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When you ask for those estimates (call back!) you may find that some haulers can give you a discount of 30-40% *IF* you tell them that you can be flexible about the pickup and dropoff dates. Every hauler winds up with holes in their schedule, and if they can use your job to fill a hole...they are often willing to give you a break instead of letting the truck ride empty or idle.
You really want to be there to witness the loading and unloading though, too many things happen and someone you trust very very well needs to be there to sign off on the job at both ends--just in case there's damage.
Also, make sure everything is down, stowed, padded, and secured. Unsecured ports or hatches may literally blow off. Hanging lines will chafe. And you may get road rash on the bow, or at least a good coat of dirt. Folks seem split on that, either apply a heavy coat of wax (and don't buff it off) before it starts, so you can wash & wax remove it all after delivery, or some folks say to apply a heavy coat of soap, and just wash that off on delivery.
Either way, someone who knows what "oops" means should witness the loading an unloading, and get a WRITTEN committment from the company on the exact price, with no chance for "I'll need another $500 right now in cash" loopholes. There are plenty of reputable movers...But no one has found a sure way to keep out the scoundrels.