Like with anything else, when you are moving to Las Vegas it is a good idea to contact multiple companies and compare services and prices. Look into reviews and ask friends about their experiences directly whenever possible. Check into consumer organizations such as the Better Business Bureau, your local chamber of commerce, and other resources.
Verify Your Moving Company
The American Moving and Storage Association (AMSA) suggests that consumers select a company that is a member. You can check by visiting www.Moving.org whether your moving company is a member. All AMSA members have agreed to abide by the terms of the AMSA’s published tariffs and participate in their sponsored Arbitration Program.
Inform Your Mover About Your Timeline
Once you have your list of movers narrowed down you should advise them of your destination and time of move to ensure availability. Make sure to ask about the services they offer and request a detailed breakdown of costs. With copy in hand it makes it easier to determine which mover suits your needs and budget best. It is also a good idea to ask about detailed items missing from movers estimates. This can help you to avoid hidden or forgotten charges once the movers show up, your items get on the truck, or when it comes time to unload them at their Las Vegas destination.
Getting An Estimate
Keeping in mind the value you are receiving, and just the price, the total value of your move won’t likely vary much between moving companies providing similar services, so beware of a company that has a drastically lower price. They may not understand your requirements, or you may find hidden costs down the road. Be certain to obtain written estimates and have them on hand at the time of service. Bare in mind that interstate moves are generally based on the weight of your belongings, and the distance you are moving.
Not a bid and not a contract, your non-binding estimate is an approximate cost based on the mover’s understanding of your services and items being moved. A final cost will be calculated once your shipment has been weighed. Under this type of an agreement you can anticipate a cost less than the estimate, but at highest at ten percent above the original estimate, or 110% of the total estimate at the time of delivery.
If you want something more exact a binding estimate might be the right thing for you. Of course since a binding estimate means that you will pay the price set forth regardless of the weight (more or less than the estimated weight) estimators often assume a higher weight to cover their costs. If you go this route be sure to spell out everything you need or your original low cost could skyrocket.
This type of estimate is often suggested as you will know the maximum amount that will be obligated to pay for the services listed in your Las Vegas moving estimate. Th way this works is that your move is performed at actual weight based on agreed upon tariff rate level, the binding estimate representing the maximum charge that you will have to pay.
Remember not to agree to or sign any estimate until you have done your shopping.