As in any state, moving companies in California require accurate and detailed information to be able to offer you a moving estimate. Moving quotes can be simple once you understand how pricing is determined. Show or tell your movers about every item that you expect to have moved, including items in a storage locker, the garage, basement, attic, and shed.
Long distance moving quotes are priced differently from local, as local moves are typically considered within 100 miles of transport, and are billed hourly. The number of men required and sometimes the number of trucks, especially if it is a larger home, can create additional variables in your quote. If there are multiple trucks or multiple trips, drive times are usually assigned to each one. A typical local moving estimate will include driving time to your home, packing and material costs, loading the truck, driving to the new home, unloading the truck, and any additional requested services. For example, a homeowner might request assistance in adjusting the furniture around while deciding which position in the room is best, creating additional billable time. Local moves are often non-binding estimates, and the final bill can vary above or below the estimate, according to the varied work. Packing, of course, takes a considerable amount of time, so if the movers must unexpectedly complete your unfinished packing, the amount of time estimated will be considerably different.
Long distance estimates from moving companies in California are typically binding estimates, holding the moving company to the price you are quoted. Your costs for long distance are determined largely by the quantity and weight of your possessions, along with the transport distance. Customarily, moving quotes of this nature are done in person, with an experienced estimator asking the right questions for accuracy.
Expect moving companies in California to offer options for damage protection. Having the movers pack will add additional costs to your estimate, but offers full protection for household goods. Another option is for the movers to pack only your most valuable items, so you will at least be insured for your most treasured pieces. Discuss this with your estimator in advance. If you pack your own goods, the movers are not held responsible for damaged items.
Accuracy in the moving quote is in the best interest for both you and your movers, so be sure to give the most exact and detailed information possible.