Moving Company Quotes: Top 3 Things to Watch For
Moving can be exciting, but there is a lot to figure out before moving day and the planning process can be stressful. That’s why it’s important to do your homework and choose a moving company that fits your needs.
Think about the details and logistics of your move:
What date and time do you need to be out of your current home? Does it line up perfectly with the possession date at your new home?
Do you want to do the packing yourself with the help of a few friends and family, or will you need more help?
Can you complete your entire move in one day?
Would a little extra time to pack and unpack your things take some of the stress off?
Will you need storage in between homes?
Are you comfortable driving a moving truck yourself, or would you rather leave the driving to someone else?
Rest assured, there is a moving solution out there for you, it just may take some time and effort to find the best fit for your situation.
An experienced moving company can streamline the moving process, take great care with your belongings, and will try to save you time and money. However, finding a reputable mover can prove difficult if you don’t know what to look for.
Chances are you’ll want a moving company that can meet your specific needs, has a proven track record of excellence, and offers great value. You’ll find those promises from most companies, but to ensure they’re true, it’s important to do your homework. That’s why sourcing moving company quotes before you make a decision is an important step to finding the best one for you.
How to Compare Moving Companies
Sometimes the best source of information comes from someone close to home. The first step in choosing a moving company can be as simple as asking family and friends about companies they’ve used and would recommend. If they had similar moving needs to yours, ask them what they liked about the moving company they used and what they didn’t like. This can help narrow things down.
Look for movers that are part of the Canadian Association of Movers, as members are required to follow a code of ethics. You might also want to check out their reviews both on the moving company’s website, Google Reviews and on review sites like Yelp.
It’s pretty easy to suss out which companies are trustworthy. A good moving company will have good customer reviews, have customer service representatives available to answer your questions by phone or email, have easy to understand quotes, and be committed to finding a moving solution to fit your needs.
Full Service Moving Companies
If you’re hiring a full-service moving company, make sure they’re able to come in for an in-house inspection before they offer you a quote, rather than just an estimate based on your description of the items you need to move. This is especially important if you’re moving long distance. Most long distance moving companies charge by the weight of the contents. Once the truck is loaded, it will be weighed at a scale and the final cost will be based on the weight reported at the scale. So, if the estimate is below the actual weight, your cost could be significantly higher than expected.
Understanding how the moving companies are estimating can save you the surprise of unexpected charges down the road. Make sure you compare the cost per pound and not just the bottom line. It’s also a good idea to create a few scenarios for what your cost will be be at higher weights.
What Will the Contents of a 3-4 Bedroom Home Weigh?
In our experience, the average contents weight of a full 20’ BigSteelBox used for a residential move is about 7,000 pounds. If you have a 3 to 4-bedroom home, and the company is estimating it will weigh 4,000 pounds or less, you should be aware that the actual cost could be much higher. If you’re comparing quotes from different companies pay close attention to the cost per pound, or have them both do an estimate based on 7,000 pounds. That will help you compare apples to apples.
Also ask what is included in your moving contract? Are there seasonal rates or mileage fees? Make sure you know exactly what you will be paying for before you sign on so you aren’t surprised with additional costs after the move is done.
If you choose to move with using a 20’ BigSteelBox, you can move up to 10,000 pounds of belongings all at the same price. Our prices are based on the distance of the move and the size of the Box, so you won’t pay any more unless you need an extra box, or extra months of storage.
Moving With BigSteelBox
If you want more control over the moving process, you’re able to pack your things on your own, and you want the comfort of knowing your possessions will be loaded and transported safely to your new home, you might not need a full-service moving company.
Moving to a new city? With BigSteelBox you pack your own container and we’ll arrange to have it transported to your new city. We calculate deliveries, pickups, rent and transportation costs in advance so we can charge a flat fee with no hidden charges – so the price we quote you is the price you’ll pay.
BigSteelBox offers local and long distance moving solutions that are catered to your timeline and needs. Learn more about our moving services.
Before You Start Collecting Moving Company Quotes
Get quotes from several moving companies before you make a decision. It’s always best to have as much information as possible so you can fully compare services and prices. You might not know you need a certain service, such as flexibility with the time it takes to move, but seeing different moving companies’ contracts and offers will allow you to easily see the different options that are available.
If you aren't sure what type of service you will need, get quotes from both traditional and non-traditional moving companies to see what they have to offer. Consider the type of move you're planning (local or long distance), the amount of stuff you need to move, and your time frame for your move.
Things to Watch For After You Have Moving Company Quotes
Once you get the quotes, you have to know what to look for. Don’t immediately go with the moving company quote that has the lowest bottom line. A good moving company doesn’t hide any fees and is upfront about the cost of their services.
Here are the top three things to watch for with moving company quotes:
1. Your moving quote should always be in writing. If someone inspects your home and then gives you a verbal quote, ask them to follow it up on paper or by email. The moving company should detail every charge and provide a list of what is included in your contract.
2. Prices often increase with a long-distance move. As mentioned above, traditional moving companies often charge based on the weight of your possessions. Quotes can be lowballed based on an unrealistic weight, so keep an eye out for that.
3. For local moves, companies that provide movers and a moving truck typically charge an hourly rate based on the size of the truck and the number of people on the crew. Make sure the following is present in your quotes for a local move:
An estimated number of hours required for the move
The hourly rate for both the vehicle and the workers
A clear understanding of whether or not you are responsible for paying for the crew's coffee and lunch breaks
Cost for the travel time (to and from the company’s yard)
A list of the items you will be shipping
Any additional services or accessories charges (tape, mattress bags, runners, etc.)
Is BigSteelBox a Good Option for You?
BigSteelBox not only offers competitive prices for both local and long distance moves, but also the flexibility and extra time most customers need. With a traditional moving company, your entire move happens in one day. That’s all the loading, the transport, and the unloading of your possessions.
With BigSteelBox, you can have your moving container at your home as far in advance of your move as you'd like, so you can take your time packing it. There’s no need to live with cardboard boxes for the weeks leading up to your move. As soon as a you have a box packed, you can load it into your BigSteelBox, so your living space or garage doesn’t become a maze of boxes.
Same goes for unpacking. We’ll move your loaded BigSteelBox when you’re ready, and you can keep it at your new home for as long as you need it. It’s much easier to unpack a little at a time, rather than having to move everything in at once and piling it all into one room or the garage – less clutter means less stress!
Since our fees are not based on weight, the price we quote you from the start is what you will end up paying. While renting a moving truck and cramming all of the stress of moving into one day may save you a few dollars, BigSteelBox gives you more time and lowers your stress. Our moving containers are ISO certified, so they’re durable and secure so you can be confident your belongings will be safe and dry throughout your packing and moving experience.
If that sounds good to you, get a quote from us today! Call 1-800-373-1187 or request a free quote online now.