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November 4, 2022

How to choose the best moving quote

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You’re probably wondering if there’s such a thing as “the best moving quote.” Well, there is, and we’ll share tips on how to choose the best moving quote for you. Before we get into the tips, though, we need to understand what a moving quote is. Also known as an estimate, a quote is an important document that every person and moving company should have before the moving process begins.

Compare at least three quotes before making a decision

Whether moving a block away or across states, there are a few crucial things to consider before committing to a quote. It is a document between you and the moving company. Ensure you have a copy of every signed agreement or quote from the moving company for your security.

Now, with that said, let’s get into why we are here.

What is a moving quote?

It is an estimate of how much the company will charge you to move all your items to your new home or storage unit. The importance of a moving quote is extensive, as it can be a binding agreement between two parties. It also gives you an idea of how much it will cost to move your items. This will, in turn, help you plan your moving budget accordingly.

Tips for choosing the best moving quote are:

  • Research the company you’re considering.
  • Get estimates from at least three different companies.
  • Ensure you get an in-person survey.
  • Watch out for hidden fees.
  • Check that insurance is included. 

Research the company you're considering.

To make sure you have the best moving quote for your home. You’ll need to research the moving company of your choice. There are a few ways to do this; Google reviews, testimonials, better business bureaus, etc. Find out if the company has been in business and has experience with the type of move you're looking for. Ask family and friends who’ve worked with them for their opinion.

Google reviews also help you understand how their previous customers think. If you are still unsure about the company, check if they are licensed and registered to operate. Do this for all companies you’re considering. If they have a website, check it out and the read testimonials.

Get a quote from at least three different companies.

Getting a quote from multiple companies will give you more choices. This is not only to get the cheapest price, but to compare, and see the type of service the company offers for your move. Remember that sometimes cheap doesn’t mean bad, and expensive doesn't mean they are the best.

A moving quote from numerous companies will help you make a good decision. If the company doesn’t give you any quotes beforehand, DO NOT work with them, as they may scam you.

Ensure you get an in-person survey.

The best moving quote will include an in-person survey. The survey is a great way to meet and ask important questions that you may have regarding the move. Also, the survey will give the moving company a clear idea of the items that need moving and how to move them (this is especially important if you have a multi-floor home).

Have a surveyor come to your home before signing any documents

You should use the opportunity to show the surveyor everything that needs moving, including any outdoor furniture. If you need packing and unpacking services, they may offer that too; be sure to ask.

Watch out for hidden fees.

Hidden fees can break your moving budget and spoil the whole process for you. They could even ruin the relationship between a customer and the company. Hidden fees on a moving quote are quite common, believe it, or not. This is mostly done by unprofessional, cheap companies that tend to lure customers in with their cheap quotes, only to charge the cost after the move.

Watch out for companies that aren’t open about fees from the beginning. Of course, there may be small fees that the company charges after the move, but you should be informed about that. This is why it is important to know how to choose the best moving quote so you don't get scammed.

Check that insurance is included.

A great moving quote will include moving insurance. Moving insurance is there to protect and cover your items for any damage or theft. The insurance will reimburse any unfortunate incidents that may happen during the moving process.

A moving quote should include insurance. Most moving companies do offer it, especially if it's a long-distance move across state lines. Also, by law, they are required to offer at least two types of coverage.

In summary

Once you’ve established what makes a good moving quote, you can then start looking for a moving company that can fulfill all the requirements mentioned above. Ask your moving company of choice about what’s included in the move and have them come in to do a proper survey of your items.

Insurance is also a crucial part of moving, as anything can happen to your items while in transit. Make sure you know about any hidden costs and communicate any concerns you may have before making that final decision.

Ready to move?

Capital City Movers will ensure you have a seamless move. Contact us for a free moving quote at (718) 619-4881, and visit our website for more information on our services. You can trust us to be transparent about all costs. Communication is key to making our customers happy, so you can rest assured that we will take care of all your moving needs.


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