When it comes to moving, you have several options available to you. You can move yourself by hiring a moving truck and recruiting friends and family, or you can hire a full-service moving company. In addition to moving and transporting your belongings, most Edmonton and Calgary moving companies offer a number of moving services that can considerably increase the speed, efficiency and overall quality of your move. These additional services, however, result in extra charges that vary from one company to the next so it’s important to research the additional services they offer and choose the ones that best suit your needs and budget.
Packing & Unpacking
Proper packing of your belongings requires a lot of time and energy as well as specific materials and methods for ensuring your items stay intact during the moving process. So, if you feel you cannot dedicate enough time and effort to the packing process or you don’t have the right materials or experience, or you prefer not to risk damaging your delicate items, you can get professional packers to pack your belongings for you.
This additional moving service will take place in a safe and speedy manner and the moving company will be liable for any damages that may occur (full-service moving companies typically don’t assume liability for items that have been packed by the customer). You will typically be charged for this service based on the time it takes to pack up your house, the type and amount of packing material used or the size of your shipment.
If you own delicate pieces of art or other valuable and fragile items that don’t fit into a standard size moving box, you can request a custom packing service such as crating. Your items will be contained and secured in a custom-built wooden crate to provide maximum protection during transit.
Disassembly and Reassembly of Furniture
Full-service moving companies in Edmonton and Calgary like Matco Moving Solutions will typically disassemble and reassemble any large common household item like a bed or a table at no extra charge as these items will need to be made into smaller parts so they can get through doors and safely loaded onto the truck. More complex items like gym equipment, entertainment units, bunk beds and certain Ikea wardrobe units will require specialized equipment and knowledge to disassemble and reassemble. This moving service is typically calculated on an hourly basis.
Handling of Bulky Items
The movers you hire will assess an extra fee for handling extremely heavy and bulky items such as hot tubs, pianos, safes, pool tables etc. Keep in mind that these items are not only very difficult to pack and move, but also take up a considerable amount of room in the truck and increase the total weight of your shipment which will result in higher moving costs.
If you are moving appliances like a washer and dryer unit or a fridge or freezer, the moving company you hire will service the appliance like installing a blocking kit to your washing machine or disconnecting the water line from your fridge. This moving service will typically result in an additional fee based on the appliance.
Moving with Stairs
If the movers have to wait for an elevator or if there isn’t one in your building, the movers will need to take your items up or down the stairs. Typically, you will have to pay for a stair carry charge for this extra moving service. The cost is calculated per flight of stairs or based on the time incurred while waiting for the elevator.
Carrying Items a Long Distance
If there is no adequate parking for the moving truck in front of your property, the truck may have to park at a considerable distance from the entrance to your home. In this case, the movers will have to carry your items a long distance for you for an additional long carry fee.
You may experience a circumstance where you will require storage services. Your new home might not be ready in time or something else might occur which prevents you from receiving your belongings. If you hired a full-service moving company, you will have the luxury of having your items stored at the movers’ warehouse. Regardless of the reason, if your shipment does go into storage, you will be charged a storage fee. The longer your items are in storage, the greater the charge will be.