No Surprises When Paying for a Moving Service

Posted on: 25 March 2022

Moving comes with all sorts of stress triggers. Not only is your life going to change soon, but you also have to deal with the expenses associated with the transition into your new home. Knowing what to expect when hiring movers to help will help eliminate the added stress of charges that you weren't expecting. Here, you'll find a bit of information that can help you understand the extra fees that may be added to the cost of the move.

Accessibility of the Property

Not every home is located in an area where a moving truck can pull right into the driveway or up to the front door. A few examples that may impact the cost of your move include:

  1. Narrow Streets or Low Wires – If the moving truck cannot maneuver down the street or find a safe place to turn around, there may be an additional fee. This fee would likely cover the cost of bringing in smaller trucks to load and unload into a larger truck parked nearby.
  2. Distance to Home from Parking – If the movers have to transport your belongings an unreasonable distance to reach the truck, there may be a fee to cover the extra labor and time it will take to get the job done.
  3. Stairs – In most cases, stairs will not mean an additional fee, but if there are several flights of stairs and no elevator service, the extra fee may be required.

Types of Belongings

The contents of your home could cause an extra fee to be tacked on. Things like pianos, pool tables, hot tubs: extraordinarily heavy or difficult to move items, could increase the cost of the move.

Fragile and valuable items may also come with an added fee – this fee is commonly used to cover the cost of wrapping and extra care that must go into moving and securing the item in the truck for transport.

If items in the home need to be disassembled before they are moved, a fee will be attached. To save on this fee, you can disassemble the items prior to the movers arriving.


Many moving companies offer insurance through them, or a service with which they work. However, if you have homeowners or renters insurance, you may already be covered. In some cases, you may need to add a bit of coverage to protect higher-value items.

Talk with your moving professional about any fees that may be added to the general price quote. He or she will work with you to find the best service to meet your needs on your budget.