The first thing to understand about moving company estimates is that they are not all the same. There is no one set estimation module used by all or even most mainstream moving companies.
The one thing that most people know and understand about how moving companies calculate moving costs is that they base the price off of the weight the movers use when packing the truck.
There are three basic methods of cost calculation, some of which may or may not suit some people.
The first method is the True Binding Not-to-Exceed estimate. With this method, the estimate always favors the consumer rather than the movers. All that is means is that if your actual moving weight exceeds the weight that was calculated by the movers you will only have to pay for the calculation. However, if your weight happens to be less than the calculated amount you will pay less than the calculated amount.
The second appropriation method is the slightly simplified Binding Estimate Method. Often referred to as a fixed price agreement. The difference between this method and the first true binding not-to-exceed estimate method is that you don’t have any chance to pay less. You agree to pay the movers the estimated amount and that is it, the price is, “Fixed,” if you will. The actual weight of your item load is completely irrelevant, only the initial weight that was calculated will matter in the end.
This estimation method is usually considered the fairest for all parties involved, that is if everyone on both sides is completely honest. Unfortunately, this isn’t always the case and that means there are certain risks that can present themselves to both the movers and the consumers.
The risks associated with the consumer are that the moving company estimator can, at any moment during the initial estimation, highball the amount of money and gouge the price box. This would allow them to take money for weight and items that don’t even exist and most people wouldn’t understand enough about the calculation method to raise a cry of defense.
After all the estimator of your moving company is supposed to be, in most circumstances, a seasoned professional, you do not usually expect a gift from a moving company. However, as previously stated, there is also a risk to the moving company itself, that is, the consumer can sneak a bunch of extra items on board and they will still only have to pay the agreed-upon price where if it had been weighted again might double it.
However, the risks are not equal to both parties and this method favors an unscrupulous moving company or estimator much more than it does an under-handed move. The reason for this inequality is that the mover is allowed to, “challenge,” the estimate, sometimes at any time others only on loading day, and really the only time he or she would be on moving day.
The last estimation method is the Non-Binding Estimate. Essentially, all this method is about is that you agree to pay actual, present weight that is based on a set price per pound. The final bill can be either higher or lower than the initial estimate, it is, in this instance, only a “pure estimate,” hence the non-binding in the method name.
And yet again this method favors the movers rather the person who is moving. The reason for this is that in addition to the money that the mover is able to collect from the final bill, he or she is also able to collect up to ten percent on top of this. Don’t ask why it really doesn’t make a lot of sense. After this, the mover is then required by law to move the requisite goods to the proper location within the specified amount of time. A moving company or individual mover is only able to do this, however, if the final bill exceeds the initial estimate.
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