Understanding your moving estimate is an important step in the process.  You want to make sure that when you get your moving estimate, you understand how the mover is costing it out.  Is it time and materials or is it weight-based?  In any event, you want to make sure you understand how they came up with the figures so that you can compare the estimates correctly.  Don’t be afraid to ask questions or get more details.  It is vital that you take the time to understand everything to avoid any miscommunication or surprises later.  

In addition to understanding your estimate, take the time to understand any regulations in your state with regards to estimates.  In some states there are additional regulations that can help you.  For example, where I live in Colorado actual costs can not exceed 10% of the estimate.  Therefore, you want to educate yourself on what is standard and what regulations apply to you.

When you review your estimate, look for insurance, packing charges, unpacking charges, loading and unloading charges.  Understand what is included and how it was derived.  This way you can compare each quote.  You want to make sure that you compare apples to apples.  If there are additional charges included in one estimate but not in another estimate, ask why.  It is important to clarify these potential charges ahead of time to ensure you have everything accounted for at the start.  This is especially important if you are moving out of state or out of the country.  There are additional regulations and charges that may affect you.  Therefore, do you research and ask questions.  Educating yourself ahead of time will save you frustration and money later.