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What Goes Into Those Moving Quotes You See Online?

The world wide web is a great place to search for moving quotes.  After all, you can get all of the information you need with just a few clicks of your mouse!

But what exactly goes into the moving quotes you’re getting online?

–  Your old and new addresses

A moving company can’t give you a legitimate quote (either online or in person) without knowing where all of your stuff is now and where it’s going!  And, they like to be as detailed as possible.  That’s why they’ll ask you for a specific zip code, instead of just a city name.  That way, your movers can pinpoint exactly how far they’ll be travelling.


–  The date you want to move

Just like every other industry, the moving industry has peak times.  If, for example, you’re moving a few weeks before the school year starts, you’ll likely pay more because that’s when so many other people like to move.  On the other hand, most people don’t want to move around the holidays, so a November or December move might be much cheaper.


–  Some details about your stuff

To a mover, there’s a big difference between a small apartment full of light wicker furniture and a four-bedroom home that’s full of heavy oak furniture!  So, be prepared to describe the stuff you need to move.  Without these key details, you can’t get an accurate moving quote online!


–  Some details about your new and old homes

If all of your stuff is going to a fifth floor walkup, you’ll likely pay more than if your stuff was going to a single-story home.  After all, the walkup will take up a lot more of your movers’ time and energy!