The typical member company of the NCMA would usually like to visit a residence to estimate the pounding and packing costs of an upcoming move from one town to another. Moves within a city usually do not require a site visit to estimate the hourly charges involved. Each estimator has his own way of conducting an estimate; however, the results should be within the same range. After the estimate, a suggestion to the consumer is to ask, “How can I reduce the estimated costs?” The estimator can usually offer helpful hints.
The three types of written estimates required to be offered for moves within North Carolina are:
Non-binding Estimates – This is a true estimate. Actual charges will be determined after the services have been completed.
Binding Guaranteed Estimates – This type of estimate is binding on both the mover and the shipper. If the shipper adds any items or services that need to be performed, an addendum may be completed to reflect the new charges.
Binding Not-To-Exceed Estimates – This type of estimate states that the prices of the estimate is the maximum price for the move. If the actual services performed are less than the estimate,then the actual charges will apply. If the shipper adds any items or services that need to be performed, an addendum will be completed to reflect the new charges.
Most movers can give you a ballpark figure or quote their hourly rates over the phone. Be aware that movers are not required to use the three options above for a phone quote.