What are the hidden charges with removalists & how you can avoid them

Hiring removalists for your next move doesn’t have to be expensive. Believe it or not, it can be an inexpensive service that’s going to help you move safely and in a timely manner as well. One way you can cut the costs without cutting the experience is by understanding what the hidden fees are.

There are a lot of hidden fees that come with a removal service. Some people get surprised at the result of their bill because they weren’t informed of it ahead. If you want to be a smarter customer, then read on to find out what those fees are:

1. Timing

Timing is one of the most important hidden charges you need to worry about when it comes to removalists. The last thing you’d want on your plate is having your move scheduled at the last minute. The majority of removalists charge for emergency services but that’s understandable considering how complex these orders can be.

When it comes to scheduling your move, make sure you have it booked a few weeks in advance. As for the time, the cheapest moves happen during the weekend. The time of day isn’t usually important but you should at least go in the morning so that you have time to rest at night.

2. Distance

Another important factor in the final price is distance.

Here at Cairns Coast Removals, we can help you move locally in Cairns, Cairns to Brisbane, Cairns to Sydney, or any nearby interstate moves at an affordable price. However, if you want to move further, we’ll have to factor in some additional costs for the distance.

It’s impossible to avoid these distance fees. As such, we highly recommend talking to your service provider about it first. That way, you’re well aware of the final price of your move.

3. Inconvenient Locations

Moving interstate or from city to city isn’t usually a problem as the roads are well organized. However, if you’re moving to inconvenient locations such as those that are located in elevated places, then you might be getting an extra charge on your end.

You need to understand that if you’re moving to an inconvenient location, the removalists are going to have to take an extra step further just to help you move.

Again, make sure you note this as you are booking your move. The removalists will give you a quote of the final price with this included.

4. Special Services

One of the most important things you need to do when hiring a removalist is to tell them EVERYTHING they need to know about the move. These include whether you have heavy items that need to be moved or whether you have appliances or furniture that needs to be dismantled first.

From our experience, there are some customers that don’t tell us these beforehand. They ask us to unmount a TV for instance. These special services come at a cost. If you tell us ahead of time what you need to be done exactly, then we’ll be more than we can give you a clear upfront price without any surprises.

5. Packing Supplies

To make moving easier, removalists will often use boxes and other storage units to help organize your stuff in. If they are going to use some of these packing supplies, then you’re going to have to pay extra as well.

A good way to avoid these costs is by getting packing supplies yourself. If you have any spare boxes at home, then you can use them to pack your goods well. Just make sure that the boxes aren’t flimsy so that your items stay safe during the move.

6. Special Item Handling Fees

If you have large items like a piano, bed frames that can’t be fully disassembled, or even art pieces, then these are going to fall into the special item category. When removalists handle these types of items, they’re going to charge extra because they need to add extra care in handling them.

It’s very important that you disclose all of the items that you want to be moved. If you fail to do so, then you might be given extra charges for the items and you’ll be caught off-guard.

At the end of the day, it’s important that you review your contract well and that you study the price quotation in advance. At Cairns Coast Removals, we are more than happy to answer any questions you might have about your move.

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