Why in-house estimates are important
Watch the above video to learn about in-house estimates for residential moves from Allied Van Lines. If you’d rather have a synopsis, below are two lists. The first covers why you should get a free in-house estimate before hiring your moving company. The second list covers the three types of estimates you might encounter when talking with moving companies.
The Top Six Reasons To Get An In-house Estimate Before You Select A Moving Company For Your Residential Move
- It allows you to stay within your moving budget
- When you get quotes from several companies, you’ll better understand the cost of the move and where you may be able to save money. This knowledge can help you plan your budget realistically.
- It lessons the risk of being scammed by unscrupulous moving companies
- Stay away from companies that don’t provide in-house estimates or ones that are willing to give an estimate over the phone. If they don’t visit your residence, they can’t give you an accurate quote.
- It enables you to negotiate a better deal
- When you get estimates from several moving companies, you can compare the quotes and select the best one for your move.
- It helps the moving company provide you with a smoother and easier move.
- After discussing your exact needs and surveying the items that need to be moved, your moving company can come prepared with the necessary movers, packers, equipment, and moving supplies.
- It equips you with more moving knowledge.
- You’ll get a sense of the professionalism of the company by personally speaking with the consultant who provides you with your moving estimate.
- It gives you time to make and informed, thoughtful decision.
- You won’t feel rushed or pressured to make a rushed decision.
Types Of Residential Move Estimates Provided by Moving Companies
- Non-binding estimate
- This doesn’t require the moving company to charge what they estimate.
- Binding estimate
- This is a guaranteed price, and holds the moving company to charging the price estimated.
- Not to exceed estimate
- This means you won’t be charged more than the estimated price. But, if the move costs less than your estimate, you are charged this lower, actual cost. That’s why this is usually the best type of estimate.