So, no one ever said that moving was going to be an easy and uncomplicated process. Sometimes, just understanding what all the charges might be will require an extra bit of education and research. Two of the most overlooked and potentially misunderstood extra charges are stair and long carries. Here is what you should know about each of them.
Not Being Scammed
For many people, the first time they hear about one of these charges its upon examining the bill. One of the questions that should be asked ahead of time is whether there will be any additional or extra charges. Now that you will soon know about these, you can clearly also inquire as to stair and/or long carries.
Just understand that these are indeed real charges; you are not being scammed with something that is ridiculous. However, the moving company should be able to say clearly and up-front that carrying your items a longer than average distance (a long carry) or up/down stairs (a stair carry) will entail an extra fee.
This may also be called a flight carry and it is when the moving company will move your items up or down at least one flight of stairs. This would be more common in apartment buildings, obviously. Just makes sure that if there are any stairs, ask them up front about this type of charge. It is possible you might even be able to negotiate them down. Here are some more considerations:
- Stair carries normally only apply when the entire home is either a floor above or below the main entrance.
- Stairs inside a normal two-floor family home should not be charged an extra fee.
- If heavy and bulky items need to go down several flights of stairs, even inside a home, this fee could possibly apply.
- Some companies will charge a per flight fee, others according to weight, some don't charge anything extra...be sure to ask.
In some cases, the moving company will have a set distance that they will carry your items without any additional fees. If your house is more than this distance from the street or place where the truck can park, you will likely be charged a long carry fee.
Obviously, you want to ask the movers if they have a long carry charge. Also, ask them their maximum distance is. It is strongly suggested you measure out this distance yourself just to see. Here are some circumstances to watch out for that might result in long carry charges:
- Apartment buildings may require the truck to park further away than with a house.
- Long, winding pathways to the entrance of your house could lengthen the distance.
- Obstacles in the way could force movers to take a longer path.
You will want to do everything in your power to provide a clear, obstacle-free and straight path to your movers. This might even mean moving some bushes.
Written By:Joe Webster
Joe Webster began his journey in the auto transport field by attending the University of Southern California (USC), where he graduated with a Bachelor of Business Marketing.
After college, he started his career in the auto transport industry from the bottom up and has done virtually every job there is to do at A-1 Auto Transport, including but not limited to: Truck Driver, Dispatch, Sales, PR, Bookkeeping, Transport Planner, Transport Manager, International Transport Manager, Brokering, Customer Service, and Marketing. Working with his mentor Tony Taylor, Joe Webster has learned the ins and outs of this industry which is largely misunderstood.
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