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How to Compare Moving Quotes

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There are several points of comparison made by prospective clients when choosing which moving company to hire for their moving needs. Many rely heavily on word of mouth or customer feedback; others would bank solely on how long a certain moving company has been in operation. There are those, however, who look at the rates of these moving companies. It is when they compare moving quotes that they are able to make that final decision.

When comparing moving quotes of several moving companies, there are a few things that must be considered.

• Distance involved.

Moving companies have different rates depending on the distance that will be travelled while transporting your belongings. Is it within the same state, or will it entail having to cross more than a few state lines?

• Duration of travel.

The length of time it will take to transport your household belongings or business facilities will also affect the moving quotes.

• Type of moving equipment or facilities used.

This pertains to the tools that will be used by the moving company to make the move. If you have relatively large items that must be moved, it is more than likely that you will need bigger trucks. Of course, this would also affect the cost of moving.

• Nature of items to be moved.

Are they fragile items? Do they need special care or are there special instructions that the movers should adhere to throughout the move? Examples include transporting antiques and art pieces. In these instances, it is probable that moving quotes would be higher.

• Special circumstances.

The quotes of moving companies will also be influenced by certain circumstances or conditions. Are you in a hurry to move? Are you on a tight deadline and must be at your new place at a specified date and time? Do you also require storage services since your new place would not have enough space for everything? These will also be taken into account when calculating the estimated moving costs you will have to pay for.
Many moving companies now simplify the process of comparison by having utilities or tools on their respective websites where you can simply input several pieces of information and they will automatically calculate for you. You can make use of these tools to simplify the process further and cut down on the time it usually takes to make the comparison.


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