There are three types of quotes that your office mover could provide:
- Estimate. This means that the mover has estimated your move but you will pay a price based on time and materials.
- Guaranteed Price. The mover is guaranteeing the price submitted as long as the scope of work does not change.
- Not to Exceed Price. This means that the mover is guaranteeing the price as long as the scope of work does not change but will reduce your final costs should the move take less time.
There are two types of commercial moves:
- Load & Go. This means the mover will load all trucks at origin and then take the crew to destination to off load all product. This method is usually used when your total product to be moved is under three truckloads.
- Shuttle. In this case the mover has a crew at origin and a crew at destination with trucks revolving from origin to destination until the move is complete. This type of move is usually employed when there are more than three truckloads.
Your mover’s quote should have every aspect of the move detailed completely. The quote should have how many total truckloads are estimated; how long it will take per truckload; how many movers will be at origin and how many hours it will take to load all product; how many movers will be at destination and how long it will take to off load all product; any travel time that will increase your costs; the costs per hour for trucks, movers, installers, computer disconnect/reconnect etc.; costs for any and all materials used in the move; and a final total cost to your company.