Online or In-Home Estimates

Online, Phone or In-Home Estimates… Which is better?

Online Estimate

Finding the right moving company can be a challenge, but there are simple tasks to make it painless. Understanding what information is needed to identify a good estimate is the difference between a good estimate and a bad one.  Whether the estimate is completed online or in person is key to understanding the moving costs along with the time and effort it takes to move a significant amount of items. Receiving a great quality and detailed estimate without surprising costs is important and is the goal of providing a great estimate.                     

Online or Phone Estimates

There is a challenge when completing an online estimate, the moving company isn’t able to see all the items or know exactly how many boxes are in each room that need to be added to the truck or even packed. For online estimates the easiest way is to keep them simple, each customer service representative will many questions starting room by room, to keep everything organized of what is being moved. The customer’s job is to make a detailed list, or be specific when speaking over the phone to relay all the items that are being moved including box counts or specific hard to handle items.

Online and phone estimates are great for a quick move and the move doesn’t include a lot of items. Online estimates are also great for someone who is on-the-go and doesn’t have a lot of time. They are easy to accomplish because an online or phone estimate can fit into anyone’s schedule. Keep in mind to be detailed about items that are being moved and have a great estimate of box counts or sizes to help keep things smooth.

In Home Estimates

In-Home EstimatesThe difference, in-home estimates more accurate. If you are on a budget it will almost be spot on. In-person communication is key when moving and handling customers belongs. If there is availability to schedule an in-home estimate to achieve a full estimated budget and an accurate inventory of all the items.

In-home estimates can be time consuming. That will depend on the amount of items or boxes that are needed to be inventoried. Make sure there is enough time to allocate to spending with the moving company to take the inventory to get an accurate list.


Either option for a moving estimate will always depend on what is best for the customer. These options provide the convenience and reassurance that the estimate is being done correctly. These options also provide that the items are being properly accounted for before the move and to provide a detailed estimate to ensure the move is on budget for the customer.

Get an ACCURATE Moving Estimate

Accurate Moving EstimateAn accurate moving estimate should not resemble pulling teeth! Nobody likes surprises, not the customer and not the business!  The best way to get an accurate moving quote is to learn the biggest factors and plan accordingly. Let us help!

How to Get an Accurate Moving Estimate {In 3 easy steps}

  1. Report Appliances
  2. Report Large / Unusual Items (Hot tubs, safes, pianos, exercise equipment)
  3. Do a Video Tour

The rest of the information can be easily estimated by evaluating the number of individuals in your household and the size of your home.  Bonus points if you have moved at all recently (and had a good experience) and can report the time, weight or other details!

Why an Accurate Estimate Matters

Having a precise moving estimate is critical for a variety of reasons

  1. The number of crew members on your job
  2. The length of time
  3. The size of the truck
  4. Supplies

Unfortunately, inventory changes, differences in distance and other factors can have a huge (re:awful) impact on a move.  Delays, lack of space and supplies and general unpreparedness can be catastrophic.  Hiding or forgetting items will cost you in the long run!  It is best to be transparent.

The Beauty of Video Tours

In the past, tours were largely reserved for long distance relocations.  Today, we have the beauty of technology and can tour any home, any time, anywhere!  Walking through your home on Facetime, Skype or Google chat – We are able to see every detail with our expert eye.  It’s an amazing tool!

Call us today for your free moving estimate, or fill out our helpful moving quote here.

Moving Estimate

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Inventory Items - Please list quantities within each field.


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Garage / Shop

Exercise Equipment

Other / Misc.

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Different Types of Moving Estimates

Moving Estimates

The Different Types of Moving Estimates and an Explanation of Each!

Many types of estimates exist when scheduling and planning your next big move! It is important to understand the differences of each, as well as the information that is required to be provided within the state of Ohio by the PUCO (Public Utilities Commission of Ohio).

A Non-Binding Written Estimate: When planning your move, it is common that a representative of the moving company will complete a visual inspection of the items that you will be moving. This is the basis for the non-binding written estimate, and if a fee is assessed for the inspection, then that fee is applied toward your final bill if the move is completed. It is also possible to waive the inspection, and you can do so by indicating on the estimate itself when signing.

A Binding Written Estimate: Your chosen moving company cannot exceed the amount that was stated in your moving estimate.

A Guaranteed-not-to-Exceed Written Estimate: Specifies the highest amount that can be charged for your move.

All moving estimates will include information such as the moving service provider’s full contact information, PUCO number, and the date of your estimate. In addition, your name and contact information, as well as your acceptance signature, is also a part of every completed estimate.  Other information, such as your destination(s), payment process, dates, and any items that are damaged or broken prior to services being provided, is also a part of the estimate. Mileage, weight, any storage costs, deposit information, and the type of insurance coverage chosen for your goods are also included.

An oral estimate should only ever be given if the total cost for your move is less that $500, or for short-notice moves that may take place in less than five days of you contacting a moving company. Any additional services that you may add require an agreed upon addendum, and not an oral estimate, regardless of the add-on value.

Knowing what to expect for your next move is key! Do the necessary research and select a company that follows the proper procedures for operation.  Get start with a free moving estimate today!

Dublin Movers

Dublin, OH Moving Company

Moving to Dublin, Ohio, sometime soon? On the search for a Dublin moving company? If so, you don’t need to look any further than Moving Ahead Services.

Our 5-star moving company provides a range of moving services and can help both businesses and individuals with their moving needs. Whether yours is a short move or a long one, we have you covered. Give us a call to get the ball rolling!

Call 614-352-6444 or fill out our moving estimate form to get started!

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