Every move can have its hidden moving costs. The reason is in your moving contract. If you take a careful look at it you will notice that movers can charge you extra under certain conditions of the move and for particular services, even if you are not informed about it. It is part of your duties before hiring a moving company to get to know the conditions under which it works and what hidden moving fees may be imposed on your relocation. You hold control of your move and it is up to you to protect yourself from unexpected charges which could take place.
The Hidden Costs Of Moving Out
Here is the list which will help make your move clearer for you.
- Packing supplies
This is one of the hidden moving costs. Make sure you understand entirely what is precisely included in your moving quote. It may not include the packing, for instance. And if you wish to have some or all of your household items packed by movers, they can charge you extra for that.
- Bulky items
If you have larger items that are bulky and large you may have to pay extra for their relocation. These could include pool tables and pianos, for example. In addition, if there is no elevator available, you will also be charged for every flight of stairs that the movers have to take.This is one of the hidden relocation costs you can avoid and/ or be prepared for.
- Hoisting fees
This is a fee, which is similar to the previous one. If you have items that cannot go through the door like large furniture, it may have to be dismantled to be moved or it can directly be moved out the window. In this case hoisting services are required. Have in mind that such services should be requested in advance. If the movers come and find out on the spot that you need hoisting services, you will have to wait for the equipment to arrive, and the move will take longer, not to mention the extra payment you’d have to make. So, measure your furniture in advance and take this decision before moving day. It will also help you plan your budget better.
- Elevator fee
You may have to pay an elevator fee. In some cases, if you’ve managed to reserve an elevator entirely for the time of the move with the building manager you may not have to pay it.
- Charges for extra stops
Extra stops or pic-ups are both charged extra. If you want more items to be picked up along the way or you want some things to be dropped off before reaching your moving destination, your moving costs will increase.
- Long carry fee
This fee could be applied if the movers cannot park their truck next to your door step. On the one hand, it could happen in bigger cities like New York, and on the other, if the doorway to your home is narrow or there are sheds blocking the truck’s way. In this way the movers may need to walk further to carry the boxes with your household goods or use another, smaller vehicle, which will cost you extra. One thing that you could do is reserve a parking spot for the truck in the city hall. Parking permits are paid and you can get them yourself or talk to the movers to provide one.
- Express delivery
If you want your items to be moved quicker you can discuss it with the moving company, and it may cost you extra. Short distance moves usually take less time than out of state relocation so if you want your items to be moved to another state within a few days, you may have to pay more for that.
- Cancelling the move
If you want to cancel the services you’ve requested from a moving company, there is a deadline for you to do that. Take a look at your contract to find out the exact conditions for it. Since you’ve paid a deposit for your move, the moving company has the right to a cancellation fee. Usually that happens if you call a few days before the moving day.
Hidden Moving Costs
As you can see, understanding your written estimate well and being informed about what your quote includes is crucial to knowing your moving budget well. The hidden costs of moving companies can be avoided and/ or controlled when you know about them. Some of them cannot be avoided when the circumstances are like so but when you do know in advance about them, you can plan more precisely your moving budget. Do you know more hidden costs of moving house? Make a comment and share what you know with us!