Getting ready for your move involves a lot of preparation, including how much everything is going to cost you to complete. You can get moving quotes, or cost estimates, directly from moving companies or through a facilitator and you should get a quote from several companies.
How do you get moving quotes and how does the process work? Here’s a closer look at what is involved in this process.
Directly from the Company
The most common way to get moving company estimates is directly from the moving company that you’re considering. All cross country moving companies have some sort of process in place so that they can provide quotes to their potential clients, and they have people on their staff who are trained to put together those quotes.
Through a Moving Facilitator or Moving Brokers
Moving facilitators and moving brokers are two types of companies that can act as a “go-between” for you and the moving companies that you’re considering. Typically, moving facilitators and moving brokers are going to have connections with dozens of moving companies, which allows you to get quotes from a number of them at the same time.
These companies do the most difficult part of finding the right moving company. They’ve already done background checks on all of the movers they work with, so you don’t have to spend all of that time on that process.
When you get a quote from one of these, they will either make you fill out a questionnaire or they will send a professional to come and evaluate how much you’re going to be moving. Then, they will provide that information to the moving companies that they work with. Those companies will come back with quotes for your move, and you can choose the one that fits your needs and budget best.
Moving calculators are not moving estimates, but they can help with the process of putting together a budget for your move. These allow you to put in information about what you’ll be moving in order to give you a rough estimate of just how much a typical moving company would cost you. Moving cost calculators can be a great tool, especially if you are just looking for a baseline to work with for your moving budget.
What Does the Quotes Process Look Like?
The quotes and estimates process is similar for most moving companies and moving facilitators that you may encounter. Here are the steps that you will likely go through in order to get an accurate moving estimate from a moving company.
1. Schedule a time and date for a walk-through
You need to be sure that you work with a moving company that provides a walk-through as part of their quotes process. If they don’t, you may not get as accurate of a quote. So, schedule a time and date for them to send a mover to see how much stuff that they’re going to need to move.
2. Go through the walk-through process
The walk-through process typically takes a bit of time. If you are moving locally, they’ll walk through and get a general idea of how much stuff that they’ll be hauling for you. For long-distance moves, they’ll go through things with more detail, and probably put together an inventory list that they can reference when making an estimate for you.
3. Get a written estimate
You may have to wait a bit (typically no more than 24 hours unless it’s a weekend) to get a written estimate, but it’s an important part of the process. You want to be sure that you have a written estimate in hand so that you and the moving company are both protected. Most estimates are binding, which means that the movers can only vary from that estimate within a certain dollar amount.
4. Compare at least 3 estimates from moving companies
You want to be sure that you have enough information to compare multiple moving companies. The best way to do this is to get at least 3 different quotes from moving companies. Then, you can compare the information you get and make sure that you have the best options possible when you finally choose a mover.
Frequently Asked Questions
How much should I budget for a local move?
Local moves end up costing somewhere between $800 and $2500, with the average move costing around $1500. This is going to vary on a number of factors, including how large your home is and how many movers they are going to need in order to get everything done.
How much should I budget for a long-distance move?
Long distance moves are much more complex than local moves, and there are a variety of factors involved in the cost. The size of your home, the distance of your move, and the number of days it will take all play a role in your cost. Typically, a long-distance move will cost between $2000 and $5700, with the average cost of a long-distance move falling around $3500.
How long will my quote be good for?
Most moving companies will have your moving quote be valid for anywhere from 2 to 4 weeks. A handful will just say it’s eligible as long as you are at your current address – it just depends on the company and how they handle things. The expiry of the moving quote should be listed on your written estimate.
Get Ready for Your Move
There’s a lot to get done, but now that you know how to get a quote, you can start getting your budget in order. Do some research and be sure that you do everything you can in order to get the best company. In the end, you’ll be ready for whatever may come up.