When you have a move to Tampa coming up it’s a great idea to get a Tampa moving quote so that you know exactly what you are facing when it comes to your moving cost. Not all moving quotes are created equal, though, so today we want to touch on a few things that you should keep in mind to make sure that you get the most comprehensive quote possible.
Tampa Moving Quote: What to Know When Getting a Moving Quote
When it comes to getting your moving quote, keep these things in mind…
The Sooner The Better
The sooner you can get moving quotes, the better it is. If you know in March that you’re going to be moving in October, contact moving companies for quotes in March or April. Booking ahead of time doesn’t just make sure that movers are available for the dates you want, but it also gets you a more affordable moving quote. The closer you get to a last-minute quote, the more rushed preparations are and that means a higher moving cost.
Get Multiple Quotes
You may be thrilled with the first moving quote you receive, but it’s always a good idea to get multiple moving quotes so that you can compare exactly what different companies offer. We recommend getting at least three quotes and really looking at the details of each quote. What is included in each quote? Are all quotes binding? How many movers and how many hours are included in each quote? Sometimes what seems like the best quote upon first glance isn’t the best quote overall. For example, a quote may have the most affordable hourly rate, but if it’s going to take three times longer than another quote that is slightly more expensive, it makes sense that the more expensive hourly rate is the best choice.
Binding Vs. Non-Binding Quotes
Find out whether the quotes that you receive are binding or non-binding. A binding quote is one which will not increase or decrease, it is the guaranteed amount that you will pay your moving company upon completion of your move. Not all moving companies offer binding quotes, but they are preferable because they mean no surprises. It’s important to know that you may have to pay your moving company for a binding quote because it requires an in-depth, detailed summary of the charges involved with your move which takes considerably more time than a non-binding quote. Binding quotes are quotes where non-binding quotes are more like estimates. If you don’t mind paying for binding quotes, they are a better way to plan ahead particularly if you are planning early for your move. If you don’t mind a little give or take on your quote, though, a non-binding quote does not require you to pay to receive your quote.
Discounts, Coupons, and Sales
When approaching moving companies for moving quotes, always be sure to ask if they have any current discounts, coupons, or sales that you can take advantage of. These events can save you quite a bit of money on your move but they aren’t always advertised as boldly as they could be. To find out about these savings, don’t be afraid to ask the moving company directly and to ask if any of these savings are applicable to your move. Additionally, if you are flexible on your moving dates, you may be able to shift your move a week or two to take advantage of big savings.
In-Home Estimates Are a Better Choice
Many moving companies offer both in-home and over the phone moving quote estimates and both can serve your needs. Over the phone, quotes are helpful when you are a busy professional who just doesn’t have the time to arrange for an in-home quote. In-home quotes, however, are a better choice if you are looking for the most accurate quote estimate.
Think of it this way, saying that you have a three-bedroom house doesn’t give much information about what is in those three rooms. It may be that you have a basic furniture layout, but it may be that you have three rooms that are packed wall to wall with boxes of books. While both of these moves are three rooms, they require different levels of labor. So, a phone quote can give you a basic hourly rate, but that rate is not going to be catered to your needs and as a result, you may end up having to pay additional fees.
Licensing, Bonding, and Insurance
When looking for moving companies for quotes, always find out whether the company you are considering is licensed, bonded, and insured. All three of these are a MUST HAVE because they ensure that your property is protected during your move and should something happen to your property during the move, these things make sure that you are compensated for your loss, damage, or other issues that occur as a result of the moving company’s actions.
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