How to get an accurate moving estimate

Getting a moving estimate is the best way to figure out just how much your move is going to cost. This estimate will help you create a moving budget. And sometimes getting an estimate means figuring out whether the moving company is reliable or not. As there are plenty of moving companies to choose from, you can’t just stick to getting an online estimate from one. And this is one of the ways to get an accurate moving estimate. If you want to find out more, keep on reading this article.

Get estimates from a few different companies

As mentioned already, there are plenty of moving companies to choose from. They will all offer a different price for their services. This is why getting an estimate from a couple of different moving companies is a good idea. The best way to know approximately how much your move will cost without still deciding on which company you are going to hire is to get an estimate from every company you are thinking about hiring. As mentioned, this might help you find good movers near you that are reliable.

A woman using a laptop and a calculator to try to get an accurate moving estimate.
Get a couple of estimates.

Get all estimates the same day

You won’t get an estimate right away, someone has to review the information you put in. You will receive an estimate the same day in your email. Some companies might even contact you by calling you. Have a notebook and a pen by your side while talking to people from the company. They will tell you some information for sure and you should have where to write it down. The “I will remember it” way rarely works.

Get an in-person estimate

Getting online estimates is easy and everyone can do it. But online estimates aren’t very precise all the time. That is why you always have to be ready to pay more than the estimate is. But if you want to know exactly how much your move is going to cost, you could ask for an in-person estimate. An estimator will visit your home and he will tell you everything you want to know about the moving process. He will take notes and create a more accurate moving estimate. So, if you really want to make sure that you know how much money you will spend on your move, make sure you get an in-person estimate. This is suggested for those of you who are organizing your first move ever.

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In-person estimates are more accurate.

Ask for packing and unpacking estimate

Whether you are really thinking about hiring packers or not, you should ask for this estimate too. Why? Well, when getting a packing estimate, you get a list of how much packing supplies they will use. This is going to make it so much easier for you to actually calculate your moving budget and figure out how many boxes you really need. Have in mind that moving estimates and moving quotes aren’t the same thing.

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