Moving? Take your time and Make the Right Choice
NC movers made up 54% of the state’s population back in 2000 during the US Census and this percentage is fairly consistent according to the 40 year study the US Census conducted called “Recent Moves”. As the population grows in North Carolina and other states, the moving industry has grown to meet these increasing needs. The resulting multitude of moving companies and options might appear overwhelming, but it also creates an environment of choice which can definitely work to your benefit. This is a good reason to be informed about the best way to solicit estimates that will really meet your needs.
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Here are some tips to keep in mind as you seek estimates.
- You need to get at least two comparable estimates or more to make a good decision. This process takes time and, while getting an estimate over the phone or using an internet calculator can be helpful, it should not substitute for a home visit estimate.
Phone estimates may not be offered by some companies just because they have enough experience to know that often people forget too many items and under or overestimate their needs.
Don’t leave anything out. Make a list to avoid mistakes and while you make it, go through the entire house. Inventorying your items may take a day or a week, but whatever time it takes will be worth it because of all the grief you may be saved in the long run by having an accurate inventory.
Choose a relationship-focused moving company. A company should commit to the ‘under promise and over deliver’ philosophy. A smart moving company understands that the average person moves nearly 12 times in their lifetime. If a customer is happy with the company’s estimate and service, then chances are they’ll be a repeat customer in the future. This principle is particularly helpful when it comes down to a couple of competitors with similar estimates that you need to choose between.
Ask, “What kinds of Valuation Options do you have?” to any mover that visits your home. Generally there are multiple levels of protection. Valuation Options are not insurance, but the more you have, the less liability you have over any possible damage to your possessions.
If one single estimate seems unusually low, be sure to check it out. Often new companies can enter the industry with great intentions and little experience. The cost to you may end up being more because of a poor estimate. Be sure to check every estimate to make sure there are no left out items. An extremely low price may be an indication of a mistake.
NC movers should receive a pamphlet from their estimator titled “Your Rights and Responsibilities”. This pamphlet explains how the “110% Rule” protects the moving companies and you from inaccurate estimates. For example, if the estimate is under bid by the company and the result is a cost that exceeds 110% of the original bid, then you, the customer, will still have to pay for the over bid, but the company cannot charge you more that 110% of the bid on the actual day of the move. Legally, they give you 30 days to pay the difference exceeding 110% of the original estimate.
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