A standard moving quote typically includes the estimated weight of your belongings, packing and unpacking charges, storage fees, transport costs, and insurance expenses. However, in most cases, the quote isn't exhaustive. Some expenses may come up during the relocation and hike the total bill. Planning for unexpected costs can save you from budget constraints during the process. Below are the costs and fees to account for when planning your residential relocation.
Most household appliances are easy to dismantle and move. However, some units require special removal services. For example, when relocating with a split air conditioning unit, you need to carefully disconnect the indoor and outdoor units for transportation. Washers, dryers, dishwashers, and gas appliances also need careful handling.
Your mover may not include the cost of disconnecting and removing these appliances in their quotation. Some movers don't even offer this service. Therefore, inquire about appliance removals before the moving day to avoid costly delays. If possible, ask your mover to do a walk-in and provide an accurate estimate for the service.
Specialized Handling Costs
Do you have any appliances that require special handling? Your mover may charge extra for handling bulky or fragile items. For example, a large hot tub requires specialized loading and offloading equipment. If you are moving with your hot tub, ask your mover about the handling costs. Other appliances that you may pay extra for include heavy artwork, bulky sculptures, oddly-shaped furniture, and sporting equipment.
Long Carry and Hoisting Fees
Long carry refers to a charge for moving items over a long distance between your house and the moving truck. The moving company will specify the distance that they will carry your items at no extra cost. Anything beyond this distance attracts a long carry charge. You may get a long carry charge on your bill if:
- You live in an apartment, and your mover can't find ample parking near the building
- There are obstructions between your house and the entry door
- Your driveway is too narrow or isn't able to handle the weight of a moving truck
Besides long carry charges, your mover may also charge hoisting fees. This charge applies to large furniture that can't fit through the stairs and hallways. Attempts to move things through the hallways can lead to costly damage to the valuables. Your removalist will lift the items through a window or balcony to save time, avoid accidents, and prevent damage.
Moving attracts various unexpected costs and charges. To learn more about relocating to a new home, contact local movers.