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How Home Move Estimate Works?

Like anything else we buy, so does hiring service providers should include some comparing between several companies, to make sure you get all the benefits you can out of the deal. If you’re looking for moving services in Los Angeles, you should know what to check and how to differentiate between international moving companies in Los Angeles, including the selection of services each company offers, their level of professionalism, their customer service and of course, their price.

Estimate and Quote

In order to understand the price offers you get from international movers in Los Angeles, you’ll need to know what affects moving services’ prices. Knowing the elements that make the offer will help you to better know what to expect.

In-Home Estimate

The first thing to know about moving and shipping estimates, is that the most accurate estimates you will get, will be those which you will get at your house, after a moving company representative assesses all the factors and calculates them into the price quote. Be advised that a lot of companies will try to win you over by providing a price offer that will sound great over the phone or over the internet, but don’t take that for a guaranteed price, as in actual fact, the price will rise far above the initial offer once they get on site and it’s too late to change your plans.


The first factor to influence the rates of your relocation will be, of course, the destination. What is the distance to move? Is it possible to move everything by land or would air shipping or sea shipping be involved? Once the representative knows the distance and determines the appropriate shipping method, the assessment of your household shipping will start.

Size and Weight

The next two factors affecting the estimate are the size and weight of your belongings, or more accurately – the belongings moving with you to your new home. The representative will calculate how many boxes will be needed for the move and will take into consideration the existence and the quantity of fragile items, which require more delicate handling. To all of those the representative will add any additional services you may ask for (packing, storage etc.) – and will present you with your price offer.

It is most recommended to get accurate estimates from at least 2-3 professional moving companies, so you can choose the best offer for you.

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By Kfir Cohen

Kfir Cohen is handling global operations, cargo shipping, negotiation, and management of different suppliers around the world. He has more than 15 years of experience in the avant-garde of relocation and the sea/air freight business.
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