Greater Vancouver Moving Tips: 9 Hidden Moving Costs and Fees

Below is a list of all the unexpected moving expenses that could drain your moving budget, when moving to or from Greater Vancouver or elsewhere in Canada.

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  • Packing labour and packing supplies

Usually packing materials and the packing service are included into full moving service in Greater Vancouver. However, they may not be included in your moving estimate. Often some Greater Vancouver moving companies decline that packing labour and supplies are counted in the moving estimate, but you end up with extra moving fees for the additional boxes.

Unexpected moving expenses like extra packing fees are quite common. It should be mentioned in the moving documents you sign prior to your moving day that the quoted price doesn’t cover additional packing supplies. Always read the fine print to avoid such situations.

  • Moving Insurance

When you sign your Bill of Lading, you automatically get basic coverage (called Valuation). You are calm you have an insurance (which is not the case), but all too often the final amount of the valuation coverage doesn’t apply to the value of your belongings.

You may have to get additional moving insurance for full coverage. Many 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 it depends on the declared value of you items and the reputation of your Greater Vancouver 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 in advance.

Unexpected moving costs springs up if you are moving a 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. Price variety depends on the access to your house or apartment.

  • Long truck fees

One of the hidden moving expenses is the long truck fee. You will be charged extra if the truck can not be parked at 75 Ft distance to your doorsteps.

This often happens due to the impossibility of parking near the door to your building. In such circumstances you’ll suffer the consequences, leading to unexpected moving expenses. To protect your budget from hidden moving costs, see if there is a way to assure parking spot for the truck. You can also issue a parking permit from the city town hall for your Greater Vancouver movers for the specific day and time of the move. If not, speak directly to your Greater Vancouver  movers to find out their long carry fee terms when booking.

  • Elevator fees

Some 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 have decided to go with another Greater Vancouver moving company in the last minute. But this will cost you money. Every moving company in Greater Vancouver has their own cancellation fee policy. Most Greater Vancouver moving companies declare they have really lenient cancellation terms. But you should know this is one of the most common hidden moving costs.

  • 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.

  • Extra stops charges

Most Greater Vancouver moving companies will charge you for any extra drop-offs or pick-ups in the route.

  • Travel Fee

If you are moving locally, most Greater Vancouver movers will 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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