning to buy cardboard boxes and moving supplies, you'll need to factor those into your budget.
It's also important to keep in mind that the time of week, month and year can affect the cost of your move. For instance, if you move during the “peak moving season” (May to September), you'll likely end up paying more. The same applies to moving during the holidays, on a weekend, or at the beginning or end of the month. So, if possible, try to move on a weekday during a less busy month in order to keep costs down.
Hourly Moving QuotesAn hourly moving quote is based on an estimate of how long your move will take. The company may still be requesting inventory information from you, but it may only be approximate. If they underestimate the amount of time it takes, you'll end up paying more than expected. You need to be very accurate when describing your moving situation, from the amount of furniture to the parking distance and flights of stairs.
Otherwise, you may be charged long-term transportation fees or additional charges that weren't included in the original estimate. It's quick and easy (and very useful) to get a moving quote online, but that's only the first step in hiring a good moving company for your move: Estimates given online or over the phone can never be accurate since moving companies need to see how many and what kind of items you have to move, evaluate any potential obstacles in your home and destination location, and discuss your specific requirements with you in order to make a realistic estimate and inform you of the actual cost of your move.