1 Ask for an on-site estimate. Once you’re sure a company is genuine, it’s time to search for pricing. Contact the company staff to request an on-site estimate, in which the company sends an employee to look for your belongings and estimate how much the move will cost to you. Ask for a “binding” estimate if possible, which will clearly list the cost of each service provided by company. A “non-binding” estimate could become more expensive when the company actually charges you. The exact laws governing binding and non-binding estimates vary between states and countries, so look up for laws in your area if you want to be sure what the estimate tells you.
· Show the estimator everything to make an accurate estimate. This includes closets, basement, the backyard and sheds, and anywhere else where movable or removable goods are stored. If the estimator doesn’t make a precise examination, don’t trust the estimate.
2 Inquire about all extra charges. Read the fine print very carefully to work out how much the move will actually cost. Ask the movers company to inform you all charges, including fees for moving or removing certain items, packing and unpacking each and every carton, or using additional packing material if needed. If the fees looks unreasonable, move on to another movers company.
3 Learn about how to get reimbursed for damaged or lost items. Ask the movers company for information on valuation, which will tell you how much the movers company will pay you if items are damaged or lost during movement. A moving company may offer you several valuation services at different prices, and if you do not specifically sign a document agreeing to one kind of service, they may try to charge you on a more expensive plan.
· Some valuation services are included at no any extra cost. However, these may only provide you with a very small percentage of the damaged item’s value.
· More detailed and good plans may require the movers to replace, repair, or pay for damaged items in full. However, these typically cost more and may be limited to specific expensive items. Be sure to list each and every item you want covered on the valuation agreement.
4 Be wary of much lower estimates. If one company gives you much lower cost estimates than its competitors, don’t jump on the opportunity without doing your research. This could mean an inaccurate, false or dishonest estimate, or lower quality service that could damage your belongings. In the worst case scenario, it could be a scam that steals your items or holds them ransom for extra additional fees.