An in-home moving estimate is our most accurate indicator of what you can expect to spend on your move. We’ll send one of our expert agents to complete an evaluation of all of your items, and they’ll also be able to determine whether you can benefit from additional moving services, like packing, help with specialized items, and storage.
Your interstate estimate is based on a wide variety of factors, the two main ones being shipment weight and distance to destination. In addition, they will evaluate the need for professional services, such as packing and unpacking, appliance preparation, custom crating, and storage.
The agent will need to look in cabinets, closets, under beds, and any other area where the items to be moved are not visible. In order to get an accurate estimate, all items that are going to be moved need to be taken into account. If you know that items you plan to move are out of view, be sure to point them out. In addition, if you have items you do not plan to move, point them out too.
Types of Estimates
There are a few estimate types that agents make available to customers, but not all estimate types may be available for every move:
Non-binding estimates – A non-binding estimate is the agent’s approximation of the cost, based on the estimated weight of the shipment and the accessorial services requested. The final cost will be based upon the actual weight of your shipment, the services provided, and the tariff provisions in effect. To verify the weight of your shipment, the driver will weigh his trailer prior to loading your shipment and then reweigh his trailer once your shipment has been loaded.
Firm-binding estimates – Firm binding estimates are an agreement between the agent and the customer that the cost of the move will be a specific dollar amount based on the estimated weight of the shipment and the services requested. If the actual weight of the shipment is different than the agent anticipated, the price of the move doesn’t change. However, adding items not surveyed by the agent at the time of the estimate or adding services not discussed at the time of the estimate could raise overall cost.
Option-binding estimates – An Option Binding estimate (also known as a not-to-exceed estimate) is an agreement between the agent and the customer that the cost of the move will be no more than a specific dollar amount based on the estimated weight of the shipment and the services requested. If the anticipated weight of the shipment is lower than estimated, the cost of the move is reduced by the dollar amount associated with the weight difference between the estimated and actual weight. The customer won’t pay more than the cost associated with the estimated weight, even if the actual weight exceeds the estimate. However, adding items not surveyed by the agent at the time of the estimate or adding services not discussed at the time of the estimate could increase overall cost.
To request a free in-home moving estimate, complete the form below, and one of our representatives will get back with you promptly.