The first thing people do when they decide to move is get a cost estimate from various packing and moving services. The problem some people run into is expecting the quote to be the final price without considering other circumstances that could adjust the cost. Online cost estimates are meant to be very rough estimates, so the best way to get the most accurate estimate is usually by speaking with a representative at the respective company. Here are some of the extra fees you may be responsible for, but may not show up in your online quote.
Crate or Box Fees
All home moving companies will provide you with guidelines to follow before, during and after the move. One of them may be boxing or crating certain items. If these specific items are not boxed up prior to the movers arriving, then you may be charged a couple hundred dollars for the movers to do it themselves. Be sure you’re clear about which items need to be boxed up before the movers arrive so you can avoid these fees.
The weight of your items play a big part in estimating the cost of your move. While it may be difficult to be exact on the weight of each item, most packing and moving services will understand there will be a bit of a difference. The only time you could run into some extra fees is if the weight stated in your estimate is significantly less than the actual weight of your items.
Stairs in The Home or Complex
If your home or complex has stairs, you need to state this clearly when providing information to get a quote. This goes for getting an office relocation quote as well. Every moving company charges extra for having to move items up and down stairs, so knowing this cost upfront will provide you a more accurate estimate. The alternative is not informing them and getting surprised when a few hundred dollars are added on at the end of the move.
Time Frame For Completing The Job
Depending on the location you’re moving to and the amount of items you have, companies will estimate a time frame in which they can complete the job. If you need your belongings moved in more of a specific time frame, then there’s a chance you’ll be charged for it. Again, stating this in your initial request for a cost estimate can help home moving companies provide a more accurate quote.
Not Easily Accessible Location
Home moving companies use large trucks and trailers to load up and transport items. If your home or complex does not have sufficient space for them to park their standard modes of transportation, then alternative arrangements will be needed. These moving companies can accommodate any situation, but you’ll need to let them know about the location upfront.
Shetler Moving & Storage, Inc. can accommodate any moving requests. Whether you’re moving homes down the street or doing a major office relocation, we have the resources to move your belongings safely and timely. And since we are part of the Atlas Van Lines network, reliability is guaranteed. Be sure to contact us to get your free moving quote and take into consideration these key points in order to receive the most accurate estimate.