Before anything else happens you need to finish a moving estimate. Depending on your personality and estimator this can be a fun experience.
Ask About “Base Rates”
Many companies have a low rate which they offer for short trips. The same goes for other companies with the amount of weight. In both cases you can save time and money by asking about any deals they have here.
Keep Things Friendly
A moving estimate is not a competition. If you have a feeling that it is then look for another group. Both clients and workers sometimes go into this with a combative mindset. The results are never good when this happens. If possible both parties should think of the other as a friend by the end. Manners are more important here than in many other situations.
Learn the “Delivery Windows”
Most companies also have set times where they pick items up. These are the “Delivery Windows” that you need to learn about. With some companies they might show up two hours or more away from your time. It is easy to avoid inconveniences by learning what these are ahead of time.
Make Sure Your Estimator Cares
As with any discussion the associate should also ask you questions. They need to know how you want things handled. Learning your style and schedule is important to any successful move. During your moving estimate they should have questions as well.
Look for Hidden Fees
Several of these tips apply to our other articles as well. This is a big one of course. Some services are worth the cost as well. Packing, especially for difficult items, is a useful expense. At the same time your company should state everything in the moving estimate. They should have nothing to hide from you during this experience.
Create Clear Lines of Communication
This is the area of the mover where most miscommunication occurs. Your moving company should always speak to you with respect. At the same time it is important to show them the same consideration. It saves both parties a great deal of trouble.
Read Your Contract Front-to-Back
Always read the fine print on every contract. Even a good mover may have term which you do not agree with. It is also a great way to weed out bad companies. If they object to you reading their terms then something is wrong. Another warning sign is an incomplete or even blank contract. Never make an “oral contract” with any company. There are just too many ways to take advantage of that.
Set Up a Schedule
It is easy to forget this section if you are in the middle of packing. Most moving estimators will ask about this at the end. It can slip their mind though so be sure to ask them about it. If you confirm the time and date early on then both parties will know what to expect. This goes hand-in-hand with the “Delivery Windows” point.
We hope that you have a quick and affordable estimate. Look forward to new guides each week and find out more.