When getting moving quotes, how will I know if the prices
are going to be what they quoted after the move is
Reputation, experience, and integrity of the mover are
the best way to ensure a quoted price will be the final price.
When it comes to local moves, they are priced by the hour. When
a local mover comes to make an estimate, they make a precise
list of every item that is to be moved. If you specify items
that you will move yourself, they will be excluded from the
list. On moving day, the movers will only move the items on the
For any mover, the quote is only as good as their list of
items to be moved. It is important to be honest with the mover
and yourself in identifying what you want moved. This is the
first step in getting an accurate quote.
The second step is in avoiding the bait and switch moving
companies. These companies will quote prices that are literally
too good to be true. There is no way a company can move you for
less than the expenses they will incur in the move. These
companies offer great quotes, not great prices. Any reputable
mover must pay employee salaries, workman's compensation, and
payroll taxes on every job. If they are willing to cut corners
on these costs of doing business, they will also likely cut
corners on your move and put your belongings at risk.
Read the contract and the fine print with any mover you
choose. An example of a charge that could be in the fine print
of a bait and switch moving company is charging per shrink
wrapped item. Some companies will charge $35 per shrink wrapped
item and then proceed to shrink wrap practically all items in
the home, creating a final bill 4-6 times more than the
Some things to consider when getting a quote are the
variables that impact pricing greatly. For example, stairs.
When the job is quoted by the hour and stairs are involved, the
time for the move can increase by 30% or more. Always make
certain you identify any stairs involved in accessing either
location within the move. Along the same line as site access,
if a location is not accessible by the large moving truck and
requires a smaller truck to act as a shuttle to the home, then
that will have a large impact on overall price. A third
variable to watch for is the moving of small, difficult to pack
items. An example of this would be plants. A lot of plants can
add hours to a move and take up a lot of truck space because
plants are difficult to stack and pack.
Factors such as these need to be included in any quote and
you should always read the fine print of any contract to see
where you may encounter charges over and above your
expectations given your original quote.
In the end, your strongest protection against the dishonest
bait and switch mover is to choose Movers4Less. We have a
reputation to uphold, a strong better Business Bureau
reputation, and decades of experience and accountability to