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    So, I have selected a company for my move, and I have read a lot about a binding and non binding contracts. I was looking over mine, and it says Non-Binding/Binding estimate. Any clue what that means???
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    There are two types of moving estimates or quotes that a mover can provide: Binding and Non-Binding, with two sub-types of Binding Estimates. Here, we're going to tackle the binding estimate and look at its rules.

    The very best option of all binding and non-binding estimates, is the Binding Not-To-Exceed estimate. This means that if the actual weight of your shipment is more than the written estimate, you still pay the amount quoted; however, if the actual weight is less than the written estimate, you pay the lesser amount. If you ask for a binding not-to-exceed estimate, you'll never pay a higher price than what's on the estimate. In fact, you're price can only go lower. Whenever you get an estimate, always ask for a binding not-to-exceed.

    A Binding estimate simply means that the price quoted in the estimate is the amount you pay, even if your shipment weighs more than the estimated amount or less than the estimated amount. Unlike a non-binding estimate, the moving company may charge you for this service.

    The following rules come from the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Association (FMCSA) and must be observed by your moving company when preparing and implementing a binding estimate:

    * The binding estimate must accurately describe the shipment and all the services the company will provide. If you asked the moving company to provide additional services, such as long carry charges, shuttle service or flight charges, the company must bill you separately for these charges following your move. At the time of delivery, the moving company cannot charge you more than the amount of the binding estimate.

    * A binding estimate must be in writing, and a copy must be given to you before you move.

    * If you agree to a binding estimate, you must pay the amount due by cash, certified check, money order, or cashier's check, at the time of delivery. Your mover can agree to payment prior to moving or to extend credit or to accept a credit card. This is up to the moving company. If you can't pay the mover upon delivery, the company will place your belongings * in storage until you can pay the binding estimate. The storage fees are your responsibility and you will be charged.

    * Your mover must retain a copy of the binding estimate and attach it to the bill of lading.

    * The moving company must clearly state that the estimate is binding to you and your mover. Each binding estimate must also clearly state that the charges are only for services outlined in the estimate.

    * Before loading your household goods, if the moving company thinks you have additional belongings not stated in the estimate, the mover can refuse you service. Make sure everything you need to move is clearly outlined in the estimate. If you need to add items, tell your mover so you can work out an agreement before they start to load your shipment.

    * Once the moving company agrees to move your belongings, they must either reaffirm the binding estimate, negotiate a revised written binding estimate listing the additional household goods or services or add an attachment to the contract, in writing, stating you both will consider the original binding estimate as a non-binding estimate. Again, avoid any "add-ons" if you can. It can lead to a higher-priced move and could result in not having a mover on moving day.

    * Once your mover loads all your household belongings, they have agreed to the binding estimate and no changes can be made or additional costs added, with the exception of agreed upon additional services and charges. As stated earlier, these additional charges must be billed after the shipment is delivered. Only the binding estimate can be charged upon delivery.

    Moving companies that provide quotes, such as a non-binding estimates which tend to be more common than binding estimates, should be contacted for direct pricing. Just like binding estimates, non-binding follow specific rules and regulations outlined by the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Association (FMCSA). Here's a highlight:

    * First, a moving company cannot charge you for a non-binding estimate or quote. It is not a bid or contract. It is provided as an estimated cost of your move and does not bind your mover to this price. In most cases, your final cost will be more than the estimate, unless otherwise stated. The final cost must be in accordance with your mover's tariffs. Federal law requires your mover to collect the charges shown in its tariffs, regardless of what is written in the non-binding estimate.

    * Non-binding estimates must be in writing and must accurately describe the shipment and all the services provided. The charges must be on the service order and the bill of lading.

    * Don't sign or accept the service order or bill of lading unless the mover indicates the amount estimated on each form.

    * Your mover must provide reasonably accurate non-binding estimates based on an estimated weight of the shipment and the services you and the company think are required.

    * The moving company must retain a copy of the non-binding estimate and attach it to the bill of lading.

    * Your mover must indicate in the non-binding estimate that the estimate is not binding and that the costs shown are approximate charges.

    * Your mover must clearly describe the entire shipment and all services they will provide.

    * Before loading your household goods, if the moving company thinks you have additional belongings not stated in the non-binding estimate, the mover can refuse you service. Make sure everything you need to move is clearly outlined in the estimate. If you need to add items, tell your mover so you can work out an agreement before they start to load your shipment.

    * Your mover may not collect more than 110 percent of the amount of this estimate upon arrival.

    * If your mover thinks additional services are needed to properly complete your shipment, after your household goods have been loaded, they must tell you what the additional services are before they act on them. You must be given one hour to decide if you want the additional services. If these services do not appear on your mover's non-binding estimate, your mover must deliver your shipment and bill you later for the additional services.

    * If you add additional services after your belongings have been loaded, you will be billed after the move for these services.

    * And finally, your mover must retain a record of all estimates of charges for each move performed for at least one year from the date your mover made the estimate.

    For more information on binding estimates, contact FMCSA Information Line at 1-800-832-5660.

    From http://moving.about.com/od/hiringamo...ng_estimat.htm
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    there is a huge thing right now with movers and scams-

    they are picking up your stuff giving you a "quote" you agreeing to it- and then when it is time to deliver are charging sometimes double what the estimate was-
    before doing anything call the BBB bureau and check out this website: http://www.movingscam.com/blackList.shtml
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    Quote Originally Posted by gunsgirl View Post
    there is a huge thing right now with movers and scams-

    they are picking up your stuff giving you a "quote" you agreeing to it- and then when it is time to deliver are charging sometimes double what the estimate was-
    before doing anything call the BBB bureau and check out this website: http://www.movingscam.com/blackList.shtml
    I happened to see a story about that on MSNBC when I was just being bored. I couldnt acess the black list, so thanks for the link. The company Im using isnt on there, and I checked them out with the BBB, and they had a couple few negative responses but you cant please everyone. There were a lot more recommending the company. I was just confused when she emailed me my estimate and its said Non-Binding/Binding. I thought it was either or.
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