Moving can be stressful. Getting pricing can be overwhelming. Since all treasure coast movers are not created equal, it is important to figure out what the different terms mean. What is a bound moving price? Is non-bound pricing better for me? What are things to be look for in the moving estimate? Consequently, White Glove Moving and Storage has years of experience in the industry that can help.
Bound pricing: A bound moving price means whatever the price is listed to be; it is. The scope of the work is clearly spelled out and so long as the customer does not change what they need done, the price will remain the same. Not all moving companies feel comfortable in providing bound pricing. Mostly because there are a lot of variables that effect how long a move will take. Are there stairs or elevators? Will it rain? Will more packing be needed? What time of year are they moving? However, at White Glove Moving & Storage, we are very comfortable in providing bound pricing with our local moves because it provides a great sense of security to the customer. There are no surprises in the end and everyone can budget ahead of time whether it is financially or in regards to dedicating the right amount of labor and time.
Non-bound: This means that the estimate has been performed and has taken into account all the customer’s wants and needs. However, the pricing is essentially an educated guess. As a result, the cost of the move can fluctuate. It can go up or it can go down. When customers are still in the downsizing process, plan to have a large sale to sell off unwanted items or may wish to have some furniture go with the sale of the property; it makes sense to have a good idea of cost but not a bound number.
In the end, the price will take into account all travel, labor, materials and fuel. More times that not it is pretty close to the projected price yet instances arise that cause the number to change drastically. For example, as moving day approaches the customer can not find the time to pack as they had hoped. Now the professional moving company needs to perform a full pack, providing all labor and materials. The estimated price will be very different from the final number generated once all services are rendered.
When moving out of state this is a common way to provide pricing. Primarily because weight matters in long distance moves. Each pound will have a direct effect on the final cost, as will the time of year when the out of state move is being performed. For more information on how that works, check out Bekin’s Rights and Responsibilities.
By the hour: There are plenty of times when customers just need help with the heavy lifting. In that instance, a formal estimate is not needed as it is simply labor that is required. Or if the customer is not available to meet with an estimator, yet can explain or share pictures of the items; that is another great example of a by the hour price. By the hour is just the labor cost, per man per hour multiplied by the time the job takes and the fuel associated with it.
Most reputable moving companies will provide a formal, in-home estimate at no charge. This is a necessity when requesting a bound moving estimate. Additionally, no deposits are typically required when it comes to a move being performed by an ethical moving company locally. Nationwide moves differ a bit in regards to payment. Standard operating procedures are to collect payment prior to unloading the delivery at destination when moving out of state. Types of acceptable payment include: credit card, cashier check or money order. No personal checks or cash accepted in interstate moves.
For more information about how to understand your moving estimate or to schedule for a complimentary estimate, please call White Glove Moving & Storage at 772-778-4750 to speak with a relocation specialist.
Complimentary formal in-home survey. Best way to get an accurate bound moving price.