Long-distance moving companies are required to provide written estimates. If you are moving across the country, there are two types of estimates you should know about.
Non-binding estimates are commonly utilized by moving companies, particularly Van Lines, and they primarily rely on the estimated weight of your household items. However, it’s important to note that these estimates are not binding and subject to change. To determine the precise charges, the moving company will weigh your belongings on the day of the move using a scale. This allows for a more accurate calculation of the final cost based on the actual weight of your inventory.
Binding estimates are less commonly used by moving companies for long-distance moves. Similar to non-binding estimates, they are based on the estimated weight of your household inventory. However, the key difference is that the moving company is obligated to honor the price specified in the estimate, as long as there are no changes to the inventory list.
It’s important to consider that several other factors will contribute to the total cost of your move. These factors include your location, the distance of the move, any additional stops required, and the time of year. The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) sets the regulations governing moving quotes, and your chosen moving company must adhere to these guidelines when preparing your binding estimate.