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Moving Fees and Additional Costs to be Aware of

Stairs
If movers have to carry items up or down stairs, they’ll likely charge an additional fee. One flight is often included, but that isn’t always the case. If either your old or new house has stairs, ask if the company charges a stair fee, and make sure that fee is included in the written estimate.

Long-carry service
If movers have to carry furniture and boxes a long way from your house to the truck, they’ll charge a long-carry, or long-haul, fee. The written estimate should specify the maximum distance the movers will carry things before this fee applies. If it doesn’t, ask the movers to specify that distance in writing.

Shuttle service
If a large moving truck or semitruck can’t park close to your house, the moving company will need to use a smaller truck or van to shuttle items from the house to the truck or vice versa. Ask the moving company about the size of its pickup and delivery trucks. If power lines or lack of parking will prevent the truck from getting to your home, ask about the fee for a shuttle service, and factor that into your final cost. A company with a slightly higher rate per pound might be cheaper in the long run if it uses a smaller truck to pick up and deliver shipments.

Packing
Most moving companies offer packing services. You’ll pay a premium for this option, but it may be worth the price if you have mobility issues or you’re looking for a low-stress move. All fees for packing services and packing materials should be clearly listed on the written estimate. You can choose to have the moving company box everything or only specific items. Some moving companies charge per item, while others charge per hour.

Large items
Discuss pianos, large safes or any other especially heavy items with the moving company in advance. Not all companies are capable of handling these items, and those that are will likely charge an additional fee. These items should be listed on your moving inventory with a special note if there will be an extra charge for moving them.

Last-minute changes
If you have to change the date of your move or you decide to take more items than you originally planned, you might incur additional fees. Though most companies can accommodate last-minute changes, these adjustments might mean a company has to re-plan or provide more staff.

Gratuity
It is often appropriate to tip the moving crew. A standard tip is $20 to $40 per day per mover. Adjust that amount based on the quality of the service provided and the time spent at your house. If the moving company says not to tip the moving crew, honor that request. Tipping the movers anyway could cause problems for them with their supervisors.

5 ⭐’s From Executive Director of WellQuest of Elk Grove

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I’m the Executive Director of WellQuest of Elk Grove Senior living and we frequently recommend House to Home to our senior new move-ins and their families! I have worked with them for years and continue to have the utmost respect for their attention to detail and the way they understand and cater to senior moves. I just had a new resident family member that is in the process of moving, express how grateful they were we had recommended House to Home. They felt taken care of and expressed an immediate sense of trust in the company. Their words. I don’t easily recommend a company because it is a reflection on me and I have no oversight. It means a lot to be able to confidently recommend a company and be rewarded with our new move-ins expressions of appreciation.

Thank you Jennifer for taking the time to post this review!
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Thanks Greg for the 5 ⭐’s

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We used House to Home to move from both an apartment, and a house the same day.  We’ve moved many times, with many companies.  The two teams–Andrew, Michael and Edgar; and Jeremiah, Ernesto and Mike–were great guys, polite, personable and professional.  They did a terrific job!  Would absolutely use them again.

Thank you for taking the time to post this review!
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Moving from Home to Storage ▶️

Attention to detail is extremely important when it comes to moving. House To Home Moving provides all the necessary equipment to protect your property from damage.

Why Do Moving Companies Charge Double Drive Time?

All California movers are required to abide by the laws of the California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC). Within these laws are stipulations around what costs can be passed down to customers. For all hourly moves in the State of California, moving companies are required to charge double drive time. The actual CPUC law is written as follows:

‘the time used shall be the total of loading, unloading and double the driving time from point of origin to point of destination.’

Unfortunately, ‘origin’ and ‘destination’ are interpreted differently by some moving companies. The generally accepted interpretation is the actual driving time between the customer’s origin location (the address you’re moving out of) to the destination location (the address you’re moving in to) is doubled and charged at the hourly mover rate.

As confusing as it may be, CPUC requires all moving companies to use the double drive time law to protect consumers. Using double drive time provides visibility to the customer of the actual driving costs being paid and it compensates the moving company for their actual driving time, plus the time to return to the origin (where the job started). Using the double drive time law, the customer is responsible for all drive time between the new and old house and the moving company is responsible for the driving time between their warehouse and the origin location.

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