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Get an Accurate Moving Estimate: The Ultimate Guide

A moving estimate is an important part of the moving process that allows you to budget and plan accordingly. In this article, we'll cover what you need to know about moving estimates and how to get the most accurate estimate possible.

Types of Moving Estimates

There are several types of moving estimates, each with its own benefits and drawbacks. The three most common types of moving estimates are:

1. Non-binding Estimate

A non-binding estimate is an estimate that is not guaranteed. The final price may be higher or lower than the estimated price. Non-binding estimates are often given over the phone or online and are not as accurate as other types of estimates.

2. Binding Estimate

A binding estimate is a guaranteed price for your move. The final price cannot exceed the estimate, but it can be lower if the actual weight or services required for your move are less than expected.

3. Binding Not-to-Exceed Estimate

A binding not-to-exceed estimate is similar to a binding estimate but with an added benefit. If the actual weight or services required for your move are less than expected, the final price will be adjusted to reflect the lower cost. However, if the actual weight or services required for your move are more than expected, the price will not exceed the estimate.

How to Get an Accurate Moving Estimate

Getting an accurate moving estimate is important to avoid unexpected costs and to ensure that you can budget for your move. Here are some tips for getting an accurate moving estimate:

1. Provide Detailed Information

When you request an estimate, provide as much detailed information as possible. This includes the size of your home, the number of rooms, and any special items that need to be moved.

2. Request an In-Home Estimate

The most accurate way to get a moving estimate is to request an in-home estimate. This allows the moving company to see the items that need to be moved and to provide a more accurate estimate.

3. Ask Questions

When you receive a moving estimate, ask questions to ensure that you understand what is included and what is not included in the estimate. This can help you avoid unexpected costs later on.

Internal Links

Here are some internal links to other articles that may be helpful in your moving process:

  1. Moving Checklist: A comprehensive checklist to help you stay organized during your move.

  2. Packing Tips: Tips and tricks for packing your belongings safely and efficiently.

  3. Moving with Pets: Advice for moving with your furry friends.

  4. Moving Abroad: Tips for moving abroad, including international shipping and customs.

  5. Storage Solutions: Options for storing your belongings during your move.

  6. Moving Day Tips: Advice for the big day, including how to work with your movers and what to expect.


Getting an accurate moving estimate is an important part of the moving process.

By understanding the different types of estimates and following these tips, you can ensure that you get an accurate estimate and avoid unexpected costs. If you're planning a move, be sure to request a moving estimate as soon as possible to give yourself plenty of time to budget and plan.

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