Moving Guides

Moving Quotes Explained

Removalists calculate the quote they give customers based on the time frame, distance, size/weight, and service type. Their own costs include paying for fuel, labor, time, equipment, and tolls. You will get the best deal if your moving dates are flexible, to better match with the removalist’s availability.

The prices you receive from different carriers on your uShip are based on the details you provide, so be as specific as possible when you create a listing. Detail the electronics and large appliances, number of boxes, and pieces of furniture, so that the removalist can give you an accurate price. Some transporters may be able to offer you better prices if they are already headed in your direction with extra space in the truck (backspace). Pricing can also be based on levels of service. A white-glove mover will pack and unpack your belongings, whereas as a freight delivery driver will drop your things off curbside.


Traditionally, moving companies would provide a “non-binding estimate”. This was the estimated cost of completing your removal, based on the weight of your items and the type of service. However, this was not a final price from the mover. In fact, the actual price of your move in the contract would usually exceed that non-binding estimate. The bid on your move in uShip is binding for transporters if your listing properly details all items to be moved, your dates of service, and all relevant information.

To receive the most accurate quote possible, be sure that all items you want moved are included in the estimate’s description. If the mover decides that your move requires additional moving services or costs not included in the original estimate, they must inform you before acting on the additions.

Professional Moving Contracts

The best assurance you can have is a good understanding of your moving contract. Read the fine print on a contract thoroughly, and be sure to discuss any details or questions with your transporter. Moving contracts should include the following:

  • Name, address and phone number of company
  • Origin and destination addresses
  • Time and date of pick-up and delivery
  • Payment plan
  • Insurance policy

Your contract should include the cost of inventorying your possessions, and you should check the inventory thoroughly for accuracy. In the rare event that an item is lost or damaged during the move, it must be logged on the inventory for insurance purposes. Request that the contract includes the name of the moving company and the names of employees assigned to the job.

In case anything goes wrong with your move, the moving contract will be your first line of defense. Make sure it includes all relevant detail. Legally, your mover must adhere to the terms of the contract.