The Anatomy of a Long Distance Moving Quote

Long Distance Moving Company - Moving QuoteGetting ready for a long-distance move to El Paso? If so, then of course you need to confirm that you're getting the best value from your residential long-distance moving company. A smart way to get the best value on long distance movers is to consider several companies. When looking over the quotes you receive from various companies, however, there are several critical things you will want to look at closely.

1. Estimate Type

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

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

When receiving quotes, be sure to note precisely which type of estimate each mover is providing.

2. Valuation

Many professional movers will build in a basic amount of insurance coverage to protect you from financial loss if any of your things 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 be sure to verify.

You might also be provided the option to purchase additional coverage, which may be advised if you have valuable things being transported. It is a frequent misunderstanding that customers automatically have full coverage when they engage a professional mover, so make sure and discuss coverage before picking a mover.

3. Packing

As part of your long-distance moving quote, packing services could also be included upon your request. If you're interested in getting aid with your packing, many moving companies offer both partial packing and full packing services. With partial packing, you will get professional assistance with specific things that you have earmarked ahead of time. Full packing assistance, alternately, will involve total assistance with all of your packing and most likely even includes packing supplies (however this can vary). Make sure to look at each company's pack count and confirm the service you are expecting 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 jump to the conclusion that the second company is providing the best value or lowest quoted price. In reality, you might be in for bad news when the company shows up and informs you appliance service is an added cost.

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

5. Weight

Finally, it's important to look at what the estimated weight is and how precise it is. If there is a large variance (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. Make sure you ask who will be responsible for the weight difference, should one occur.

At A-1 Freeman Moving Group, we understand that each long distance move to El Paso is altogether unique. Hence, we custom tailor our moving services to fit your requirements. From our free in-home consultations for the most exact quote to packing, loading, and delivery services--we can assist with every facet of your long-distance move. Schedule your free consultation or find out more about what we can do for you by clicking here today!