A professional estimate is the best way to find out … but where do those prices come from? Make sure you do your research!
Estimating the cost of a professional move is a service moving companies provide at no cost to you and with no obligation to purchase their services. Shop around and get as many estimates as you feel you need to make a wise purchasing decision. Three estimates are recommended. Once you decide, you want to feel comfortable with your choice.
Compare costs, services and reputations of the companies. If one estimate sounds too good to be true, it probably is. Some salespeople try to entice you with a “low ball” estimate. Remember- what you will pay is the actual cost of the move, not the estimated cost. The actual cost of your move may be substantially higher than the estimate if you decide by price alone and do not consider the service and reputation of the company. You should gather all the facts you can, and shop carefully. When you receive a “low ball” price, ask for that price to be guaranteed in writing, It’s very unlikely that you’ll get it.
If you plan to use a professional mover, check the business out with the Better Business Bureau, the Canadian Association of Movers, local Chambers of Commerce, and with recent customers. Ask the mover for references. Talk to your friends and neighbours. Find out how long the company has been in business and how quickly they settle claims. Ask for a promised pick-up time, and find out whether the company has back up trucks available in case yours breaks down.
Be a careful shopper, do your homework, and plan for contingencies. Whenever a salesperson offers a guarantee (in terms of price, service, delivery schedule, etc.) ask for the guarantee in writing. If you cannot get in on paper, the guarantee is unreliable.