Edmonton Moving Tips: 9 Hidden Moving Costs and Fees

We decided to create a complete list of all the unexpected moving expenses that could drain your moving budget when moving to or from Edmonton, AB or elsewhere in Canada.

Hidden Moving Costs - Edmonton Moving Services

Packing services and packing supplies

Packing materials and packing services are usually a part of what most full service Edmonton moving companies provide. However, these two may not be included in the estimated final cost of your move.
Often Edmonton moving companies decline that packing labor and supplies are counted in the estimate, but somehow you end up with extra moving fees for the additional boxes. Usually what the moving companies tell you is that some of your items require special packing materials and more packing boxes for extra safety during transportation. True or false, you get charged with hidden moving costs that you can’t avoid.
Unexpected moving expenses like extra packing fees are quite common. It should be mentioned in the moving documents you sign prior to your moving that the quoted price doesn’t cover additional packing supplies and that you are warned that your estimated moving cost may increase. Always read the fine print to avoid any surprises.

Moving Insurance

When you sign your Bill of Lading, you automatically get basic coverage (called “valuation”). You might be feeling calm that you have some insurance, but all too often the final amount of the valuation coverage doesn’t match the value of your belongings. You may have to get additional moving insurance for full coverage. Many Edmonton moving companies offer Full Value Protection – the ultimate moving insurance that guarantees reinstatement and replacement valuation for damages and missing items. Keep in mind that purchasing moving insurance costs extra and depends on the declared value of you items as well as the reputation of your Edmonton moving company.

Extra charges for handling bulky items

If your items appear to be heavier or over sized, you will be charged with additional moving fees. This is another hidden moving expense you should be aware of in advance. Unexpected moving costs come up if you are moving piano, pool tables, motorcycles, wall units, playgrounds, lawn mowers and other hard to transport items that take up a lot of space in the moving truck.
Many people are concerned how to move with their pianos. If your piano needs to be lifted by a crane, it will cost you around $800 -$2500 extra. If you are moving your piano locally in Edmonton, it will probably cost you from $150 to $600. Price also depends on the access to your house or apartment. You will be charged for every ascended flight of stairs to your floor (the first flight is usually indicated to be free).

Long carry fees

If your Edmonton movers cannot park the moving truck in a certain distance to your doorsteps you will be charged like $90-$120 for every 75Ft from the truck to your door. This often happens due to the impossibility of parking near the door to your building. And it is hard to rely on free parking spots in the big cities like Edmonton. To protect your budget from hidden moving costs, see if there is a way to assure parking spot for the moving truck. You can also request a parking permit from the city town hall for your Edmonton movers for the specific day and time of the move. If not, speak directly to your Edmonton movers to find out about their long carry fee terms when booking your move.

Elevator fees

In case of an elevator a one-time fee will be charged, depending on your Edmonton moving company. This charge is similar to the long carry fee. Some Edmonton moving companies will not charge you this fee if you have reserved an elevator exclusively for the move with the building management.

Moving cancellation fee

Your moving plans may change or you might decide to go with another Edmonton moving company in the last minute. But this will cost you money. Every Edmonton moving company has their own cancellation fee policy. Most Edmonton moving companies declare they have really lenient cancellation terms. But you should know that this is one of the most common hidden moving costs source.
For more than one week notice, there may be no unexpected moving expenses. If you notify your Edmonton moving company one week in advance, you may be charged $50 – $100.
For a cancellation in less than five days, you will be charged with average cost of $300 or the full moving deposit.

Storage fee

Storage is usually included in your estimated moving cost. The thing is, you’ll have only 30 days of the so-called “free storage period”. Further that time limit you will be additionally charged for storage. It will approximately cost you around $50 to $60 a month per vault (the average capacity of a vault is around 1500 lbs). Other possible charge is by cubic feet per month. Prices usually start at 1.00$ per foot.

Extra stops charges

Most Edmonton moving companies will charge you for any extra drop-offs or pick-ups on the route. $75 is the common starting price for an extra stop.

Travel Fee

If you are moving locally in Edmonton, most Edmonton movers charge travel fees. This is the time needed for them to get from their office location to your address. The usual charge is one extra hours or more.

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