The Anatomy of a Long Distance Moving Quote

Long Distance Moving Company - Moving QuotePreparing for a long-distance move to San Antonio? If so, then of course you will want to double-check that you are receiving the best rate from your residential long-distance moving company. A smart way to lock in the best rate on long distance movers is to get quotes from multiple companies. When evaluating the quotes you obtain from various movers, however, there are several critical items you'll want to watch out.

1. Estimate Type

Long Distance Moving quotes commonly fall into one of these types:

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

When receiving quotes, be sure to find out exactly what type of estimate each company is providing.

2. Valuation

Most professional movers will incorporate a small amount of insurance coverage to protect you from financial loss if any of your belongings are lost or damaged during transport. The standard rate of coverage is roughly $0.60 per pound, though this can differ from one company to the next, so make sure to verify.

You might also be given the option to buy additional coverage, which may be recommended if you have valuable items being moved. It is a common misunderstanding that customers automatically have full coverage when they hire a professional mover, so be sure and discuss coverage before selecting a mover.

3. Packing

As section of your long-distance moving quote, packing services might also be included if you ask for them. If you're interested in receiving help with your packing, a lot of moving companies can provide both partial packing and full packing services. With partial packing, you will get professional help with certain items that you've designated beforehand. Full packing assistance, on the other hand, will encompass total assistance with all of your packing and may even include packing supplies (though this can vary). Make 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

Be sure to look for exclusions in your moving estimate. For instance, if one moving company quotes appliance relocation service and another company does not, you wrongly believe that the second company is providing the best value or lowest quoted price. In actuality, you might be in for an undesirable surprise when the company shows up and tells you appliance service is an added cost.

While some companies will offer more third-party services than others, it's imperative to double check with each company and get in writing specifically what's included versus what may cost extra.

5. Weight

Finally, it is imperative to understand what the estimated weight is and how accurate it is. If there is a vast difference (greater than 10%) between the estimated weight and actual weight of a shipment, it is possible that the mover mis-quoted or mis-calculated the weight. Make sure you ask who will be responsible for the weight difference, should one occur.

At A-1 Freeman Moving Group, we acknowledge that every long distance move to San Antonio is completely unique. Therefore, we build our moving services to fit your needs. From our free in-home consultations for the most accurate quote to packing, loading, and delivery services--we can help with every aspect of your move. Schedule your free consultation or find out more about what we can do for you by clicking here today!