When you're planning to move from one home to another, you must do your best to plan for anything. One thing to consider as you get your finances in order is the possibility of some additional fees that could be charged by the moving service that you've hired. These additional fees could catch you off-guard if you aren't prepared for them. Here, you will learn what could end up costing you a little more than you had thought.
Type of Belongings
Take a look around your house and think about what it will take to move everything. If you have large, heavy, awkward items that will need to be moved, chances are, there will be an additional fee for moving them.
Things like slate pool tables, pianos, hot tubs – anything that is excessively heavy, will need disassembled, or very difficult to maneuver through your home, down stairs and into a moving truck could come with an additional moving fee.
Tip: You may be able to avoid an additional fee if you do the disassembling yourself.
Location of Either Home
The location of the two homes could cost you a little extra. If the homes:
- Don't have street access that's level – Flights of stairs could cause an increase in costs.
- No direct access to the home – If the moving truck cannot be parked directly in front of or behind the homes, the movers will have to carry your belongings a further distance and could charge you an additional fee.
- Narrow streets – If the moving truck cannot get through the narrow streets, more work will go into getting the truck loaded. They will either need to carry the stuff or use smaller trucks transport the items from your home to the larger truck. This will surely come with an additional fee.
Check with your homeowners or renters insurance company to learn if the contents of the moving trucks will be covered while it's being transported. If not, you will need to purchase insurance to protect your things from damage or loss during the move. This insurance is oftentimes offered through the moving company or as a rider on your existing insurance policy.
Talk with your local moving companies, like Checkmate Moving & Storage, to learn what fees you can expect when the time comes to move. Be sure to disclose the positioning of both properties, the types of belongings that you have and anything else that you think could cause the movers more work which could increase the cost.