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What You Need To Know About Estimates

For your knowledge, there are 3 main types of estimates (when moving out of state or over 100 miles as the weight, space for your items, and the distance you go determines the cost). Locals are jobs under 100 miles and are based on an hourly rate (and hidden fees sometimes) and usually are open-ended and not in any way binding unless explicitly agreed in writing. This can get complicated so of course, my company would be happy to explain all of this in detail if you would like a free in-person estimate at your home. Below is a basic description of the types of estimates you may be given.




  •     Binding: A binding quote means that the final  contract price is based on the estimated weight of the shipment,  regardless of the final shipping weight. So, you pay the quoted price even if the shipping weight is less than the estimated weight.
  •     Binding Not-to-Exceed: A binding not-to-exceed quote means that you pay the quoted price unless the actual shipping weight turns out to be less than the estimated weight. In this case, the price would be adjusted down, making this the most favorable option for the customer.
  •     Non-Binding: With a non-binding quote, the final cost of the move will be determined by the actual weight of the shipment. However, the non-binding quote should give you a ballpark idea of the cost. Legally, a mover may not charge more than 110% of the original non-binding estimate provided.



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