There are multiple reason why to get an
on-site estimate, read below why.
Benefits of an On-Site Moving Estimate
When it comes to determining which moving company you will end up hiring, it is important to only consider those who will devote the time and effort to making an on-site estimate of the job you are asking them to perform. While there may be some restrictions, such as the size of your move, visual inspections are the most precise.
You want to schedule at least two or three in home, on-site estimates in order to make the proper determination on how much you are looking to spend on this project. Most of the time, you can fit all in one day, allowing about forty minutes for each company to make a thorough inspection of your home and make proper notes on all elements involved with the move. You will probably get a wide range of estimates, and you should shoot for the one that is neither the priciest nor the cheapest. Finding an average will, in most cases, get you the most for your money.
Be sure the movers are made aware of any and all items that are to be relocated, especially in attics, garages, and basements. You should also make them aware of specialty items such as artwork, china, collections, pianos and other musical instrument, and delicate electronics, all of which may require specialized attention for your long distance move. A good, reputable company will be able to identify these elements early on and provide a plan of action for taking proper care of them.
Make sure everything is accounted for during the on-site estimate, since unexpected additional items can cause the price for the move to increase accordingly. You also want to discuss any and all details related to the move that will allow moving day to be as stress free as possible.
In home estimates are important in that they allow you to see your move in far greater detail than a phone conversation or email exchange would be able to provide. While they are not 100% accurate all the time, they do make for a much more realistic expectation of your move and everything that goes along with it.