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Moving services that cost extra


The fact of the matter is that the moving process is almost synonymous with hiring a moving company. There are really good reasons for this, as the moving process itself is incredibly hard and stressful if you want to do it on your own. Even with the moving company having your back, you will still have plenty of work to do. You will obviously want to find affordable movers Brooklyn for your relocation, but what exactly are those moving services that cost extra? Are those the services that I need or not? Why do they cost extra? We will try to answer these questions, and many more, in the article below:

What are the moving services that cost extra?

When it comes to extra services, you may consider them as any services that do not cover the simple loading, transporting, and unloading of your belongings. It actually gets a bit tricky when it comes to the actual loading and unloading as that is the basic service that can cost extra, depending on the circumstances. There are many services that are dubbed as “extra” ones, but these are the most common:

  • Packing and unpacking
  • Storage is one of the moving services that cost extra
  • Moving special items
  • Moving services that cost extra – Loading and unloading (Carrying services)
Packing and unpacking are services that cost extra.

Packing and unpacking

If you want your moving company to do all of the packing and unpacking for you, that will cost extra. It is not part of the standard moving “package” and thus will incur an extra cost. While most of the time you will want to do your packing anyway, there are times when you simply can’t do that. Or it may be more practical and financially sound to let your movers do it. Regardless of the reason, this is the prime example of a service that costs extra. Normally, you will both pack and unpack your belongings and the moving company will do the loading, transporting, and unloading.

Storage is one of the moving services that cost extra

Kind of obvious, but storage services also cost extra. Depending on your circumstances, you may be forced into a decision to rent out a storage unit. It is mostly the case in long-distance relocations. What you need to know about these services is that there are many storage units Brooklyn, and they are not all the same. Depending on what your needs are, you can get anything from a really affordable storage unit to a highly sophisticated, climate-controlled, storage unit. There are numerous options and every good moving company will be able to offer you quite a selection.

It does depend on the area, of course. Smaller cities, towns, and villages will have a lot fewer storage options than a big city. It stands to reason.

Moving special items

And then we come to the “special” items. The general rule of thumb is: If your item is particularly complicated to transport, it will cost extra. These items include:

  • Piano
  • Home safe
  • Bulky and heavy furniture


A piano is simple enough to understand why it costs extra. It is a delicate musical instrument which is also really big and really heavy. Combine its bulk with the precision and delicacy of a musical instrument, and you get something that can be a nightmare to transport. And, quite frankly, it is. Unless you are a moving company with years of experience and proper equipment, that is. The best thing to do for your piano is to find the ideal piano movers. Not everyone can properly move a piano, and many newer moving companies might not have the experience to do so safely. The best that you can do is to entrust your valuable piano to the experts that have moved similar items many times.

Relocating a piano also costs extra!

Home safe

Another item that requires consideration is home safe. Now, depending on the type and the size of the safe, you might not even need to pay a lot more, or anything additional at all. But if you have a huge item that requires special care, you will definitely incur the extra cost. You can always move it on your own, too. Basically, the difficulty of transportation will dictate the cost. It is best to ask about it and not assume anything in advance, though, as some companies might not even charge you extra.

Bulky and heavy furniture

Finally, particularly bulky and heavy furniture will definitely incur an extra cost. If these items are so heavy that they need specific equipment, it will cost extra, simple as that. You can’t expect that moving a regular bed will cost the same as moving a huge ornamental king-size, 16th-century monstrosity of a bed. Again, the charges will be heavily influenced by the type, size, and weight of your furniture. Also, you may need to disassemble the furniture before loading and to assemble it after transportation. These are also extra services.

Basically, lifting your sofa, carrying it in the elevator and to the moving truck, transporting it to your new home and unloading it in your living room is standard fare. If there are multiple other steps involved, it will cost extra. Simple as that. Again, ask your movers about any furniture that you might think that requires special care and handling. Some movers will charge extra, some will not, depending on the furniture involved.

One of the services that cost extra – Relocating heavy and bulky furniture.

Moving services that cost extra – Loading and unloading (Carrying services)

Now, when it comes to the carrying services, you need to understand that you are getting only the “basic package” as a standard service. This means the elevator is working, parking is close by, there are no obstructions and the hallways are not overly long. You need to understand that someone needs to carry all of your belongings. Everything that makes their job particularly harder costs more. Now, this is actually something that you can try to negotiate with your movers, as it is not really an exact science. But if you are living on the 9th floor and the elevator is not working, expect that you are going to pay a lot more than originally estimated.

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