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How Many Moving Company Quotes Should I Get?

We all know there are a lot of things that need to be done when you’re getting ready to move.  But don’t be tempted to cut corners by just scheduling the first moving company you find.  Remember you are trusting this company with your personal belongings so you’ll want to make sure they are up to the job.  One thing that will help you find a reputable mover is to get multiple moving company quotes.

Why do you need multiple moving company quotes?

There are a lot of details required to get an accurate moving quote.  It is probably obvious that potential movers will need to know where you are moving to and from and how much stuff you have.  But there are other factors that can affect the price.   Moving extra heavy items like hot tubs or pianos, fragile items, expedited service, hoisting, an excessive number of stairs, or disassembling furniture are just a few examples of things that a moving company might charge extra for.  If you haven’t hired movers before and don’t know what questions to ask, the cheapest option may very well mean you end up with lots of additional charges you didn’t plan for or not getting the right kind of service for your move.

Another reason you want to get multiple moving company quotes is that different companies will offer different services.  Not all companies handle long distance moves, some specialize in commercial moves, and some offer packing services and boxes for an additional cost.  If you simply go with the first company you find you might not get what you really need.

How many quotes do you really need?

General advice is to get at least three.  That should give you a good idea of what price range to expect and what kinds of services are available for your budget.  An unusually low quote may mean you aren’t getting everything you need.  You may want to get an additional quote if one seems particularly high or low or if you find you require additional services.

Other questions to ask

Since you are getting multiple moving company quotes, it will be helpful to make sure you’re comparing the same thing.  Some companies charge a flat rate, others charge hourly.  Verify exactly what is included and what is extra.  Ask if they are running any specials and if you are flexible with dates and times, you might want to ask if there is special pricing for scheduling during off-peak times.

The best reason to get several moving company quotes

Just like any other business, unfortunately there are a few less than reputable moving companies out there. Getting multiple quotes in advance will help you get rid of them before they have a chance to ruin your move and possibly all your stuff.

Make sure the mover you choose is licensed and insured.  They should be willing to commit to their pricing in writing, provide specific information about their services and should be willing to answer your questions.  If you have something that requires special handling, it might be worth asking whether the company has specific experience with it, especially if you will be using their packing services.

There are a few extra things you can look for to make sure you’re choosing an excellent mover.  Certification from the Canadian Association of Movers along with an “A” rating from the Better Business Bureau, are two good indicators of a mover’s reputation.  Tender Touch Moving has both, along with many excellent customer ratings and reviews.  Contact us today and get a quote for your next move.