When it comes to preparing for a move, cost is understandably one of the biggest concerns homeowners have. At Air-Land-Sea (ALS) Van Lines, we recognize how stressful the entire process of moving your home can be, and we want to make the experience as hassle-free as possible. To do this, we provide our customers with all the information required to make an informed decision when hiring professional movers.

How do you know what professional moving company is the right one for you? Among the most important pieces of information you’ll get from companies are the moving estimates. Choosing the lowest estimate may seem like a great way to save money, but it’s not a guarantee of quality service. Below, find out what you need to know about your moving quote.

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Understand How Your Move is Estimated

There are a few ways that your moving quote can be estimated, with the two most common being weight and space. Traditionally, long distance movers at professional companies will use the total weight of all items you need moved to come up with your moving quote. Other movers may quote you a price based upon how much space you will use in their equipment.

In-Home vs. Phone Estimate

Both methods provide you with an estimate of what you can expect to pay on moving day, but one has definite advantages over the other. Estimates given over the phone are great as a jumping off point, but when you want the most accurate quote, you’ll want to schedule an in-home estimate. At ALS Van Lines, we’ll send one of our trained professionals to your home to provide you with a written estimate based upon the all the items you need moved.

Check for Additional Costs

As we previously mentioned, choosing the lowest quote isn’t always your best bet. Not only does it not guarantee quality, but it doesn’t mean you’ll end up saving money. Before you hire your professional movers, be sure that ask about other costs that may not be included in your estimate. Examples of services that may not be explicitly stated on an estimate include additional charges for:

  • Stairs
  • Long Carry Service
  • Packing Services
  • Shuttle Service
  • Large or Specialized Items like Pianos
  • Gratuities

For honest, accurate pricing and high-quality service from extensively trained professionals, ALS Van Lines is a number one choice for home and business owners in Atlanta. We’d love to provide you with more information and your own no-cost, no-obligation moving quote, so give us a call today to learn more. You can also request your complimentary in-home consultation by taking a moment to complete our online quote form, and we’ll be in touch as soon as we’re able.

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