Many times moving companies charge additional and hidden costs. Be sure to find out this up front. A & R Moving does not have any additional or hidden charges like bellow. You should ask a few of the following questions:
• Do they charge overtime? How much?
• Is there tax ?
• How about Stairs?
• Am I being charged for long walks?
• Do I pay extra to move utilities?
• Will there be Mileage charge?
• Is there 3% fuel charge?
Non-Binding moving estimates are composed of the information you give the movers. These estimates are based upon the mover's previous experience of jobs similar to yours. As the name suggests, these estimates are subject to change. That is why it is very important to give detailed information to the moving companies on exact amount of objects and services you may require for your move. Movers are not held to non-binding estimates and the final charges can be higher or lower than the estimated amount. The actual cost of the move will be in accordance with the mover's published tariffs and the mover is legally obligated to collect this amount. The customer is legally responsible to pay for the move, even when it takes longer then estimate.
Binding: The mover quotes a flat price based upon a given inventory. No matter how long the job takes, the flat price is always paid. It is given only when an onsite estimate is performed. If you have more items then what was written up on the contract or need extra services, the moving companies may rewrite the contract before they begin to move your stuff or bill you for the added items and services after the move.
One thing to look out for when dealing with a Binding estimate is if the movers see that the job will cost more than they anticipated, they may cut corners on the packing of your items. Despite the fact that you have provided all necessary and truthful information about your items, they may have misjudged the estimate; after all they are human. They might provide your furniture, etc. with minimal wrapping and hope for the best.
Local Move is a move that takes place within a 100-mile radius and stays within the state of origin.
Long Distance Move is a move that is greater than 100-miles from the origin and/or the move crosses a state line.
The purpose of the estimate is to furnish you with an approximate cost of your move. It is done using following form:
(Number of movers + truck) x number of hours = final price
Estimating moves is an inexact science. Many variables factor into how long a move will take:
• Whether your precious belongings have been packed in boxes.
• How close the truck can park at your pick-up and delivery locations
• The number of difficult to move items you wish to move.
• More items to be moved not originally accounted for in the bid.
• Is the elevator reserved for your move at your new and old address.
• How many stairs in your old and new address.
The key to an efficient move is proper planning, preparation and a good measure of common sense. Inform us what you need to be moved, and where you're moving too. These are all big factors in determining a cost. For instance, if we only moving your large items, the cost, as you know, won't be the same as moving everything. Also we need to know how far you are moving. If your new home is over a hundred miles away, we may need to deliver your items the next day. Our estimator uses his experience from doing similar moves in order to figure out how many hours the move will require. His estimate includes the amount of time that will pass from the moment the truck first leaves the office until it returns after the job is finished. He will then add in the cost of boxes, tape and other packing materials (if those services are requested). The estimate is based on the information you provided and our experience and expertise. The actual time can vary due to lack of preparation i.e. not having everything boxed up, poor access at job site, or additional items to be moved not originally accounted for in the bid. So please be prepared and inform us on any changes.