Ask About Storage Options
Say you’re moving across town. In best-case scenarios, your moving company will pack your things, transport, and unpack everything within a day. But what if you can’t take everything with you just yet?
In that case, you may need a reliable storage option. Granted, you could find your own. But why bother if you’re already browsing for online moving quotes.
Online quotes for moving companies won’t always include storage prices. That doesn’t mean moving companies aren’t partnered with local storage facilities or have their own. Storage is an extra service that can be mandatory in certain moving scenarios.
You should figure out if local moving quotes can include a short-term storage option and determine how much of a difference it makes on your bill. If it’s something you really need, then you can filter out even more movers based on storage availability.
Another way to compare moving truck quotes is by availability and scheduling. A great, affordable quote won’t do you any good if you have to wait an extra two to three weeks to move your belongings.
Luckily, local movers rarely have their trucks tied up for days and weeks at a time because the jobs can be completed quickly.
Still, depending on the demand and time of the year, some movers won’t be able to commit to a fast turnaround time on your order.
When comparing moving dates, availability isn’t the only consideration to keep in mind. Online moving quotes are heavily influenced by seasonal holidays, national holidays, seasons, etc. Thus, you should also consider who can give you a better rate for special moving dates when you compare movers.
Some companies may have unusually high prices during peak season and little to no flexibility. Try to make sure you’re getting the best bang for your buck, no matter when you plan on moving.
And here’s another tip. When talking to different companies and comparing online moving quotes, don’t forget to ask for how long the quote will be valid. Many factors can alter the base quote in a few days or weeks after they offer it.
Compare Flat Rates
It doesn’t matter if you want to move locally or internationally. Every moving company has a flat distance rate that can increase or decrease based on various considerations.
When comparing the best moving quotes, you should ask for a breakdown of the flat rates for distance, weight, time of year, etc.
Doing this ensures you understand who can give you a better deal, especially if you’re not getting a binding or binding-not-to-exceed quote.
Furthermore, learning the flat rates can help you understand how the other services fit into the quote, like labor costs, packing costs, storage services, etc.
Depending on the services you need, the cheapest flat rate might not make a big difference if the moving company’s other services or fuel surcharges are very expensive.
What’s the Difference Between an Online Moving Quote and an Official Quote?
As previously mentioned, a quote is an estimate or the moving company’s best guess as to how much you can expect to pay to relocate your belongings.
However, the official quote is what you get after the movers inspect your items and shipping requirements. This can be done virtually or on-site, but it must occur for a quote to be labeled official.
A moving company representative typically comes to your home to assess the inventory, figure out the equipment necessary to handle them, transportation costs, labor intensity, etc.
After that, they will give you an estimated price you can expect to pay when you get the bill.
Any online moving quote is still an estimate, no matter how accurate, because the shipping company won’t know all the logistics involved until they complete the job.
That said, you should always get a quote for moving online. Even a rough approximation can give you a good idea if a moving company is outside your price range or doesn’t offer some of the needed services.
You Don’t Need More Than Three Quotes
Even with a blueprint to compare movers, gathering all the information you need to make the best decision can still take time. While looking at the top five or even top 10 local movers is tempting, that may require time you can’t afford to waste.
Sticking to three companies and three different online moving quotes is generally enough. This is true especially if you already did your due diligence and selected reputable, certified companies with great reviews.
From there, you can use the suggestions in this article to determine who can meet your expectations promptly without burning a hole in your wallet.