Moving To A City Condo? 5 Hidden Moving Costs And How To Avoid Them

If you're moving to a city center condo, you're probably thinking about how much stuff you can take with you, but it's also useful to think about the overall cost of moving. If you've set aside a fixed budget for moving costs, it's important to make sure you don't find yourself facing a sudden plethora of unexpected fees. If you want to save money on moving costs, consider the five following hidden fees, and how you can avoid them.

Long carry fees           

In a city center, your moving company may find it difficult to get to your new apartment, and it's often particularly tricky to park safely and legally close to the main entrance, due to traffic or road restrictions. In some cases, the moving company may charge you a long carry fee to cover the time and effort it takes to carry your possessions from the truck to your new building entrance.

Talk to the condo building manager ahead of your moving day, and find out if it's possible to reserve some space in front of the building. For large trucks, you may need to get permission from the local authorities, but it's worth the effort if you can save time and avoid unwanted fees.

Elevator fees

An elevator saves the time and effort of carrying your stuff up a staircase, but the moving company may still charge you a one-off fee to cover the time and effort of loading and unloading. See if you can get the moving company to waive the fee by offering to help with some of the work, or simply agree to build this cost into the overall quote. Make sure you reserve the elevator with the building manager on the moving day too, or it could take longer to move in.

Cancellation fee

Suburban areas are less likely to suffer access problems that could result in an unwanted delay or cancellation. For example, in a city center, scheduled road work can lead to closures or diversions, which could make it impossible for your moving company to get to your new property.

Plan ahead. Talk to the planning department in advance, and make sure there is no scheduled work on the day of your move. For complete peace of mind, take out home removals insurance, which will protect you from the cost of any delays and cancellations.

Disposal fee

Most cities now have strict rules and regulations about household trash and recycling, and residents must dispose of their waste carefully and responsibly. For example, in New York City, street monitors hand out thousands of tickets per year to people who get rid of their household waste in the city's trash cans. As such, it's important to carefully dispose of any rubbish your house move creates, including unwanted packaging and empty boxes.

Some moving companies will offer to take away this trash for you, but they may still charge you a disposal fee. Make sure you know if the company is going to charge you, before they load up the truck and take everything away. To avoid the fee, find out about the recycling and trash collection facilities in your neighborhood, and make plans to get rid of the waste yourself.

Hoisting fee

It's often difficult to move large, unwieldy items into a new apartment, and the moving company may sometimes need to hoist the item into the apartment through a window. Moving companies will almost certainly charge an extra fee for arranging this service.

Negotiate the cost of this work as part of the total moving charge, and see if you can arrange a discount. You may find it cheaper to contact a specialist company to do this part of the move for you, or, if you really don't want to spend the money, you may simply decide not to take the large item with you.

If you want to keep the total cost of moving down, it's important to work out exactly what you are paying for. Plan in advance, and make sure you don't pay out any unnecessary fees. 

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