Ayla Urwin-Toll P.R. Representative with Moving Made Smooth, Inc.
Everyone wants to stay within budget when moving. This often involves getting multiple quotes for the service and choosing a company that is within your budget, but isn’t so low of a price that you question their quality. And, if it wasn’t obvious, a quote is only as good as the information it is based on. This means that to receive an accurate quote, you must give accurate and complete information to the person generating that quote. Below are some tips on how to be prepared and get that accurate quote.
1. Be forthcoming with any information regarding your move.
Yes, you want to save as much money as you can during the moving process, but you are better off being honest about what you have and anything that may increase the time it takes to perform your move. We do not charge extra for moving items up stairs or if we have a long walk from the truck to your new home, but we can give a more accurate quote for how many hours the move will take if we know such information. It can also take more time if you have numerous large, heavy pieces of furniture. If you give accurate information upon scheduling your move, your estimate is more likely to be the amount you actually pay.
2. Ask questions! We are here to help you.
If you aren’t sure how a particular policy of ours works, then ask questions. It is much easier for us to explain any company policies or procedures prior to a move than the day of. For instance, when a customer books a crew for four hours and the men finish the job in three, then we will not charge you for the fourth hour. Or perhaps you are moving out-of-state and only need Moving Made Smooth to load your rental truck. We would ask you to provide your own moving blankets by purchasing them from a company like Northern Tool or by renting some along with your truck (it is pretty easy to rent some along with a U-Haul, for instance). If we are performing both the load and unload, then they would be provided for you.For any move we provide any dollies, furniture moving straps, and floor & door protection.
3. Make a list of things a moving company is likely to ask if you’re planning on getting multiple quotes.
Some examples of what you should have on your list is date of move, any preferred times, load address, unload address, the size of your truck or desired size, flights of stairs in your dwelling or in the apartment complex, list of large, unusual, or heavy furniture, and include any special needs you may have. This allows you to be prepared for most of the questions a mover will ask when giving a quote or booking your move.
Thank you for reading our latest blog and, as always, have a great move!