If you are moving for the first time, California Escrow Service would like to share some thoughts before you proceed. There are lots that you need to know about moving that goes beyond packing and loading boxes; the more you know the more equipped you would be to come away from a moving experience all stress-free and of course with all your household items intact and your moving bills accurate.
Moving is also expensive particularly during the holidays or at the end of the month so try to schedule your move during the weekends to save money.
If your money is low, then you may want to move around the off-peak season which is usually in the colder months of fall and winter.
Once you get your financial issues straightened out for the move and you decide on a date then you should start calling up a few moving companies either through the telephone directory or via a friend or family referral. The Internet is also very resourceful for searching for a right mover; you also get the chance to research the company to read what their past clients are saying about them.
What would generally happens after you select your mover is that they would send one of their moving consultants to take inventory of your household items so that they can give an estimate of how much it would all cost to move. The estimate can be a binding or non-binding estimate or a binding not to exceed estimate.
With a binding estimate you are asked to pay the exact amount that is quoted to you by the evaluating consultant whether or not the shipping costs is more or less. With a Binding Not to Exceed estimate, the consultant would not only evaluate your items but he would also weigh the items as well.
A non-binding estimate is the initial quote you would get from the consultant without them even visiting your home to see your household items. You will pay nothing to the movers until they give you a final price which is yield after the move.