Always provide the moving estimator with as much accurate information as possible; you’ll receive a more accurate estimate of your move.
- Let the move estimator know exactly which moving services you are seeking. Tell him the exact destination of your residential or long distance move, if you have this information. Show him every item that you want to move and inform him of any high value items you are including in the move.
- Have the mover estimator explain how he will calculate the estimated price of your move. Know what the estimate includes and doesn’t include. Ask about additional charges, such as stair carries, elevators, long carries, and shuttle services if their move truck can’t enter a narrow street or if there are building restrictions for large moving trucks.
- Notify him of any extra stops that you will be requiring if you have items that you wish to pickup or drop-off along the way. In addition, if you know that you will not be able to move into your new place immediately, discuss storage options.
- We recommend that you a request a binding or not-to-exceed estimate. Have him put every offer into writing.
- We recommend that you purchase extra coverage for your items, especially if you are transporting expensive items. The basic limited liability coverage offered to you, free of charge, by the movers will not be sufficient. Depending on the state and whether the move is a local or long distance, the coverage may be anywhere between 30-60 cents per pound per article. For example, in the state of New York, under the basic coverage, you will receive 60 cents per article per pound for long distance moves, 30 cents per pound per article for local moves. Tell the estimator that you want to purchase extra coverage.
- Discuss your method of payment. Accepted forms of payment are cash, bank & traveler’s checks, and, if prearranged, credit cards or personal checks.
- Ask the mover who will be your contact person during the moving process.