For many renters, inaccurate moving cost estimates can be one of the most frustrating things about hiring a mover. Too often, a mover comes to your home and, after walking through the rooms and asking a few questions, will write out a moving estimate. A thousand bucks the estimate may read. How does the mover know it will only be a thousand dollars? They claim they have done enough moves to just “know” this amount will cover the move.
Before long, problems arise because the job is larger than the mover originally anticipated and they failed to schedule enough staff or trucks for the move. Sometimes, movers forget to note that some furniture needs to be taken to another location, which adds time and extra kilometers to the job. Suddenly, the cost of your move goes up, well past the original “thousand bucks.” Your anxiety and stress level also increase, and all you were seeking was a smooth relocation to a new home.
If you’re considering hiring movers for your big day, the Canadian Association of Movers (CAM) recommends you insist on being provided with an accurate estimate, one that is not just a best guess. They recommend that any estimates clearly show how the moving costs are calculated. Estimates should include the number of boxes to be moved, weight, distance, as well as cost per hour. Other essential line items include how extra charges will be calculated if additional items are added at the time of the move, and the cost of any additional stops that need to be made along the way.
With today’s technology, there is a better way to receive accurate estimates for the cost of your money and for movers to schedule the right number of people and trucks needed for your move.
Ask your movers if they use today’s convenient cloud-based, tablet technology. Touch-screen, internet enabled laptops and tablets can help your movers create an accurate estimate for the cost of the move. This takes the guesswork out of moving and dramatically reduces the stress involved in moving to a new home.
Armed with modern technology, a mover can go through each room in your home and accurately check off all the items that need to be moved, such as tables, chairs, dressers, beds and other furniture – and how many boxes they need to move. During this process, the system automatically calculates three crucial details – the weight and volume of the items, the right number of trucks needed for the move and the right number of movers to get the job done. This calculation reduces guesswork and nearly every potential cost is clearly outlined in your estimate.
TWO MEN AND A TRUCK Canada have long used cloud-based internet technologies to take the guesswork out of our moving estimates for our customers. Our movers use internet-ready tablets and laptops to make accurate estimates for customers and print the estimate right at the customer’s home or business for easy review. There are no unexpected surprises and the stress of a move is greatly reduced.
Moving is stressful enough. Why not use a mover who leverages today’s technology to melt some of your stress away?