First of all, different states have different laws regarding local or intrastate (within state) moves. You need to understand local moving regulations so read state moving regulations. Find out how local moves are handled in your state, how they are priced, and your rights and responsibilities as a shipper. Then decide whether you want an onsite or phone estimate. If you want a phone estimate, read Local Moving Quotes Over the Phone, if you want (or need) an onsite moving quote follow along below, that’s what we are covering in this article.
Call your potential movers and set up time for their representative to come out. It may be less convenient for you but schedule them separately, you can get more information from the estimates one at a time (and the moving company representative will appreciate the respect of an individual meeting).
When the move estimator arrives at your home, hopefully they are on time, or have communicated that they will be late. Once they get inside they should basically go through 2 parts of the moving quote.
First, it’s good if you walk around your home with the estimator as he or she determines the level of service that you need. You need to convey to them if you require packing services for your boxes, ( or if you are planning on not taking certain items, etc), so they can determine how much is going and what needs to be done with your items to make them move ready. The move estimator will usually use a “cube sheet” (whether paper, or computerized)that lists furniture by room and a section for boxes. As the estimator goes from room to room he or she puts a tick mark next the coinciding items in the room. Because of this, it’s important that the estimator opens ups all cupboard and closets for accuracy. It’s also important to visit every room and review any attic storage, crawl space storage, outdoor items, sheds and garages. Accuracy is the key in getting a quote so the more information the better.
After you visit every area of your home, the move estimator can either ask you a list of questions, and get the quote back to you or sit down and calculate your quote on site, giving you the opportunity to discuss and ask questions. This onsite approach is the preferred method for most move customers and movers. Once the estimator totals up the size of the move, he or she should review with you how your charges will be calculated (hourly, etc) and why (how they determine time, crew size, etc). This logical approach will give the process validity. The estimator should explain material charges like stretch wrap and tape and how the furniture and your home will be handled and protected from damage. Finding out about the size or longevity of the moving company is good but a nuts and bolts explanation of the move is probably more helpful in making an educated moving decision. Always make sure you discuss your insurance options, the movers’ liability, as well as methods of payment, timing of payment and line of communication meaning who is the contact person? Are cell phone numbers given out for company representatives? Is the estimator available after the quote process etc?
Finally a written quote (or moving estimate) is good to have to avoid confusion and aids in clarity of covering services and costs. If you local onsite move estimator follows these rules, you have a good chance of getting good quotes that can be compared and contrasted easily and ultimately help you make the best decision in choosing your moving company.