Dear valued clients,
Our business is continuing to operate as we navigate the current COVID-19 situation, and we are adapting our operations by practicing social distancing, and reiterating the practices of good hygiene, like frequent hand washing, providing hand sanitizer and gloves for the moving crews. We are also offering virtual onsites for current/ future clients during the current situation. We will do our best to keep our current clientele informed of any changes to current/ future moves.

As our client, your safety and health is our #1 priority during this state of emergency. Please consider the following guidelines to prepare for your move with us:

⚠ADVICE FOR CLIENTS REGARDING SETTING UP CONDITIONS FOR A MOVE: • Upon our arrival, please have your residence/ office/ items as ready as possible (cleaned/ sanitized and ventilated in advance) for the removal of your items. • It is recommended that you/ your representatives will keep, at a minimum, 6 feet of distance from our crew. Our crew members will keep, at a minimum, 6 feet of distance or more at the time of service. • You will assure continuous ventilation of the spaces we work in at all times. • Please provide dedicated bathroom(s), equipped with soap and paper towels for our crew members.

⚠LIMITATION OF LIABILITIES OF MOVING COMPANIES AND THEIR RIGHT TO CANCEL WORK (NATIONAL LOCAL MOVES): The Government has stated it is or will be implementing (as yet) measures to combat the spread of the virus. Such measures in place might impact our ability to provide services to you (including but not limited for us having to suspend or cancel in full the services) or the virus otherwise affects our ability to fulfill your relocation. This may place us in a position where we will not be able to accept any ability for any losses that may arise and we limit our liability accordingly. We are keeping the matter under careful review and will ensure that all customers are advised of any developments that may affect fulfillment of contracted services.

As our team at Homegrown Moving Company has been following updates, we are choosing to work with & adhere to the guidelines set forth by health officials and authorities. We want to do our part in mitigating the impact and spread of COVID-19 to the businesses and communities we serve, and we are implementing the following strategies to do so:

We have discussed with our team members what to do in the scenario that anyone is experiencing symptoms or may have been exposed to the virus. We have an understanding among ourselves to be transparent if somebody's not feeling good or may have been exposed. We understand the need to self quarantine for the proper amount of time, if this occurs, to avoid any further spread. In turn, we ask the same from our customers. In the event that you are feeling sick or may have been exposed, we are happy to make arrangements for another move date.

Use of examination gloves: Our teams will wear examination gloves while servicing moves as an additional hygiene measure and self protection. Gloves will be discarded after each move.

Due to the high demand of masks, we are unable to provide them at the moment, but if you would like masks to be provided for your move, please provide them and we can use them.

Our team will also have hand sanitizer, and we ask that they are allowed to use a sink or water source to wash their hands when available. Social distancing: Upon arrival to our customers' homes or offices, team members will follow the protocol of social distancing, allowing 6' between team members and you, our customer. We have always valued the professionalism and respect that accompany an introductory handshake, however during the COVID-19 outbreak, we ask that our customers understand for safety purposes that we will refrain from shaking hands or making physical contact.

Proper ventilation: In move settings when available, we request that our customers open outside doors and/or windows to increase air circulation. All of the above will be effective immediately and remain in place until April 20th, until we can reassess the situation and make further announcements. We strive to continue to practice CDC/ Federal / State/ WHO (World Health Organization) guidelines for health and safety to prevent contagion in our community.

Thank you, Homegrown Moving

What are the types of moving estimates?

In the world of professional moving, there is this word that gets thrown around constantly. Estimate. There are several types of moving estimates, which fall into one of the three categories. If you are looking into Colorado Springs Movers, you will need to know how to differentiate between them. After all, the type of estimate can influence quite a bit. It can literally make the difference of you paying a lot more for your move than what you originally expected. We will be going over the different types of estimates, their pros, cons, and will ultimately let you know what is the best of the lot.

Things you need to know about 3 types of moving estimates

First of all, the estimates themselves. Here are the three main categories of estimates:

  1. Non-binding estimate
  2. Binding estimate
  3. Binding not-to-exceed estimate
There are three types of moving estimates – Non-binding, binding, and binding not-to-exceed estimate!

Non-binding estimate

First on our list is a non-binding estimate. This is the worst of the lot as it does not provide you with anything tangible. Consider this estimate to be a framework of sorts. Its main benefit is that you can get it quickly and usually without anyone coming over to your place. This estimate will have a default in most factors such as the number of items, size, and weight of those items and similar. This is something that you can get with minimal input on your part. You can even get such an estimate via the online estimate calculator if you so wish. That is how binding (or non-binding) these estimates are.

Usually, you will get this estimate via e-mail or over the phone. As estimates are based mostly on weight, you can’t get a proper estimate if you don’t have someone over to properly measure everything. You can also figure out the weight of your items before you make the call if you want a more accurate estimate. If you provide the moving company with the exact weight of your items, their estimates will be a lot closer to the actual mark.

So, to summarize: a non-binding estimate is only for informational purposes. It will tell you approximately how much you move will cost, with most of the default factors. It is usually a good indication but can sometimes be wildly inaccurate, due to other circumstances. Never sign a moving contract based on a non-binding estimate only.

Binding estimate

The older sibling of the non-binding estimate is the binding estimate. When you receive this document, it will entail how much your move will cost. There can still be additional costs but those fall in the “unexpected circumstances” territory. Such as an elephant falling out of the sky and damaging the road so the trip is 20. miles longer, for example. Jokes aside, a binding estimate is as almost as good as it gets as it is a contract on its own, which lists how much the move will cost.

If your local movers CO offered you a binding estimate, that will be the amount you are going to pay at the end, 99% of the time. The only issue with this type of estimate is that if you find yourself needing to transport fewer items, you will still need to pay the cost that is in the estimate. It is binding for both parties, after all.

One of the most accurate ones – bunding estimate!

A binding estimate is an industry staple and is something that you will want in your possession prior to the relocation. If you agree with the costs presented therein, you are safe to sign a moving contract that is based on a binding estimate. That does not mean that you don’t need to read the contract in full, just that the binding estimate is a good start.

Binding not-to-exceed estimate

Finally, there is the binding not-to-exceed estimate. This is a particularly interesting type of estimate, as it guarantees that your moving costs will not go over a certain amount. Regardless of what happens, the maximum amount of money that you will need to pay will not exceed what is on the estimate itself. This estimate is most popular when it comes to long-distance relocations, due to the variable nature of such moves. Just make sure to add acquiring it to your long-distance moving checklist, lest you forget among all the chaos that you might be in.

You want to have as many sureties as you can when performing an interstate move. You will also have the added benefit of paying less if you decide to transport fewer items. That is the main draw of this particular estimate type. Less weight at the end = you pay less. If you have more weight, you will pay the amount previously agreed upon. However, that does not mean that you can simply add more items to the truck after you’re done estimating.

The whole weight safety of this estimate has to do with the original amount of items. If you add more items, you will need to talk to your moving company as that is a breach of contract. You may need to negotiate a new estimate. Or your movers might simply decide that it is alright and still stick by the old estimate. It all depends on what exactly you plan to add to the shipment, really. It is not the same if you are adding a toaster or another living room.

Which one is the best among the types of moving estimates?

Once you know the specifics of all of the estimates, it is not that hard to figure out which is the “best” one. A binding not-to-exceed estimate is the best for the customer as it provides the most benefits without any drawbacks. However, moving companies are reluctant to hand out these estimates in a short amount of time. If you just need a frame to work around with, a non-binding estimate can also be a good choice as you are able to get it in the shortest amount of time. Finally, there is nothing wrong with a binding estimate but it is inferior to the not-to-exceed one.

analysis of dfferent types of moving estimates
A binding not-to-exceed estimate provides the most benefits without any drawbacks.

Ready to move – Contact your professional mover!

Once you are ready to take the plunge, once you have all the information in hand, all that is left to do is to contact your movers and set up the relocation! You can also ask them about the types of moving estimates or services that they offer. They will be happy to get your call!

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