What are the different types of estimates you can get
from a mover?
Non-binding or hourly rate. This is not an estimate at all,
only a price list. These rates are based upon the movers'
previous experience of jobs similar to yours.
Not to exceed. This quote is binding only on the mover.
The final price for the move cannot exceed the estimate figure;
but if the move comes in under the estimated amount you pay
the lesser price.
The best estimate that you can get is the "not to exceed"
estimate. Like binding estimates, "not to exceed" estimates
are based upon an accurate and complete list of items that
you expect to have moved. However, the "not to exceed" estimate
gives you a little bit of leeway if you happen to decide on
bringing extra items with you on the day of the move. Keep
in mind that if the extra items exceed the "not to exceed"
estimate, you will be charged more. However, if the final
bill comes out to be lower than the estimate, you pay the
lower price and nothing more. Mover MAX strongly recommends
that you ask your mover to offer this one to you. Get your
moving estimate in writing.
One thing to look out for when dealing with a "not to exceed"
estimate is if the movers see that the job will cost more
than they anticipated, they may cut corners on the packing
of your items. Despite the fact that you have provided all
necessary and truthful information about your items, they
may have misjudged the estimate; after all they are human.
They might provide your furniture, etc. with minimal wrapping
and hope for the best.
Insurance for any type of move is essential. By law, the
movers must provide you with insurance. Get the best coverage
for your items, depending on what they may be. Movers will
provide you with minimal coverage. For example, for a broken
television that weighs 40lbs, at a rate of 60 cents per pound,
the most you will receive is $24. Only items with damage visible
to the naked eye will be insured. Internal problems with electronics
will not be recognized under the minimal coverage. See
the different types of insurance available.
"Not to exceed" estimates are very popular for long distance
moves, but not so for local moves. Long distance moves are
mainly based on weight and distance; time isn't as much of
an issue, whereas with local, time is everything. Typical
problems such as heavy traffic and bad weather prevent local
movers from offering you this type of estimate.
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