Amidst the whirlwind stress of moving house, you may be tempted to keep things as quick as possible – including the moving company estimate. While keeping estimates confined to phone calls and emails may seem quicker and easier, it can come back to haunt you during the actual move. Money How much a moving company charges depends greatly on how much – and what type – of things you own. Obviously, a two-story house with heavy wall-to-wall furniture will be more expensive than a sparsely decorated 2-bedroom. It can be difficult for a homeowner to gauge the size and weight of items, which can end up costing you in the long run if special equipment or extra hands are needed to move your grandmother’s grand piano. On the other hand, a homeowner may experience inflated moving costs if they overestimate what is required. A moving professional will be better to assess needed equipment and labor in-person than in text or over the phone. Gauge Professionalism Needless to say, meeting someone in real life is a very different experience than talking to you on the phone. If they are rude, unprofessional, or don’t listen to your concerns in real life, do you really want them handling your most valued possessions? An on-site estimate will not only give you a better idea of your moving needs and cost, but it’s a chance to judge the character of the person who will be moving them. As stressful as moving is, you don’t need the added stress of an incompetent moving company. Take care of your valuables Depending on how many objects of extreme sentimental value you own, the mover assessing which objects will need the most care and protection could be the most important aspect of an on-site estimate. Your 150 gallon fish tank or your great-aunt’s beautiful gilded full-length mirror may require some extra care or protection during the move, and it’s improtant that the movers are aware beforehand to take note of such challenges in advance. Thank you for visiting the Real Men Moving blog, an Austin moving company. If you don’t want to risk throwing your back out moving call us for a free consultation.