6 Moving Expenses You May Not Have Considered
Before you get a quote from a moving company for your upcoming move, one highly rated Moving Company, Secure Movers shares Six expenses you may not have considered.
When people realize they have to move, they normally begin by going online to get a few moving quotes. Most companies will offer you a free quote, so it’s great to take advantage of this tool. However, you should keep in mind that these quotes will only give you an approximation of your total moving cost. Make sure you check to see if they charge by the hour or offer flat rates.
In order to get a better idea about how much your move will cost, you should always speak with a representative from the moving company you want to hire. Factors like those mentioned below are normally not included in quoting costs unless you directly specify with a customer service rep.
1. Extra weight
Many moving companies base their quote on the weight of the shipment, but this means that the quote’s accuracy is reliant upon your weight estimate. If the movers pick up your items and they appear to weigh much more than stated in the quote, then the company will issue a re-weigh. In most cases this will cause your price to increase depending on how many pounds your weight estimate is lower than the actual weight.
Be upfront with your moving company and tell them about stairs located in your complex or home. If you neglect to tell movers that you live on the 5th floor with no elevator access they may charge you as much as $50 to $75 per flight of stairs! On most occasions stairs require additional movers and labor hours. This is not considered a “hidden fee,” but it is something you should ask about and be aware of.
3. Not tractor-trailer accessible
If you have a long driveway or if your home sits on a main road with nowhere for a tractor-trailer to park, then the moving company needs to know. The driver will have to accommodate your location—be aware this could result in an extra charge. Find out more information about how the mover handles these situations. For instance, some moves actually end up using a shuttle to bring items into/out of your home.
4. Specific time frame
If you need your items delivered within a very specific time frame (less than a four-hour window), expect the Moving Company to charge you an extra fee. Again, prior to the work being done, ask about the cost for such a request.
5. Box/crate fees
When the drivers arrive, make sure you have followed the company’s directions. If you’re supposed to have an item boxed or crated and it is not, you will be charged for the movers to box or crate the item(s). Crating or professional packing can cost a few hundred dollars extra, so have your items packed and ready to go before the movers arrive.
Some companies will try to add hidden fees to your bill. Protect yourself by knowing what factors can add to your total cost. Make it your job to ask questions about potential extra charges and know exactly what you will be getting yourself, and your bank account, into!
6. Watch Out for Hidden Moving Fees
This is a post from a customer who used a local Moving Company.
I used a company that charged me $6 for every roll of tape that they used. So they would drape my furniture in a padded moving tarp and then tape around the tarp to keep it on. Most reputable movers use bungees. These guys would use 2 or 3 rolls of tape on each piece of furniture. And any time they didn’t finish a roll, they’d throw it on the ground and get a new roll for the next piece of furniture. At the end of the day, they had gone through over 25 rolls of tape. When we went back to our old place to clean up, we found about 10, barely used rolls of tape. They also charged us for stairs when they said they wouldn’t. They also charged us for gas and tolls to come to, and go home from, our place (which they didn’t include in their quote). While moving, they asked if I wanted them to pack up this tiny mirror for my vanity table (it’s maybe 18″x12″). I thought they meant cover it in padding, so I said yes. They ended up using the biggest box they had to pack this tiny mirror that I could have put in my purse. The box was easily 4’x5’x3″ and it ended up costing me $200 (plus however many additional rolls of tape). And all they did was throw it into the box. They didn’t put packing peanuts or cover it in padding. It could have just as easily broken inside the stupid box. Definitely ask ahead of time for a copy of their standard contract so you can go over it, because I had asked these people for all their fees before I booked them and it still didn’t save me. Our final price ended up being over twice our quote even though it took the movers half the time expected to move us. And don’t let your movers pack anything!