Planning a move is not an easy undertaking; there are many details to manage and different options to consider. Choosing the right moving company to handle your relocation makes the experience much less stressful as well as understanding the different aspects of a moving estimate.  As the oldest moving company in Boston, we’ve done our fair share of estimates and offer the advice below to help you navigate different services and prices.   Dates: It is not uncommon for a moving company to present variances in delivery dates and times. Determine the pick up and delivery dates that work best for you then compare and contrast what different companies offer to assess what will work best for you and the moving date you have planned. It is fair to get estimates from as many as three separate companies.  Services: What services does each moving company you are checking out offer? Since moving estimates can often be cluttered and confusing, it is essential to insure all the same services are included on each distinct estimate for an equal “apples to apples” comparison.  Weight: When comparing estimates be certain to note the weights on which the total cost is based. Most movers charge by the hour for local moves while interstate moving costs are based on weight. Some variances in weight between movers is normal but a variation over 10-15% is a red flag that you may be getting overcharged.  Valuation: Be sure to determine the value of all your personal belongings being transported then investigate whether the moving company you are interested in hiring will account for covering this cost should anything get lost or damaged. Valuation will protect against loss and damage and is commonly left out of estimates by unscrupulous movers for the appearance of a lower overall cost.  Type of estimate: Before you sign on the dotted line and commit to a moving company, be confident you understand the details of your estimate. Find out if the price is guaranteed and be positive you understand all factors included in the estimate. Don’t focus only on the bottom line number. The movers you hire will be in possession of all your worldly belongings so be sure to factor in all services, cost and comfort – not just price alone.    Consider the above tips before choosing a moving company to go forward with your transition. Taking a little time to compare and contrast different estimates can make your moving experience much easier and more affordable. And check out our veideo below for even more advice.