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Estimating the Cost of Your Move

October 25, 2011 | Moving Guides & Tips

When should I begin to contact companies about estimates for my upcoming move?

It is a good idea to contact the moving companies you are considering for your move with as much notice as possible. It is ideal to have companies provide an estimate five-to-six weeks prior to your desired move date. Try to select the moving company four weeks before your moving date. Be sure to sign the Estimate/Order for Service and confirm your packing, pick-up and delivery dates.

What is an in-home estimate?
There are moving quotes, and then there are moving quotes. With our in-home estimate, your local Wheaton agent will come to your home to complete a visual survey of the belongings you plan to move. Your local Wheaton agent has passed Wheaton’s rigorous training and certification program and will be able to provide you with an accurate estimate of your belongings. Your 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.

Your Wheaton Agent will be able to pinpoint all of the potential costs and service requirements of your relocation. Removing guesswork from the equation gives you a reasonable, highly accurate estimate and gives Wheaton an educated, highly-satisfied customer.

What is a non-binding estimate?
A non-binding estimate is the carrier’s approximation of the cost, based on the estimated weight of the shipment and the accessorial services requested. A non-binding estimate is not binding on the mover. 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.

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