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January 30, 2023

What should a moving estimate include?

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Moving can be stressful, especially if you're not sure what to expect. That's why it's important to get an accurate moving estimate before you sign on with a moving company. A good estimate will give you information about your move and help you budget for expenses like packing materials and transportation costs. But what exactly should an effective estimate include? Here are the details:

A moving estimate should include the following information:

  1. The total number of boxes you have, including boxes that are yet to be packed. If you're unsure about how many boxes you have or if any of them are too large for a standard truck, give the mover a call and ask for advice on what to do with them.
  2. An estimate of your furniture and boxes' dimensions (length x width x height). This is important so that they know how much space is needed for each piece of furniture during transport. It also helps them determine which trucks will best fit your belongings as well as how much weight they can safely carry.
  3. The total amount of miles you are moving and estimated fuel costs per mile based on distance traveled by vehicle type (e.g., truck vs van). This helps avoid surprises at the checkout when it comes time to pay.

Look through your estimate to make sure it includes all details

The total number of boxes you have, including boxes that are not packed yet.

You should also include a list of your items and how many of them are packed into each box. This will help the moving company estimate how many workers they'll need to move your stuff.

An estimate of your furniture and boxes' dimensions.

To ensure your moving company provides you with an accurate estimate, it's important to provide them with the dimensions of your furniture and boxes. The easiest way to do this is by using a tape measure or yardstick.

To measure a couch or other piece of furniture:

Measure from one side at the bottom corner of the couch (or wherever you want) to another side at its bottom corner.

Repeat for all four corners, then add up all four numbers together—this is how long your couch is. Remember that if there are any cushions on top of your couch, they will add extra inches in height as well as width; make sure you account for this when measuring where they sit on top of all surfaces being moved by taking off any cushions before measuring them separately too. If possible, try placing something flat underneath so there isn't any gap between cushions when measuring length instead just measure against the bare wood frame itself without anything else present inside those measurements since they'll need accurate measurements taken off actual structure rather than including extras like padding thicknesses within those metrics.”

The total amount of number you are moving and the estimated fuel costs.

You should also be sure to look for the total number of miles you are moving and the estimated fuel costs. This is important because it's not just about how far you're going, but also how much gas it will take to get there.

The distance is the total number of miles you are moving, not just the distance from your old house to your new house. For example, if I have a 2-bedroom apartment in Brooklyn and want to move into an 8-bedroom mansion in Buffalo with my family and pets (and all our stuff), then my estimate should reflect that fact.

A moving company should give you an accurate estimate for your move.

Before you hire a mover, be sure to be specific about what you want to move and how much time they will need. If there are any unusual circumstances or special instructions, make sure to include them in the estimate request form. Also, make sure that the company has enough capacity on its trucks so they can accommodate all of your items in one trip—this will save money and time later on if there are multiple trips required.

Be specific about what the movers should move

Additionally, ask whether they offer written estimates at no cost (as opposed to verbal ones) so that there's no confusion down the road when it comes time for payment. You don't want any surprises after all this hard work.

Do you need to pay for your move upfront?

When you are moving, there are a lot of things to think about. Do you need to pay for your move upfront? If so, how much should be paid and when? This is an important thing to consider, as it can save you money in the end.

How can you get a free moving estimate?

To get a free moving estimate, you can contact a reputable moving company and ask for one. A reputable company will be happy to provide you with an estimate.

To find a reputable moving company, check reviews and ratings online. You can also visit their website and use the form on their site to request an estimate. This will ensure that your request goes directly to someone familiar with your situation and can give you accurate pricing information without having to talk over the phone or in person first.

Household goods inventory

Inventorying your belongings is an important step in preparing for a move. It helps you know what you have and what you need to move so that when the movers arrive, there are no surprises. You can make an inventory list using either pen and paper or an app on your phone (like Evernote).

Do you need storage during the move?

If you don't have the space to keep everything, storage is a good option. You can store your items in a self-storage facility or with a moving company.

If you're looking for ways to save money on your move, storing items before they are shipped can help reduce costs. It also gives you more time to find an apartment or home that will suitably accommodate all of them.

A good estimate will provide lots of information, so you know what to expect before and during your move.

You should be able to trust the moving company to provide an accurate estimate and not pad their prices with hidden fees or charges. The best way for them to do this is by providing you with an accurate estimate in writing before they begin packing up your belongings.

The moving company should include all costs associated with transporting items between locations, including any taxes or other fees that may apply in addition to labor costs (if applicable).


Moving can be a very stressful time, but it doesn't have to be. A good estimate will provide lots of information so you know what to expect before and during your move. If you're looking for a free estimate on your next move, give us a call today at (718) 619 4881 or visit our website for more information.


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