The difference between binding and non-binding moving quotes

Moving guides - October 30, 2018

Moving can be a tough experience for you and your family. Deciding to leave your hometown, your friends, and the lifestyle you are so much used to is a difficult endeavor. However, if you decided that moving is the way to go, you have to consider if you are financially able to do so. Relocations can be expensive, that is for sure. With this taken into consideration, you will soon realize that there are two ways the moving companies handle the process. They can offer you binding or non-binding moving quotes. A moving quote is an estimate of how much the moving process will cost.

Binding moving quotes

With a binding moving quote, it is all about fixed prices. The company representative will come to your house and give you an estimate on how much will the moving cost. They will look at the things you want to move, and give you a contract. By doing this, you can see if you can sustain yourself financially during the moving process. With binding quotes, the estimate may rise, if you request additional services. Additional services include moving insurance, for your personal things, or moving long distance. These additional services will not be included in the estimated price, but viewed separately.

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Help your movers by arranging everything before their arrival

Ensure the safety of your belongings. And your budget.

You should avoid adding more things that were not previously included in the estimate. This can make the movers refuse the service because they probably have different vehicles for different amounts of weight. Always try to put everything you want to move in the estimate, in order to avoid situations like this.

The moving company will probably agree to be paid upon delivery. Some moving companies may request to be paid up-front, but this is something that would make them seem unreliable. Also, every service must be stated in the contract, and they must add up to the estimate. The estimate should be attached to the bill of lading so the movers cannot add something that was not agreed upon. When you agree upon an estimate, no other additions can be made, and that is the final price you will pay for your move. No matter what moving services you have picked.

Non-binding moving quotes

Non-binding moving quotes are not contract based, and the end price may vary from the estimate. It is usually determined by the weight of the things that you are moving. This can be unreliable because the mover can give you one estimate, and when actually moving, give you another based on the actual weight of your belongings. This can allow the moving company to make shady deals, and allow many scammers to drag you into their game. They can allow you to use additional services without telling you the cost, and then bill you after delivery.

Man carrying some boxes.
Be careful about additional costs!

They can surprise you with the price without having to tell you before the move. This is why non-binding agreements are not recommended. So, be wary of these agreements, because they can present you with a too-good-to-be-true estimate, and then add additional costs, and bait you into using their services. One thing is for sure – you should do everything that is in your power to avoid common moving scams.

The positive aspect

However, non-binding agreements are good if you do not have a lot of stuff. If you have things that do not weigh a lot and are about the minimum price of moving, this should be your go-to option. The minimum price of moving is the price you have to pay for the service, even if your weight estimate is lower than the weight required to exceed the minimum price.

Binding not-to-exceed-estimate

one is the most popular among the people that wish to move. It is based on a fixed price of the move, and cannot exceed that, even if the weight of the stuff is more than what was agreed upon. You can also even pay less than the original price if the weight is lower than the estimate. This is the most cost-efficient way to move your household, so think about it!

Ways of lowering your moving cost

This is an important thing to consider, as the moving process is usually quite expensive. Any way of minimizing the price is welcome. Reducing the amount of stuff equals reducing weight and price. One of the best ways to reduce the amount of stuff is to sell or donate the items you do not need anymore. You can try selling some things on eBay or other online trading websites. You can also think about having a garage sale. This is one of the best ways to remove additional moving costs. Take a look at how much do their additional services cost. Additional services include flight costs, long-distance hauls, and even moving oddly-shaped items. Things like pianos, or some artwork can increase the price of moving because they take up more space in the truck.


Moving contract.
Read the contract carefully and make sure it includes your moving quotes!


You should think about moving during the off-season. The moving season is from May to September. This will reduce your travel costs as the moving companies have less work during this time of year. You should also consider moving within the company’s time frame. Setting up your own time frame can increase cost as they will have to work under a deadline. Booking some time before the move can allow the company to make a schedule and reduce your moving cost because they have time to prepare.


When you decide to move, there are ways to do it differently. You should carefully decide on the company and see what they offer. Getting a company with the lowest rates can be tempting, but this can mean that they will not do the job properly. Check for reviews online and find the most cost-efficient company. Also, don’t forget about moving quotes. Make a good decision and good luck with your move!

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