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Um, hi. I’m trying to get an estimate on a small move.
— Where from?
— New Orleans.
— And to?
— Southern California.
— How small a move?
— I’m in a small one-bedroom, but it’s really sparsely furnished. So not much stuff at all. Like I’m not even taking my bed, right.
— I’ve used some online inventories and they estimate that my stuff would come in at around 1500 pounds.
— Let’s say 1700, to be safe.
— So, if that’s 1700 pounds… and roughly 1800 miles… let’s say 1850 to be safe… and if we add the origin… [inaudible mumbling, backed up by the sound of an adding machine]… and destination… and [inaudible, followed by much production from the adding machine]… it comes to right about $1700.
— Okay, 1700. That’s based on the weight, right? So what if my stuff actually weighs more, or less?
— Oh. No. This is a binding estimate.
— Based on…? I mean, you haven’t seen my stuff.
— Yeah, but I’m giving you the TPG rate. I could give you the 400N, sure, and then we could deal with the actual weight, but then I wouldn’t really be free to discount the price.
— Mm-hm. And in terms of insurance…?
— The price includes a valuation of 70 cents per pound per article. You can buy more if you want more, up to $2.50 per pound per article. Or you can get replacement coverage, up to $10,000, for $264 for no deductible, or $60 for a $500 deductible.
— And what are your windows like for pickup and dropoff?
— We’ve got a three-day pickup spread. And then there’s a five-day transit time. So counting the actual day of pickup as day 1, the dropoff window begins on day 6 and extends to day 18.
— Uh-huh. Great. That’s what I needed to know.
— Call us back when you’re ready to get this started.
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