PACKING QUOTES

Some moving companies make packing quotes more complex than they need to be. ??There are two sides of the same coin when it comes to packing quotes. ??Packing supplies and the labor used to actually pack the boxes. ??Almost all packing quotes are estimates. ??It is almost impossible to guess just how many boxes will be packed when all is said and done. ??Understanding the quote is essential.

 

Some companies charge hourly rates for the packing crew, and itemize the boxes, tape, bubble wrap, and packing paper used. ??They then charge you full retail for all the packing supplies. ??You wind up paying about the same as if you bought your boxes at U-Haul. ??It is easy to run up a $500 plus bill just for the packing supplies. ??As with all hourly quotes, the quality and speed of the packing crew will affect how long it takes to pack your house, as well as, how much you pay.

 

Some companies charge a flat rate per box packed and still charge you retail for the boxes and packing paper. ??The better moving companies charge a flat rate per box, and include the box, packing paper, tape, and bubble wrap. ??Free packing supplies means you won???t be nickel and dimed over every roll of tape. ??The movers buy the boxes wholesale anyway. ??Free boxes with packing supplies lets you know they are not profiting on the cardboard and the packers are earning their money by providing you with quality service.

 

An itemized packing quote is based on the estimated number of boxes that you will need packed. ??Ask how much any additional boxes would be to pack and if less boxes are packed then quoted, how would that affect the price.

 

Ask about insurance and company guarantees on boxes packed by the movers. ??Boxes packed by the customer normally do not carry the same protection, ???contents unknown???.

 

It is common for people to request a partial pack job, only using the professionals to pack the kitchen and other breakable items. ??Some folks use the packers as a backup plan to pack whatever their friends and family were not able to finish. ??Make sure your packing quote is flexible and you only pay for the work that is actually performed.

 

A by the box flat rate is the best packing quote to get. ??A typical by the box flat rate includes all the supplies: packing paper, tape, bubble wrap, and the box. ??Typical pricing is $7 for 1.5 cubic ft. box, $8 for a 3.1 cu ft. box, $12 for dish packs, $15 for wardrobes, and $10 for picture/mirror boxes. ??Of Course each company sets their own pricing.

 

You can save a lot of money by packing yourself, but if you want to save yourself the stress and hire a professional packing crew, know what your quote includes. ??Never be afraid to ask questions. ??You are the customer, and the moving business is a service industry.

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About Jack Grant

I got my start in the moving industry as a driver for a budget apartment mover. I owned my own one ton pick-up truck, or should I say, Bank of America owned the truck. It was a hot summer and I made ok money. It didn???t take long before I started having problems with this company. Nothing affected me directly, not at first. I showed up at 6 am, hitched my truck to a trailer, picked up my move tickets for the day, and kept to myself. Then I started having problems with the way the company treated its customers, as well as, some of its movers. There were days I was overbooked, and could not get to all the jobs on time. There was also moves that were underbooked. Customers were given a low price just to get their business, then on move day they would be over charged on additional items that they wanted moved. I would arrive at a $600 move, call in the additional furniture only to find the move price to be doubled, but there didn???t seem to be twice the amount of items. The real problem I saw from the customer's point of view was what kind of crew they got. It was the luck of the draw. I considered myself to be a professional, treating the customers??? furniture with the same respect that I would want to receive if I was the one being moved. It seemed that they would hire anyone that could pull their trailers; no experience, no background checks, no drug tests, no English, no ethics???no problem. I started to feel out of place. I remember that one of their drivers lost a trailer on the highway. The budget apartment mover tried to make him pay for all the damages, even though it was a worn out trailer hitch that was to blame. The equipment was not properly maintained. After three months pulling for the budget apartment mover, I resigned and went to work for a local independent moving company. The trailers were well maintained, as well as, the moving equipment. The quality of the movers was a lot better too. I worked there as a driver for a little over three years. In 2001 my friend started a moving company, a new kind of moving company. A moving company with upfront pricing, an instant online quoting system, and online testimonials. In 2001, no one that I knew had an online message board for folks to post their comments or an actual instant online quoting system. Email forums were all that was used and is still the standard in most moving companies to this day. ???We will get most of our business from repeat customers and referrals if we set the benchmark for quality,??? he told me. I started at MoveCo.net as a driver in spring 2001, just in time for the moving season. Soon I was running packing crews, and doing onsite bids as well. MoveCo did not have a sales force; the drivers did all the in-home estimates; Having the actual driver do the bid eliminated lots of misunderstandings. I became proficient at everything from crating nine foot sailfish, to moving grand pianos. I was able to see the country, moving folks coast to coast. I have met a lot of interesting and good people along the way. MoveCo.net is proof a good deal of stress and all the horror stories can be eliminated with fair pricing, quality service, and no misunderstandings. MoveCo started adding box trucks to the fleet early on. Box trucks were more capable and I always felt gave a better image. I started going to the industry conference and discovered there really is a wide range of moving companies and service levels. The budget apartment movers might be a step up from a guy and a rental truck off craigslist, but on the other end of the spectrum you have the National Van Lines and top notch independents. In the moving business you are only as a good as your reputation. MoveCo has built that reputation over the last 15 years. I am proud to be a part of the MoveCo family. I hope you find this information in this blog useful. I may not be a professional writer, but I am a professional mover with over 18 year???s experience.