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How to Avoid Unexpected Moving Charges

February 8th, 2013 - 10:51 AM

Avoiding Unexpected Charges When Moving

When planning your move, it’s important to get quotes and create a budget early on. While you’re doing this, there are some essential questions to ask and some important things to consider, to make certain you don’t get stuck with moving charge that you weren’t planning for. Today I’ll give you some quick tips to help keep your budget right on track.  

First, like I mentioned earlier, get moving quotes (starting with a U-Pack quote!) Once you have the price in writing, ask these questions:

  • What is NOT included in the price (fuel, sales tax, liability coverage, etc.)?
  • What if I need more space/weight than estimated on my quote?
  • What is the cancellation fee?
  • Is a down-payment or deposit required?

When you know the answers to those questions, consider these things:

Do you need boxes and supplies?
Getting boxes from the dumpster behind the grocery store may seem like the “cheap” way to do it, but it’s not ideal. If you want to protect your belongings (and who doesn’t), we highly recommend using boxes that were designed for moving. We recommend adding moving boxes and supplies into your budget. At the U-Pack Box Store, you can save on moving boxes and supplies —and we’ll ship them to your door before your move, absolutely free!

Do you need extra space?
U-Pack’s rates are based on the amount of space your shipment occupies in the trailer or the number of ReloCubes you use. So, if your belongings aren’t loaded well, your price can increase. Packing the trailer high and tight means your shipment takes up less space (and travels better). Take a look at U-Pack’s loading tips to make sure you make the best use of your space. If you need more space than you reserved, you can use more. Just add the per-foot adjustment rate included in your moving quote.

Does your move require more than one stop?
If you have stuff at your home and at a storage facility, and you are unable to consolidate it all to one location before moving day, it means an extra stop for the moving service. Make sure to make the moving service aware of the situation. An extra stop likely means additional charges.

Do you need expedited transit or a guaranteed delivery day?
Being flexible with your delivery day is a money-saver, but that’s not always an option. If you need your shipment rushed, or if you need it to arrive for unloading on a specific day, ask about adding Guaranteed Transit services to your move. U-Pack Guaranteed offers a 100% customer satisfaction guarantee.   

Does your move require storage?
If you won’t be ready to take delivery of your shipment when it arrives at the destination, ask about adding storage in transit, and be sure to add these charges into your moving budget.

Do you need help with loading and unloading?
While U-Pack is a “you pack, we drive” service, we know there are some customers who need help with the big stuff. U-Pack can recommend a solution that makes moving affordable for customers who hope to avoid the high prices charged by traditional full-services movers. If you need help with loading and unloading, make sure to ask about prices and add these charges into your moving budget.  

Do you want to increase your liability coverage?
U-Pack prices include standard liability coverage, but some people want to increase that coverage. You can view those charges and the cost to increase the coverage here. Regardless of who you use to move you, ask about liability coverage.

We think it’s extremely important to be prepared for any charges that could come up when you’re moving. Make sure to ask lots of questions, and always get it in writing. Are there any other unexpected charges you encountered during your move? Let us know in the comments!