Getting Ready to Move? Here's How to Get an Accurate Quote

Getting a moving quote has never been easier due to several factors. For one, technology now allows you to research potential moving companies online, and start the quoting process right from your smartphone or tablet. Second, you can turn to Google, Yelp,, social media and sometimes the moving companies’ own site for reviews and recommendations, something that’s always helpful when you’re gathering information for your moving quote.

After you’ve done your research and sought out opinions from friends and family, you’ll want to make sure you’re getting the most accurate quote.

Keys to getting an accurate moving estimate

Start early

Start your search early; ideally eight weeks before your moving date.

Be flexible

If you’re able to be flexible and move during off-peak season (April through October), you can take advantage of lower rates. Aim for the second or third week of the month to get even more savings. Another tip is to look for movers that offer flexible storage options, which can come in handy if you’re unable to move in or out of your home immediately.

Go big

Moving companies affiliated with a van line, such as Mayflower or United, typically have more resources and technology, Also, many national moving companies have strict classroom and field training requirements that smaller moving companies may not offer, as well as industry certifications.

Shop around

Getting multiple moving quotes is a great way to make sure you’re getting the best price for the services that best fit your needs and budget. Make sure to ask your move to itemize all expenses so you can compare “apples to apples” on all quotes you receive.

Ask questions

This is the best way to eliminate any surprises come payment time. Here’s a list of questions that are always helpful to ask:

  • Will any extra fees be added? Examples include extra costs for stairs or shuttling items.
  • ​Are there any items that the movers won’t handle?
  • How long will the move take?

You should also ask about licensing and certifications, whether pricing is binding or non-binding and what  type of valuation or insurance is provided provided for your belongings. Remember, the best quote is the one that fits your specific needs, and that may not always be the cheapest when you’re comparing.

Moving is a big undertaking no matter how well prepared you are. However, the more you know about the process, the smoother it will be and the more money you’ll save when it’s all said and done.