In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, and being deemed “essential business” by the governor of the state of Florida, we want to assure you, our loyal customers, that Pro Movers Miami has, and always will,put the safety of our team and that of our customers first and foremost. We are committed to following all best practices and guidelines for sanitation and for cleanliness, and are taking all of the necessary precautions as we proceed to service your move. To that end, extensive measures are being taken wherever possible to combat the spread of this virus, while still being safe and efficient as we continue to provide you with the first-class, five star moving experience that you have come to expect of us. Here are some of the proactive measures we’ve implemented and will continue to implement:

  • All estimates are being provided over the phone, virtually, on-line or via email until further notice.
  • Pre-move wellness checks for both our customers and our crew members, where all will be asked to advise us if you feel ill or suspect exposure to the virus. For our movers it would be mandatory that they stay home, and for our customers, moving services can be rescheduled, postponed or cancelled to mitigate risk, should that be necessary.
  • Our crews are equipped with gloves, disinfectant sprays/wipes and hand sanitizer for your protection and theirs.
  • We have put into effect social distancing measures, and although we have always valued the professionalism and respect that comes along with a good introductory handshake and a departing thank you, we ask for your understanding that for the safety and well-being of everyone, there’ll be no handshake or touching of any kind.
  • Upon arrival, our crew will still introduce themselves, walk through the home with appropriate social distance, begin to protect the home with all safeguards like floor runners, and door jams (as they always do), but in addition we ask you now (with all due respect), to please give them the appropriate space they need to safely and efficiently service your move and allow them space to do their job.
  • When available and appropriate, open doorways and windows to increase air circulation and ventilation.
  • We are also taking measures to sanitize the cabs and boxes of our trucks, as well as all blankets, pads, tools and equipment after each and every move to reduce any risk of cross-contamination.
  • It is our hope and our expectation that you will take the same precautionary measures that we are taking, and that will also sanitize and wipe down any and all exposed surfaces and furniture prior to our arrival. Anything that you can do to help keep our working conditions safe and sanitary for our men, is equally appreciated.
  • Owners / office staff will be working around the clock from home with complete access for our team and our customers via phone, email and text.

Again, thank you for choosing Pro Movers Miami, it is our sincere pleasure to serve you. Our Promise to you, and no matter what circumstances, is to continue to deliver the 5 stars moving service that our customers depend on. Should you need to reach us directly, please feel free, Text is always the quickest, and we are literally her for you 24/7.

Thank you, be well and stay healthy!

What is a binding estimate?

When the move is upon you, choosing a quality moving company is a logical step. However, how does one find a company that best suits their needs? A reliable way of making the right choice begins with comparing estimates from various firms. This ought to give you a clearer picture of how much your move will cost and what company comes with the best offer. Having said that, it’s important that you know there are three different kinds of estimates in regards to relocation:

  • a binding estimate
  • a non-binding estimate
  • a binding not-to-exceed estimate

The text that is in front of you will focus on the first of the bunch, explaining its intricacies.

A binding estimate in short

A binding estimate guarantees that the price you initially get will not change. It is an estimate fixed on a specific figure. The most notable trait is that it stays the same no matter the potential changes that occur during the move. To explain it further, if the weight of your shipment, time, service and/or any other factor changes, it will not affect the price that is given. As it might have crossed your mind, this deal has both the advantages and disadvantages that come with it. Both long distance and local movers in Miami offer this service, so you can feel free to inquire about any details that confuse you. People tend to opt for this kind of estimate for the security it brings. A limited budget can make the venture of relocation daunting, but with a binding estimate, one can have a peace of mind that the price will stay the same throughout.

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If you are struggling with a limited budget, a binding estimate is the right way to go.

How does a non-binding estimate differ?

Well, it’s non-binding. The reliable moving company in Miami of your choice is not bound to stick to the estimate they originally gave you. Meaning, the price that you get is approximate and most probably bound to change. When a company gives you a form to fill, it is usually for the non-binding estimate. You provide rough details about your move and get a general estimate. With the binding one, you need to fill out the form in detail, describing your belongings, preferred services, distance, dates and time. Thus, the company is able to provide a more concrete and fixed estimate.

What about the binding not-to-exceed estimate?

This option resembles the first one but nullifies its shortcomings. How so? Well, with the binding one, as we said, the price stays the same no matter the changes. This means that you need to pay the agreed amount even if your weight is less than the estimate. With this deal, however, you pay only the initial amount or lower. The estimate that you get at the beginning will not be exceeded, even if your weight is more than the original written estimate. You can see why this is the favored type of estimate for customers.

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Move your belongings but keep your peace of mind with a not-to-exceed estimate.

Rules and regulations of a binding estimate

These are controlled by FMCSA, so it’s best that you are familiar with them.

Your responsibilities

  1. You need to pay the company at the time of the delivery. Do so by cash, certified check, money order, or cashier’s check. Your mover can agree to receive payment prior to the moving day or to extend credit. Basically, it’s up to the mover. If you, however, are prevented from paying come delivery, the company will place your belongings into their safely secured storage. They will stay there until you are ready to pay. Be sure to include the price of storage into the final amount, since the fees are your responsibility.
  2. The moving company can refuse service upon arrival. This can occur if you have failed to list all the belongings you want to be shipped. To avoid such inconvenience, make sure to clearly outline every possession in the estimate. If it so happens that you want to add some items, try your best to notify the movers prior to the loading.
  3. When the company agrees to move your belongings, it can confirm the binding estimate, arrange a revised written binding estimate that has additional items or services in it, or add an attachment to the contract, stating that both sides agree that the estimate is now non-binding. So, try to avoid any altercations in the last minute because it can result in not having a mover on moving day.
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Last minute changes are highly inadvisable if your goal is to keep the original price, as well as the moving company

The company’s responsibilities

  1. The company that you hired needs to provide you with a written assessment prior to relocation. Take enough time to go over this evaluation and discuss any possible differences.
  2. The estimate must describe exactly and meticulously the shipment and all the services the company will provide. That way the company cannot charge you any additional fees. If you ask the company for any extra services, they must bill you separately.
  3. The assessment that you get ought to specify that the estimate is binding for the client and the mover. Additionally, they should retain the copy of the binding estimate and keep it attached to the bill of lading.
  4. Once the mover loads your belongings into the truck, the binding estimate is no longer negotiable. They have agreed to the binding estimate and no alterations can be made, nor costs added. The only exception are the additional services and charges that you both previously approved of. Also, these are billed after the shipment is delivered. You only need to pay for the binding estimate on a moving day.