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You’ve hired a mover, packed your stuff, loaded into trucks and moved to your new address. Everything is going exactly as you planned; expect your mover suddenly demands a sum of money more than they quoted you. What a nightmare you have!
Even many legitimate companies might not spill all the costs unless you ask. To help you avoid these unexpected moving expenses that could drain your budget, we have listed below hidden costs and fees. Read on carefully to have a smoother move.
Hidden Moving Expenses
Surcharged for Bulky Items
It is one of the most commonly missed moving costs because people usually avoid admitting they have heavy items to transport. Items like piano, bike, lawn mowers and wall units that take up a lot of space in the moving truck cost extra. So, don’t forget to survey your belonging to check if something is heavier or bulkier. Don’t forget to ask your movers if they’ll charge extra for that.
The cost of packing supplies like tapes, scissors, boxes, may or may not be included in the final estimate. Most of the companies decline that the cost of moving supplies is included in the final cost. It may come as a surprise expense and is very frequent. We warn you to read the quote carefully to know what’s included and what’s not. Also, you can buy moving supplies at a significantly lower price from somewhere else.
When you sign an agreement with the moving company, it may come with a minimal insurance to protect you in the event of theft or damage. But many times, the total amount of valuation coverage may not compensate the actual value of the damage. Many companies also provide Full Value Protection that guarantees replacement valuation for damage of loss. Keep in mind, purchasing insurance costs extra, and it depends on the declared value of your belongings and reputation of the company.
Stairs or Long Carry Fees
Some companies charge extra for carrying items up to the stairs. They also charge additional if the new location is very far. To combat this, ask your moving company in advance if they would charge extra for stairs and long distance. You can minimize these costs by bringing all your packed and unpacked items outside of your home on the day of the move.
Though these charges are inevitable in many cases, you can prepare yourself beforehand, so that they don’t appear on your bills all of a sudden.
You may need to pay elevator charges, especially when you hire movers on an hourly basis.
Moving Cancellation Charges
You may have canceled your plan to move, or you may want to change your mover preference. In this case, you have to pay moving cancellation policy. Every company has its cancellation policy. Companies set these charges by notice period. So, make sure you know this in advance because you may need to postpone or cancel the booking for any reason.
The best way to avoid these hidden expenses is to read your contract with your eyes wide open. Armed with this knowledge, you will find yourself saving a good deal on your move.
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