Extra or Hidden Charges when Hiring Movers

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The moving process has never been easy, so, understandably, you turn to choosing a moving company for help. When you choose a mover pay attention not only to nice pictures on their site or polite manager but also pay attention to hidden fees. Some companies have hidden fees that you won’t know about until moving day – inquire about them. Find out about any extra fees that may be added at a later time.

So, when you are ready to book, ask your mover if you may soon come across some additional moving costs you never expected in the first place. It’s no secret that some moving companies can drain your budget fast, so read our article to be prepared for any unpleasant financial surprises during the move. From stair fees to parking tickets, here are 10 hidden costs you should know about before moving day.

Packing Supplies and Materials

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We recommend trusting your movers and let them do packing for you. Professional movers were specially trained to pack fragile and delicate items for safe relocation. Arriving at your home, the moving crew has all the necessary supplies to provide you with full-packing service. Using the right packing materials will also have a significant impact on the condition of items once it arrives to its new destination. So, if you are moving with hourly pay, you will be proposed to use packing service, which of course has to be paid additionally. Ask your movers about prices in packing services before they start.

But if you’re packing yourself, don’t forget that you’ll need to invest in supplies like bubble wrap, tape, and boxes. Since there are plenty of packing materials out there that range in price and quality. These items will of course increase your moving cost, but they willhelp in the long run.

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Stair Fees 

If you’re moving into a building without an elevator, you might be charged a stair fee. Many moving companies charge extra money if they have to lug your items up a stairwell instead of just sticking them in an elevator. Even if your building has an elevator, but if it’s not working on the day of your move, the moving company might still charge you a fee.

Fees for moving especially large items

If you want to relocate any especially large items like a piano, a pool table, a big armoire, etc., you might be hit with a fee for moving a bulky item or especially large item. Make sure your movers know about that in advance.

To avoid these unexpected charges, you could request a Free visual estimate. If you are moving long-distance or moving locally, but you have a lot of stuff, as usual, a moving company will offer you a Visual Estimate. The manager of the moving company will come to your apartment and inspect to see how much stuff you have before your move, and if you have especially large items. Visual Estimate allows customers to know the exact cost of the move. That way, when moving day comes, movers will know exactly what they’re going to be packing and transporting, and customers will understand the final cost of the move. 

Parking tickets

If you’re moving to a city, you might wind up paying for a parking ticket. Sometimes moving companies can charge you for the ticket your movers, if they get one parking in an illegal spot or parking in the same spot for too long. Hiring, not reputable movers, figure out parking before moving day and get a permit if needed.

We recommend you to trust reliable top-rated moving companies for easy and convenient relocation, where a move will be planned out to the smallest detail by the manager of your moving company, starting from parking issues and ending with a flat rate moving price, which will not change under any circumstances. 

Move cancellation fee

The cancellation fee is one of the most common hidden moving costs. Of course, your relocation plans may have changed or you may have decided to go with another moving company. But beware, because every moving company has its cancellation policy, and cancellation booked move may cost you extra money. Make sure you got all information about the move cancellation policy of your moving company and understand its terms to avoid the extra moving expense.

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Long Carry Charge

One of the hidden moving expenses is the long carry fee. You will have to pay long carry fee if you movers won’ have the ability to park the truck close to the entrance of your home. It is hard to rely on free parking spots in big cities like New York, for example. To avoid it, see if there is a way to reserve a parking spot for the moving truck.

Fee for disassembly and re-assembly of furniture

Furniture movers can extra charge you for disassembling large pieces of furniture in your current home and later reassembling those pieces in the new house or apartment. You may not even be aware that furniture like wardrobes, desks will often need to be taken apart to be wrapped up easily and transported safely.

Gas for the moving truck

Some moving companies to give you a cheap price don’t include the cost of gas for the moving truck in your estimate cost. That’s why be sure you clear understand on what is and isn’t covered for the truck.

Storage In Transit

If you schedule a same-day pickup and delivery move but for some reason you are unable to receive the shipment at your new apartments, the moving company can charge you for store your belongings “in transit” until you can access your new home for delivery.  As usual charges will be assessed on an hourly basis, and then will charge an additional fee for redelivery on another day. 

Extra charges for weekend or last-minute moves

Moving companies have to plan ahead their schedule, so if you need to move right now, you can expect to pay more for it. when scheduling your move, try to do it in advance 2-3 weeks to get the usual rates and no to be charged for the las minute moving.

Choosing a moving company

When it comes to choosing a moving company, a lot of people make the mistake of trying to save money. Cheap movers can cost you more. Movers are expensive for a reason. Choose a moving company in the right way by reading online reviews, talking to the manager of the moving company, and clear understanding all hidden fees for your upcoming move. Take care.

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