Maryland Moving Costs and Estimates

When moving, getting the most accurate estimate from a mover depends upon him or her having the most accurate information possible. Most movers will be glad to visit a site to give a walk-through estimate. Be sure to show the mover every single thing that is to be moved, including items stored in attics, basements, and closets or under beds. If a storage unit will also need to be emptied, provide the dimensions and an inventory of the space during your estimate. Also, fully outline the amount of packing services your move will require.

There are a few different types of estimates available from moving companies. A binding estimate offers a set price covering only the goods and services listed on the estimate. The homeowner is bound to pay the set price even if the weight of the shipment is more or less than the estimated amount. If additional services are requested, the moving agency may revise the original estimate to include them. Non-binding estimates are approximate; the final costs are determined after the shipment is weighed. The initial price will usually be lower than a binding estimate, but with a non-binding estimate, it’s possible that the final cost will be more than you were quoted.

In order to compare service and price, it is recommended to get written estimates from at least two different companies. Also, it is best to discuss payment arrangements with the moving company well in advance. Most movers do not accept personal checks, and though many now accept credit cards, you should not assume that they accept all major cards.