December 19, 2018

The Price is Right: How to Find the Best Moving Quotes

Back in the day before the Internet, consumers had to perform an exhaustive search for the best moving quotes the old fashioned way. They let their fingers do the walking. The thick consumer resource called the Yellow Pages almost required the most accomplished detectives to call and negotiate price quotes with moving companies. Not only that, consumers were not 100% sure the moving estimates they received represented accurate amounts. After all, you had to take the word of the moving company representative issuing the quote.

In 2018, how do you find the best moving quotes?

Going Online is the Way to Go

For short distance moves, going online is the way to find the best moving quotes. You use a search engine to geo-target moving companies operating in your area. Then, you utilize moving company website tools that churn out moving quotes within seconds of you inputting the cost calculation variables such as the distance of the move and the size of a moving truck. Real time moving estimates save a considerable amount of time, as well as create a digital trail that proves a moving company quoted you a specific amount to move your stuff cross town. Most long distance moves involve a representative from a moving company visiting your home to calculate an estimate. You probably do not like having a stranger enter your home and spend more than an hour reviewing all the items you plan to move and store. However, onsite moving quotes turn out to be much more accurate, which allows you to budget enough money to relocate from one coast to the other coast.

Ask Questions to Get the Best Moving Quotes

Whether you go online or have a representative from a moving company visit your home, you should prepare for either scenario by drafting a list of questions to ask for receiving the best moving estimates.

Here is a list of some of the questions to ask:

Do you offer insurance?

Does your company hire independent contractors to help with moves? How long do you expect the move to take? How long have you been in business? What fees do you charge in addition to the moving quote?

Some of the hidden fees to look for in a moving contract include late arrival charges and fees to account for movers having to climb stairs to reach your home and or/ new residence. Before you make the decision to go with the mover offering the best quote, spend some time researching the company online. First, read the summary of the moving company presented by the Better Business Bureau (BBB). Then, visit consumer review sites like Yelp and Google to see what other customers have written about the moving company. Pay special attention to reviews that discuss moving quotes.