How To Get An Accurate Move Estimate

A bad or inaccurate moving estimate can be a lot like bad fast-food, it’s rushed, cheap, and may end up costing you quite a bit more down the road.

Here are three simple ways to improve the quality of your estimate and your moving experience:

Provide details. To give you a good estimate, the moving company will need the details of your move. In general, the more information you provide, the more accurate the estimate. For example, the company will need a list of items you want moved and, of course, your destination will be helpful.

Expect a free and accurate estimate. If you have to pay for your estimate before any work is actually done, you might want to look elsewhere. You should also expect accuracy. Have you ever made it through a fast-food drive-thru only to find when you get home that it’s not all there? If it happens more than once, you’ll find another restaurant. While you can afford an occasional missing bag of fries, you can’t afford even one bad moving experience.

Check their reputation. Do some research on any company that may be moving your valuable stuff. As usual, there are a couple of important things to check before you sign a contract:

  • Check the company’s reputation with the Better Business Bureau
  • Check for positive and negative reviews
  • Check whether or not they are a part of a van lines

While being a part of a van lines does not guarantee ethics or quality, a van lines provides accountability and oversight for the moving company in an effort to ensure a standard of excellence.

Overall, make sure you provide detailed information about your move, find a good ethical moving company and don’t settle for fast-food.


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