|When you contact MOVING OPTIONS, we will arrange for a representative in your area to do an in-home assessment survey of your moving needs. When the survey results are reported to us, we will prepare one or more estimates based on rates of competing companies in your area. We will explain the differences and advantages/disadvantages of each estimate. You then decide who will move you.
We will obtain the needed information from you to schedule the move to meet your needs. We will arrange the move with the selected van line, and provide you with an ORDER FOR SERVICE, stating, in writing, what services are agreed on, dates for packing, loading, and delivery spread, valuation coverage, etc.
We will set up the payment method, but your payment is not made to us. You pay the company which provides your service. They pay us. And there is NO ADDED COST TO YOU for using our services.
Interstate moving has undergone a tremendous change, effective on January 1, 2008. If you last moved prior to January 1 of 2008, pricing was largely identical from one mover to another. Most movers used the same price structure, and they competed with each other by offering discounts off of those base rates. It was reasonably easy to compare one estimate with another.
But in May of 2007, the Surface Transportation Board of the federal Department of Transportation issued a ruling that the joint rate making practiced by moving companies, and, separately, by motor freight companies, constituted restraint in trade, or price fixing. This was something of a surprise, as business had been done in that manner, under the auspices of the United States Government, for approximately 45 years! The federal government essentially accused themselves of complicity in price fixing!
Irony aside, the net effect of the ruling was that by January 1, 2008, each van line (and motor freight company) was ordered to have their own pricing structure. The idea was that this might benefit the consumer by fostering increased competition, resulting in lower rates.
So, now, it is somewhat difficult to compare one company’s price to another, and to be certain you are getting comparable services for the prices charged.
This is where we come in; we will schedule your estimates, explain the differences, and set up your move. A simplified solution, to a complex matter!!