There are many additional services that can be requested that are not part of a standard move. ??There are also services that are standard with some companies, but an extra charge for other moving companies. ??Additional services needed at the drop off that were not were not listed on your original quote, will always add to your bill. ??For example: Your move was based on moving to a ground level, but your new apartment is on the third floor. ??Reputable moving companies will make your quote as accurate as possible, but if you change your conditions, you have changed your own quote price.
Most reputable moving companies will have included in your quote price, the moving truck, arrival fee, and standard disassembly and reassembly. ??For example: taking mirrors off dressers disassemble/reassemble headboards and footboards, disassemble/reassemble washer/dryers, and hutches off china cabinets et cetera.
Complex disassembly of unique items and specialty items normally will cost more, but this too will be in your quote if you had an in-home estimate or reviewed the unique services that you required with the company. ??Any unique services should be detailed on your written quote. ??Some examples: grand pianos, oversized glass tops, custom build entertainment centers, crating 9ft. sailfish, chandeliers et cetera. ??If you think you may own an item that is beyond standard, ask. ??Avoid any surprises on move day, both for you and the movers.
Auto and boat transport is also available with most moving companies with advanced notice.
All moving trucks should be equipped with basic tools, ample moving blankets, four wheel dolly, appliance dolly, box dolly, rubber furniture bands, straps and shrink wrap. ??Floor plastic and door covers are standard with some movers, not available, or an extra charge with other movers. ??You need to ask what is included in your move quote.
A word of caution about hourly quotes that advertise ???no charge for stairs, long walks, and shrink wrap.??? ??While no charge may be technically true, long walks and stairs dramatically add to the amount of time an hourly crew will take, hence adding to the total cost. ??Hourly crews also run up the clock shrink wrapping everything for ???free???.
An additional service that can be a lifesaver, is short notice storage. ??If the unexpected happens, your closing is delayed or your house is not ready to move in, know what storage options your moving company may offer. ??A full service moving company can get you out of a jam with a last minute storage solution.
The only way to accurately compare moving quotes is to know what is standard and what is extra. ??The better the moving company, the more that is considered standard.