What Does an In Home Moving Estimate Involve?
It is no secret that people want information to be instantaneous, think about how annoyed you get when a website doesn’t open in less than 5 seconds. Online shopping has become the norm for a lot of consumers and though this approach works fairly well for products, when it comes to buying certain services it should be only one part of the process. Moving is one such service that requires going beyond just clicking your mouse and getting a price online.
Three Important Steps
It makes sense to go to movers’ websites for informational purposes and maybe even get an estimated price for your move. Since a general Google search for movers will likely bring up hundreds of choices, you should consider going to the Canadian Association of Movers (CAM) website and use their “find a reputable mover” tool. This way you will be eliminating scam artists posing as movers.
Choose up to three moving companies in your area who are members of CAM, since they are required to uphold industry standards. View their websites, and if you want an estimated price, use the tool provided. However it is imperative to remember that an online price should be the starting point as they are never guaranteed. These online pricing tools are based on broad industry averages for various sizes of homes, but do not take into account all of the variables involved that makes your move unique.
The next step should be to request a free, no obligation in home estimate from the moving companies that you have viewed online. This is the only way to get an accurate price. If a company refuses to send a moving representative to your home, this should be a big red flag that tells you they are likely not the kind of company you want to entrust with your belongings.
Premiere Van Line’s Difference
Companies like Premiere Van Lines have highly trained, experienced moving consultants, who will take the time to do a comprehensive in home estimate by detailing what items are to be moved, and what additional services you may require. The representative will provide you with practical advice and options that meet both your needs and your budget.
With Premiere, an in home estimate usually takes an hour and is a systematic process. Our representatives use the latest in moving industry software on their iPad or iPhone to record each and every item that is to be moved. This software is programmed with the average weight of thousands of household items. It also allows the experienced consultant to override averages should they feel specific items are heavier or lighter than proven averages. Details of any items not being moved will also be recorded into the software.
This system allows our consultant to take photos of items of exceptional value or that may require special handling. If your residence has a difficult entrance for a tractor-trailer moving van, then they will take a photo of these items as well. All of these steps help to prepare for a smooth, trouble free move. The more information that is provided to the van operator, the less chance there is of unexpected problems arising during the move; they will come fully prepared to deal with these kinds of challenges.
As part of the consultation process, our representative will discuss additional services with you, including whether you will be doing your own packing or if you will require a professional packing service. If you elect to perform to some or all of the packing on your own, they will provide you with tips on how to complete this task in a professional manner.
Your Premiere representative will give you a copy of the item by item survey prepared by our software. The total weight of your shipment will be calculated on this form. Long distance moves are priced based on a combination of the weight of the shipment and the distance involved. All of this information will be used to provide you with a detailed cost estimate. Every service will be priced out separately, including taxes. You will know exactly how the price was determined at so there will be no unpleasant surprises at the time of delivery.
Important tip: When comparing in home estimates, each one should be as detailed as possible. The weight factor used for the price should be the same or very close. If one estimate has a significantly lower weight you should question the company how they arrived at that figure, since each company will have seen the same goods.
As you can see, getting an in home estimate is an absolutely critical step in order to have a stress free move. For more information or a free estimate, contact Premiere Van Lines at 1-877-671-6683, or find the Premiere Van Lines Branch closest to you.