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Understanding The Hidden Costs Of Moving Companies

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Hidden costs are common in all walks of life today, and so it is in a move. You need to be aware of all those situations where the movers can charge you extra even if you are not informed about it. It is imperative that you know the conditions of your move. Listed below are some of the hidden costs that moving companies can charge you during a move – beware of these…

Packing Supplies – check the moving quote for this, remember that if it is not part of the estimate, you will have to pay extra for those packing supplies
Moving Bulky Items – Large and bulky items are levied additional charge by movers – ensure that you get these listed while getting the estimate
Hoisting charges – Not all goods will be able to go through that front door – those that need to be dismantled, removed and put together will cost you extra
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Elevator charges – If you do not manage to block an elevator entirely for the move if you happen to move to a multi storied building, then you may have to shell out on elevator fee
Additional stops are charged extra – If you want the truck to make additional stops than the planned ones, you will be charged extra
Long Carry fee – This is charged when the truck cannot be parked near the door and the movers are required to carry the goods a long distance to upload / unload.
Express Delivery – If you want your goods to be delivered quicker than the usual time, you need to pay extra
Cancelling the move – If for some reason, you are cancelling the move, you will be required to pay a certain amount as cancelling fee

Tips For Packing Heavy Items

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Heavy items can make you feel lost while relocating. It is important that you pack it right if you do not planning to hire packing services. Here is how you do it – simple and effective…

Get the necessary packing materials
Wrap the item well in the packing materials thus obtained
Place those items in a sturdy cardboard box that is capable of holding its weight
Ensure you fill in the empty space in the box with pieces of cardboard, packing peanuts or bubble wraps
Place this box in another sturdy box that is an inch or two bigger
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Ensure you give proper padding and support for the original packing box
For fragile items, mark on the outer box as to which is the right side up
Ensure that weight distribution is equal – place the heaviest items in the center to ensure that the box doesn’t tilt due to the weight on one side
Don’t make heavy boxes as it poses health risks to whomsoever lifts it
It is imperative that you use professional packers for those items that weigh more than 150 lbs