On The Move


Moving companies base their charges for long-distance moves on the weight of the client’s possessions, the distance of the move, materials, and overtime labor. Interstate estimates come in three different forms: A “binding” estimate requires that the mover remain faithful to the original estimate regardless of the final weight. A “nonbinding” estimate is an approximation that may change in accordance with the resulting weight of the shipment. A “guaranteed-not-to-exceed” estimate requires that the client pay either the binding estimate or the actual weight of the shipment, whichever is lower, discounted by a percentage. This final option is often considered to be preferable. As for local movers, they are usually on an hourly rate. It pays to consider your options carefully.
HINT: Recommendations are very important when it comes to selecting a mover. A friend or family member’s experience can be very revealing.

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