How Movers Create Estimates
The more items you have the higher the mover’s estimate will be. Most movers base their estimates on the weight of all the items to be moved. It’s not a bad idea to do an inventory of all the items that you wouldn’t mind parting with in order to lower the cost of your move.
Make sure you have list all the items that will be moved, because this will give you the most accurate estimate. Most often, when you’re getting estimates you’ll run into two kinds of estimates. There is the binding estimate, which basically guarantees the price provided and implies that you won’t pay extra as long as you don’t add any items to the list. Keep in mind that if you end up with more items on the moving list, the price will go up.
The second type of estimate is a non-binding estimate. The non-binding estimate is not guaranteed; it’s basically a guess on what the mover thinks all the items will weigh, therefore the price is finalized once the items are weighed. With a non-binding estimate the mover doesn’t have to guarantee a price.
Don’t forget that it’s very important to find out the mover’s acceptable forms of payment to avoid any uncomfortable situations the day of the move. Not all movers accept all major credit cards, so make sure to ask about that prior to your move.