Moving is a long process that takes a lot of time and preparation. In order to be completely prepared for your move, it is important to schedule an in-home estimate.  A moving estimator will be able to help you better understand the move process and give you a fair and accurate quote. Before an estimator comes out to your home to do a survey, there are several important steps that you should take in order to prepare for an in-home move estimate.

Schedule your appointment:  Be sure to call multiple moving companies in your area to schedule an in-home move estimate. This will allow you to receive multiple quotes; giving you the opportunity to compare rates and make sure you are receiving fair estimates. When scheduling your appointment, pick a date and time when you will be available to meet your estimator in person for, on average, 30-60 minutes. Feel free to ask any questions you may have about the estimate process when setting up your appointment.

Make a list: It will be beneficial to both you and your estimator if you know what items you will be moving. This will make the survey faster, and it will help you receive an accurate quote. Tag items that will not be going with post-it notes, so the estimator does not accidently include these belongings on your estimate. If you are unsure if certain items will be moved, it is a good idea to include them anyway. The moving company can always go back and remove these pieces from the inventory.

Prepare your questions: Along with your list, write down any important questions you may have about the move process, your moving dates, and any other information you are curious about.

Be Present: Make sure that you or someone over the age of 18 will be at your home to greet the estimator. Please plan on being there for the entire appointment to show him or her around your home. If you do have someone else meet the estimator, make sure they are aware of any garages, attics, or crawl spaces where items are stored.

Follow up: Once you have received your quote, be sure to follow up with your estimator to let them know if you are interested in booking your move. If you have any questions about the details of your quote, contact your estimator for explanation.

It is important to schedule your estimate at least two weeks before your move date. This gives you and the moving company time to prepare for your move, so you will have the best moving experience. Call Fry-Wagner to schedule your appointment today with one of our experienced estimators. For over a century, the professionals at Fry-Wagner have been helping people just like you plan, prepare, and perform local and cross country moves. We know what it takes to deliver a stress-free moving experience!