Getting an Estimate
The cost of an interstate move is usually based on the weight of your belongings and on
the distance they are shipped, plus the amount of packing and other services that you
To help you anticipate the cost of your move, movers will give you an estimate of the price.
Help the movers calculate the cost of your move by showing them every single item to be moved.
Don't forget to go into the attic, basement, garage, closets and under beds. Reach a clear
understanding about the amount of packing and other services needed. Anything omitted from
the estimate but later included in the shipment will add to the cost.
Most movers offer two types of estimates: binding and non-binding. Binding estimates are
written agreements that guarantee the cost of the move based on the items to be moved and
the services listed on the mover's estimate sheet. Therefore, it's important to make
certain the binding estimate sheet contains all of the items to be moved, along with
any additional services to be provided by the mover. Anything that is added later might
result in increased charges and may delay the move.
Non-binding estimates, on the other hand, are not guaranteed. Instead, a non-binding
estimate is an approximation of the cost based on the mover's survey of the items to be
moved, with the final cost determined after the shipment is weighed. A non-binding estimate
does not bind the mover. When you receive a non-binding estimate, there is no guarantee
that the final cost will not be more than the estimate.
When you are discussing your estimate with your mover, be sure to ask about the arrangements
for paying for the move. It is customary for movers to require that charges be paid
in cash, by certified check, or by money order. Most movers will not accept personal checks.
Some movers will accept payment by credit card. However, do not assume that because you
have a nationally recognized charge or credit card that it will be accepted for payment.
Ask your mover.