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Mar 19, 11:55
Question by metz1055 (Max)

How long should an on site estimate take

How long does it take for a moving company to do an on site estimate once they arrive at my home? It's a one bedroom apartment, I have about 45 boxes already packed. I would like to schedule about four companies and I would like to give each of them enough time. Thank you

Mar 19, 13:03
Answer by alexzehn (Alex Z.)


Visual estimate consists of two parts: the actual survey, and the offer the estimator will make once s/he concludes and summarizes the survey results.

For your type of move the estimator will only require around 30-40 minutes to complete the survey and come up with a solid BINDING FLAT PRICE estimate (basically, an offer).

You have to remember that most visual estimators are also salesmen, and they will try to seal a deal with you on the spot. To prevent that I would recommend you to have all the estimates scheduled one after another on the same day, and make sure that each estimator knows that s/he only has that much time before meeting face to face with the representative of the other company. Estimators really don't like that.

Personally, I don't believe that showing other offers to the estimators is a good idea, even though you could probably get the prices down as a result. The reason for that is pretty simple - you want to get unbiased estimates, evaluate and compare them, and then try to take the price down over the phone.

Good luck with your move,

Alex Z. @

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