All movers in Vancouver, Washington, are required to provide you with a free written estimate of the probable cost of your move. Verbal estimates are not allowed. The estimate should clearly and accurately describe all charges.
There are two types of estimates:
- A non-binding estimate is an educated guess of what your move would cost based on the mover's survey of your belongings. Your final cost can be more than your non-binding estimate, though in no instance are you required to pay more than 25 percent above the estimate and any supplemental estimate.
- A binding estimate is a written agreement that guarantees the price you pay based on the items to be moved and the services listed on the estimate. The two parties agree this is the final price to be paid.
Regardless of which type of estimate you get, you are best served by an accurate one. Show the estimator every single item to be moved, including items in the attic, basement, garage, shed, closets and under beds. Reach a clear understanding about the amount of packing and other services needed.
Ben Hoskins owns You Move Me franchises in Oregon and Vancouver, Washington. You Move Me is a local moving company that moves you, not just your boxes! When Ben isn't moving you, or providing you with advice and insights about moving, he's spending time with his wife and two young children. Follow Ben on Google+.