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Planning a move to a new home or apartment in the Pacific Northwest? Moving requires managing a lot of different to-do items, and it can be stressful to deal with all the details. If one of the things on your list is to determine how much it costs, Smooth Move People can help.

The first step is to understand the difference between a moving quote and a moving estimate. This will help you decide which one is best for your move.


A moving quote is for long-distance moves and is another kind of estimate that a moving company provides to a customer. If a company provides a quote on a long-distance move, it is based on weight. When the goods are loaded, then the company will weigh the load for an exact final price. Prices are not guaranteed until the shipment is weighted at the scales for the exact final cost.


A moving estimate is for local moves and to let customers know that no matter how low a mover’s estimate is, the rate is still determined by the hour. As the name implies, the price that movers present to you is a proposal of how much it will cost for your move. It is helpful for potential customers to get an approximate price of how much the total will be while comparing companies and drafting a moving budget. The most important thing to remember is that an estimate is not a guaranteed or contractual price. It is a general idea of what the move will cost so that potential customers can start getting their moving budget in order. One final point: Not every mover charges the same rate — but all local moving companies are regulated and have the same insurances, coverages, and even the same paperwork.


Are you planning for a move? Let us help! Our business is to make your move as smooth as possible, so if you are moving soon to a new apartment or home, check out our services and rates to see how we can help.

The team at Smooth Move People is ready to talk to you about the specific details of your move. We can provide written quotes and free estimates to help you make a good decision.

Contact us today to get your move scheduled, and let us take some of the stress out of the process!

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