Dec 3, 2021 by Wendy Hoke

Getting an In-Home Estimate

Moving your household is a complex process that can be more manageable when you invest a little time in examining the options and details. Working with professional packers and movers is the easiest way to minimize your workload and streamline the process. But you have other ways available to manage the move easily. 

To get a better understanding of the financial obligation to move from your old home to a new one, get an estimate from several professional moving companies. Let’s review the estimate process and delve into the details of various options for getting a cost estimate in preparation for your move. 

Estimates and quotes help you understand the cost of moving your home ahead of time. 

Getting a Quote 

A quote is a good way to understand your moving costs. It allows you to gather initial information from a number of potential moving companies quickly and efficiently. By sharing basic details about your home and your household goods, you can make a more confident and informed decision. 

When you call a company for a quote, whether over the phone or online, you need some basic information about your home and your move on hand. The number of bedrooms and the number of people who live there are key information for moving companies to make standard, initial determinations about moving costs. They’ll also ask where you’re currently located and where your new home is, which is one of the more expensive elements when it comes to the cost of the move. In addition, the timing of your move can have an impact on costs and should be among the first questions answered. 

A reliable moving company will also ask other questions to gain an understanding of the size of the move. They should ask about the presence or absence of spaces like attics, basements, garages, sheds, and even if you have a storage unit nearby.  

Why You Should Get an In-Home Estimate 

In-home estimates follow the same guidelines as a quote requested over the phone or online but take a much more detailed approach that provides a higher level of confidence and a more detailed estimate. A professional moving company will walk through your home, take note of the number of items that need to be moved and ask more specific questions that allow for an effective and efficient move. 

An in-home estimate may not always be the best choice for your circumstances, however. If you don’t currently live in the home that you want to move from – perhaps you already live in temporary accommodations in your new city due to work responsibilities – or simply can’t fit an estimate into your schedule, it can seem difficult to complete this process. You can ask the movers about taking a video of your current home for an estimate. 

By obtaining an in-home estimate, you will be able to include everything in your home, account for issues such as stairs or a long trip to the truck. It gives you the ability to read the fine print on the contract, which is always a good practice before signing on the bottom line.

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