A professional mover will thoroughly review what is to be moved so they can give you an accurate moving estimate. The moving quote should clearly outline what services the mover will perform, the specific costs for each service, and the pickup and delivery dates. Here is information on how to understand a moving estimate:

Local Move

It is considered a local move if the distance from your current home to your new home is under 244 km (150 miles). The cost for this type of move is typically charged by the hour or when it is more economical for the customer, by weight and distance.

The number of men and the size of the truck depends on the size of your home and if you’re moving to or from an apartment or condo. The hourly rate starts when the crew leaves the mover’s yard and returns after the move.

The more prepared you are for a local move, the less time it will take. Firstly, have all the beds disassembled and ensure everything is packed in cartons or totes, including small lamps and lampshades. Secondly, make sure the cartons and totes are taped closed. Lastly, book the elevator far in advance if you live in a condo or apartment.

Full Replacement Value protection is available for your move. This is an extra cost, but it is well worth it. Check with your home insurer first to see if you are covered for a move under your home policy. If not, ask the mover to include a Full Value Protection transit coverage quote.

Long Distance Move

It is considered a long-distance move if your move is over 244 km (150 miles). The price is determined by the weight of your shipment and the distance to your new residence.

A credible moving company will send a moving consultant to your home. The consultant will look at the items being moved to determine an estimated weight. Once they have the estimated weight, they will provide you with a written quote.

Moving Quote

The moving quote should include:

  • Estimated weight
  • Mileage/Distance
  • Full Value Transit protection cost
  • Fuel surcharge – this amount varies weekly based on the cost of diesel fuel prices
  • Extra services such as packing cartons, crating high-value items, shipping a vehicle, storage costs (if this is required), elevator or long carry charges if applicable, and shuttle service if the big truck will not be able to pull up to your home due to difficult access (for instance, sharp or winding streets/overhanging trees/no parking allowed).

Before the truck arrives at your home to load, they will get an empty weight at a government-approved weigh scale. Once your shipment is loaded, it will be weighed again at a government-approved weigh scale. The difference between the two is your shipment’s actual weight, which will be used to determine the final charges. Be sure to request a copy of the scale tickets for your records.

If you would like more information on how to understand a moving estimate or request a move quote, you can contact Premiere Van Lines toll-free at 1-877-671-6683.