Now that you have your three quotes in front of you, it’s time to take the final step – choosing the best company out of these.
The central and most important part of the quote will be accurately estimating the amount of furniture that should be listed somewhere on the quote or in cubic feet or pounds (1 cubic foot = 7 pounds).
Everything else needed to plan and price your move will follow from this – number of movers, number and size of trucks, and so on. If moving locally, the quote should provide a minimum of 1 mover for every 400 cubic feet of furniture, assuming average Flyttefirma. Note that if your move involves difficult access (many stairs, steep driveway or whatever you have) this 400 cubic foot to moving ratio should be lower.
If one of the quotes does not include an estimate
of how much furniture there is (or has an abnormally low estimate *), the resulting estimate of time and cost will best be shot in the dark, and will almost certainly appear lower than the other quotes. Calculated this figure. If you encounter this, be mentally disciplined and resist the temptation to be seduced by a low sound price.
In the end, you probably won’t save anything and risk your move. A firm or “not to exceed” quote is a special treat if offered!
* A general rule of thumb when moving locally is 1
Cubic foot of furniture for every 1 square foot of living space. A 600 square foot apartment would have 600 cubic feet of furniture; a 1200 square foot home would have 1200 cubic feet of furniture, and so on. Note that for moves across the country, the amount of furniture is often reduced and this proportion would usually be lower.
Make sure you are happy and can comply with the Company’s Terms and Conditions before making the employment decision, especially regarding a breach. Both sides must be clear before the move begins what their respective obligations will be in the event of any damage (i.e. partial / full replacement, deduction payable, etc.). If these are not included with the quote, please ask the company to send them to you.
Your appraiser is personal to your move, and is a good sign if he or she, in giving your quote, recognizes and proactively resolves any issues that may arise on the day of the move, such as booking elevators and parking during loading / unloading, relocating and move on deadlines, or find it difficult to move items such as pianos.