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April 04, 2018

The Anatomy of a Long Distance Moving Quote

Long Distance Moving Company - Moving QuotePreparing for a long-distance move to Tulsa? If so, then of course you’ll want to double-check that you are receiving the best rate from your residential long-distance moving company. A smart way to get the best value on long distance movers is to get quotes from multiple companies. When looking over the quotes you get from various professional movers, however, there are several important things you'll want to watch out.

1. Estimate Type

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

  • non-binding - the final amount you are charged is based on the actuals (time consumed or distance/weight, depending on how the mover bills) required for your move, which may be more or less than your original estimated amount may have been.
  • not-to-exceed - your total charges are guaranteed to be equal to or less than the rate quoted.
  • binding - the price you're quoted is the amount you will pay for your move no matter what.

When gathering quotes, be sure to find out precisely what kind of estimate each mover is providing.

2. Valuation

Many professional movers will work in a basic amount of insurance coverage to protect you from financial loss if any of your belongings are lost or damaged in transit. The standard rate of coverage is roughly $0.60 per pound, though this can change from one mover to the next, so be sure to ask.

You might also be provided the opportunity to buy additional coverage, which may be suggested if you have valuable things being transported. It is a common misunderstanding that customers automatically have full coverage when they employ a moving company, so be sure and examine coverage before picking a mover.

3. Packing

As part of your long-distance moving quote, packing services might also be included upon your request. If you're interested in getting aid with your packing, a lot of moving companies can provide both partial packing and full packing services. With partial packing, you will get professional assistance with specific things that you've appointed ahead of time. Full packing assistance, however, will comprise of complete assistance with all of your packing and most of the time will include supplies (however this can vary). Make sure to look at each company's pack count and verify the correct service level is being quoted for your long-distance move.

4. 3rd Party Services

Be sure to check for exclusions in your moving estimate. For example, if one 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 reality, you might be in for an unpleasant surprise when the company arrives and tells you appliance service is an additional charge.

While some movers will provide more third-party services than others, it's vital to check with each company and get in writing specifically what's included versus what might be an additional charge.

5. Weight

Lastly, it is imperative to comprehend what the estimated weight is and how precise it is. If there is a vast difference (greater than 10%) between the estimated weight and actual weight of a shipment, it's a possibility that the company mis-quoted or mis-calculated the weight. Be sure you have a good understanding of who will be responsible for the weight difference, should one occur.

At A-1 Freeman Moving Group, we recognize that every single long distance move to Tulsa is very unique. Therefore, we custom tailor our moving services to fit your needs. From our free in-home estimates 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!

The Mickelson Family
The Mickelson Family
Best. Move. Ever!
Very pleased with the overall respect and care the men gave to my possessions. Even mailing me very quickly the only thing lost in transit. Would recommend to anyone needing a long distant move.
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