Understanding Your Moving Quote: An Interview with Nationwide Relocation Services

Nationwide Relocation ServicesA team of experienced movers at Nationwide Relocation Services stands ready to assist customers with all of their moving needs. Nationwide Relocation Services begins this process by providing an in-depth quote that describes each cost associated with a project. Recently, a spokesperson from Nationwide Relocation Services answered a few of our questions about what to look for when receiving a moving quote.

A Gathering of Experts: What’s the first step in receiving an accurate quote?

Nationwide Relocation Services: An individual should speak directly to the mover or estimator, and then request a written quote.

A Gathering of Experts: Can’t people just go online?

Nationwide Relocation Services: Many people will seek quotes online and then ask that they be sent through email, but this will likely result in a bad move.

A Gathering of Experts: What if there isn’t enough time?

Nationwide Relocation Services: If the individual is unable to take a few minutes to talk with an estimator, then wait until the time is right.

A Gathering of Experts: How should someone proceed if the estimator is the perfect fit?

Nationwide Relocation Services: If the estimator seems suitable and all the appropriate questions have been asked, get their contact information.

A Gathering of Experts: What are some prominent features of the quote?

Nationwide Relocation Services: The top of the written estimate will hold a DOT and MC number.

A Gathering of Experts: Tell us about these numbers.

Nationwide Relocation Services: These numbers are assigned by the Department of Transportation for their licensing purposes.

A Gathering of Experts: What if these numbers aren’t included on the quote?

Nationwide Relocation Services: If an estimate doesn’t have both of these numbers, discard  quote and keeping looking.

A Gathering of Experts: What else should a prospective customer examine?

Nationwide Relocation Services: The quote must print the company’s address on top. Plus, the address needs to match their company details as listed on the DOT website. The quote must also have all items stated, as well as the weight of each item.

A Gathering of Experts: How should the items be defined?

Nationwide Relocation Services: The quote should list items in terms of weight instead of cubic feet. Movers will have both measurements.

A Gathering of Experts: Can the mover compare between the two measurements?

Nationwide Relocation Services: The industry standard is that the average cubic foot is equal to 7 pounds. Therefore, an itemized list of larger items such as furniture will hold a cubic foot estimate along with the weight.

A Gathering of Experts: Are there any other potential pitfalls to avoid?

Nationwide Relocation Services: If the written quote says “Quote” or “Estimate” at the top of the document, it’s a major red flag. Instead, the estimate should have the label “Binding” or “Binding Not-to-Exceed” placed on it.

A Gathering of Experts: What do these terms mean?

Nationwide Relocation Services: A binding quote means that it will be that price, even if it weighs less, but that there are no hidden charges.

A Gathering of Experts: And a binding not-to-exceed estimate?

Nationwide Relocation Services: A binding not-to-exceed quote is one where the estimate may be adjusted based on the inventory. If the inventory decreases, the customer will end up paying less.

A Gathering of Experts: How should extra charges be addressed?

Nationwide Relocation Services: Your quote should have accessorial charges listed separately. An accessorial charge is any extra charge you incur, and it should be clearly spelled out.

Nationwide Relocation Services is a nationally renowned moving brokerage company based in Florida.

 

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