When planning a long distance move there are several types of estimates available to each shipper (customer). The following is a brief description of each:
Non-binding estimate: The final cost are determined after the shipment is weighed. When receiving a non-binding estimate there is no guarantee that the final cost will not be more than the estimate. This option is only advisable if you are unsure of the total amount of items you want to ship.
Binding estimate: The final costs are provided as a “flat fee.” Your price will not change no matter the actual weight of your shipment. This option is good for customer that know exactly what they are shipping and do not plan to increase or decrease the size of their shipment.
Binding not to exceed: The final costs are determined by the actual weight of the shipment but may not exceed the quoted amount. This is the most common type of estimate because it provides peace of mind knowing the max amount you will pay. If you plan on getting rid of items prior to move day and your shipment weighs less, the charges will be decreased.
It is important to discuss these options with your estimator when planning a long distance move. Movers are legally required to provide an in-home estimate in order to survey the items to be shipped. Never accept a “verbal” estimate. Finally, if it seems to good to be sure…it generally is.