Get An Accurate Moving Quote

By March 29, 2019Moving Blog
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3 TIPS TO GET AN ACCURATE MOVING QUOTE WITH NO FLUFF

Whether you’re moving down the street or to another country, relocating to a new place can be stressful. Besides the list of things to do, you’ll need to find a moving company. We’ve put together three simple tips to help you get an accurate moving quote. Although getting a quote may seem like an obvious task, there are things you should know before contacting a moving company.

Not all moving companies are created equal, and you don’t want to get wrapped up in a bad situation. A wrong move can change the dynamics of your experience. We understand that hiring a moving company is an expensive luxury, but don’t make the mistake of price shopping. You can also check out our moving checklist to help you prepare.

Do some basic research

1. DO SOME RESEARCH BEFORE YOU CALL

With all the options on the internet, it’s easy to get confused. There are dozens of lead generation companies that promise ten quotes from quality moving companies. Lead generation companies only care about their bottom line and will sell your personal information to any company willing to pay. They don’t check licensing, reputation or whether the company is a broker or carrier – don’t waste your time. You can check out some of our reviews here.
HELPFUL TOOLS:
There are certain tools and websites you can use to check the reputation of a moving company, credential and years in business. We recommend Consumer Advocate who’s a third party website that manages reviews, verifies consumer experience and checks credentials. They’re an industry watchdog. We would also suggest Moving.co and Consumer Affairs who also provide a similar service.  Do yourself a favor and make sure to get an accurate moving quote.
If you decide on doing your research through Google, you can check reviews & ratings. Please also keep in mind that the years a company’s been in business and size should be a factor in your equation. A company that moves 20,000 people annually will naturally have more complaints than a smaller interstate moving company. Check out our article on best moving companies for 2019.
Tips for an accurate moving quote

Ask the right questions

2. QUESTIONS TO ASK  – GET AN ACCURATE MOVING QUOTE

Before you spend 20 minutes on a call with a moving company, you should know the right questions to ask to get an accurate moving quote. We never suggest going into a phone call blind. Here are five questions you should ask all moving companies before you proceed.

1. How long have you been in business?
2. Will you outsource my move?
3. Who will I be dealing with after pickup?
4. What’s your DOT number?
5. What does your reputation look like?

You can obviously verify all of this information yourself; however, if you catch a company in a lie then run. Rogue moving companies tend to sell themselves as A+ rated companies when in fact they’re looking to rip people off. Read this article on low ball quotes. These are some simple tips to get an accurate moving quote, but if you have any questions, you can contact us at any time.

Check your inventory

Let them know in advance that you will leave a tip

3. HOW CAN MY ESTIMATE INCREASE? – ARTICLE LIST/PACKING

The main concern of anyone moving is whether or not their moving cost will increase after the pickup day. The number one reason for a price increase is due to additional items and or packing. Moving companies base their pricing on weight or volume, so the more you have, the more expensive your move will cost. Make sure you do what you can to get an accurate moving quote.
GET RID OF UNWANTED ITEMS
Before you spend the time and call a moving company, you should put together an accurate inventory of what you’re moving. We recommend donating or selling some items to help reduce your moving costs. Check out our article on charities that will pick up your unwanted items for free. If you’re planning on self-packing make sure you’re up for the task. Most moving companies offer a full pack option, but self-packing will also help reduce costs. You can purchase packing material from any Home Depot, Uhual or directly from our website.
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