Hidden Moving Charges – How to Avoid or Minimize Them?
Time and again, you will hear of customers complaining about hidden moving charges. While such charges may be due to workings of unethical movers, they are at times legitimate as movers have to be compensated for the extra work needed that may not have been planned for.
Hence to avoid incurring extra charges, it is advisable to ensure that your movers provide a quote only after an onsite survey to ensure that they know the full requirements of the moving job at hand.
In addition to having an on-site survey, the following should be discussed before hiring the mover because they are common reasons why movers sometimes impose charges above the amounts initially quoted:
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If your house (whether old or new) has got a staircase, it is best make it known to the mover. From the perspective of the mover, the effort required to carrying items on a flat path versus through a staircase is very different. Thus movers are known to charge more where staircases are involved and therefore an open discussion prior to hiring will prevent future misunderstanding or unhappiness.
Unusual Distance or Inconvenient Location
If the movers have to carry your items manually for an unusually long distance from your house to the moving truck, they may impose extra charges as well. Hence things to look out for include narrow and long driveways which are inaccessible to the mover truck as well as apartment living on floors not accessible by lift. Because movers can have different practices, it is best to have such discussions early as well.
Unusually Heavy Items or Pieces That Cannot Fit into the Lift
Movers may also charge more for moving unusually heavy items as well. A good example is piano moving. Such charges are justified because when there are exceedingly heavy pieces involved, the movers may have to allocate more manpower just to get the job done.
Other than weight, it is advisable to take note of your bulky items as well, especially if you are living an apartment. Why? Because bulky pieces of furniture may not fit into the lift and may have to be carried via the stairs, thus possibly increasing moving cost.
Express Service or Hour of Shift
Some movers may impose surcharges for last minute express services or shift that take place outside of the normal hours. To avoid future misunderstanding, do sort this out as well.
Credit Card Charges
Another known area where extra charges may possible be levied is when credit card use is involved. If the mover you selected imposes such extra charge, simply consider using other payment means.
How to Avoid or Minimise Extra or Hidden Charges?
The best way to avoid or minimise such charges is to have such discussions prior to confirming the job with the mover. This way, you can bargain for a better price and if an agreement cannot be reached, have the option of appointing another company.
Why Use Movers Singapore?
Because our movers do an on-site survey before providing moving quotes, the incidence of unexpected charges surfacing is minimised.
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