How to Receive an Accurate Moving Quote via Virtual Consultation
For more than 30 years, Midway Moving and Storage has made local and long-distance moves stress-free in Chicago, IL and surrounding areas. Whether you need residential or commercial movers, we provide free estimates at your location or over the phone. Although many unscrupulous moving companies low-ball quotes and then surprise their clients with additional fees on moving day, that’s not something you need to worry about when you call us. We strive to provide accurate moving quotes upfront for every customer, every time. Due to the coronavirus pandemic, we’ve seen an increase in virtual moving consultations. Dedicated to being more than just your average moving company, we’re here to deliver peace of mind and satisfaction to all of our customers. Below, you’ll find tips on how to receive the most accurate virtual moving quote possible. Reach out to us today for a free quote!
Inventory Your Home’s Belongings Room-by-Room
One of the biggest reasons there is often a discrepancy between a virtual moving quote and the actual cost of moving services is people tend to overlook items lurking inside their basement, attic, or garage. You must know exactly what you’ll be moving, so your moving company can plan accordingly with how many movers and moving boxes they need to provide. You’ll need to make an inventory of your belongings room-by-room and give this list to the movers for the most accurate moving quote. We do not recommend attempting to make an inventory by memory because there’s bound to be some forgotten items, especially the larger your household is or the longer you’ve lived inside your home.
Every piece of furniture needs to be accounted for, from your family’s bed frames and mattresses to the bookcases, cabinets, desks, dressers, lamps, mirrors, sofas, and tables. Leave no corner of your home unturned. Even minor items, such as barbecue grills, lawnmowers, magazine racks, musical instruments, plants, statues, toys, and wine racks, should be included in your estimate. If possible, ensure everyone in the household is involved in making your inventory list, so there are no surprises about which items are being taken to your new home and which items are being discarded, donated, recycled, or sold.
Need Moving Supplies? Be Upfront with Your Expectations
You’ll need to be honest with your movers about your moving expectations. If you need help packing and unpacking boxes, transporting items, or you need boxes and other packing materials, your movers will need to include these items in their quote. A full-service move requiring additional concierge services is treated differently than a simple apartment or college move. When you request our full-service moving services, we can handle everything from turning on and shutting off utilities to organizing, packing, and labeling your items and even delivering unwanted items to local charities. However, these additional services do come at a higher cost.
If you’re moving to another Chicago neighborhood or suburb, be sure to ask for a local moving quote. If you’re relocating to another city across the state or country, you’ll need to request a long-distance moving quote. When making the arrangements for a long-distance move, we will need to determine the total weight of all your belongings, so we cannot stress the importance of verifying the accuracy of that room-by-room inventory enough. If you have sensitive office equipment and documents, a piano, or other specialty items that need to be handled with care, this is also critical information. Moving is challenging enough without planning for the unique set of challenges and logistics your move requires.
Storage Quotes Are Usually Separate from Moving Quotes
Not only is Midway Moving and Storage a full-service moving company, but we also have state-of-the-art storage facilities with 24/7 surveillance. However, it’s important to specify that you need a storage quote separate from our moving quotes during your consultation. If you’re relocating for a new job or a college student going home for the summer, you can take advantage of our full-service storage services in which we’ll do all the heavy lifting, so you can relax and focus on what lies ahead. We also offer commercial storage options and mobile storage units at competitive rates.
Moving? Request a Free, Accurate Quote from Midway
Moving and not sure which moving company to trust for an accurate virtual consultation? In business since 1987, Midway Moving and Storage is proud to be the Official Mover of the Chicago Cubs, the Chicago Board of Elections, the Cook County Housing Authorities, and the Chicago Public Schools, among other prestigious organizations. We take our moving responsibilities very seriously to ensure your complete satisfaction. Contact us today to request a free moving estimate. You may also view additional moving tips on our website to help you prepare for your moving day. We’re always happy to help!