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Know Your Terms: “Non-Binding Estimate”

When moving home, and dealing with professional movers, it’s important that you know what the terms are that are being used. A lot of people don’t understand what is being agreed upon, and can sometimes end up unhappy with the final bill. At Southern Cal Moving, we think it’s important to be upfront and transparent when we conduct business. So let’s take a look at what the term, non-binding estimate means.

What Is a Non-binding Estimate?

A non-binding estimate is essentially when you agree to pay for the actual weight of items to be moved, based on a set price per pound (which your moving company will confirm with you). However, it’s important to note that the final bill may be higher, or in fact lower than the original estimate, depending on the actual weight.

A moving company cannot, so therefore should not, charge you for a non-binding estimate. It is simply a form of estimated costs of your move and does not bind you to a contract with the mover. In most cases, your final cost will be more than the estimate, unless otherwise stated. When you receive a non-binding estimate, it must be in writing and must accurately describe the transit and all services provided. If your final bill is more than the non-binding estimate, and it probably will be, your mover must breakdown the cost and the tariff must be stated on the final bill. This is required by law.

What Is a Binding Estimate?

A binding estimate is slightly different, and less common than a non-binding estimate. A binding estimate is an exact cost for all of the moving services. This means that your final bill will not increase or decrease and you will always pay what was estimated up front.

Find Out More

If you are interested in finding out more information on the ins and outs of moving terminology, or want to find out how we can help you, contact us at 951-520-8800.


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