Make Sure to Check your Moving Quote Fine Print


Most expats crowd the Philippines to get a dose of its one-of-a-kind biodiversity. Others move to the country for work. Whether you are relocating to or from the Philippines for business or pleasure, you need to assess the cost. Paying a mover to transport your furniture to or from the Philippines is your best bet when it comes to relocating. It is the least stressful way to handle your relocation. The first step is to check removalist quotes to or from the Philippines. A handy item to know is how precise your quotation can be.


The cost of long distance relocation is based on the volume of your furniture, the distance it needs to travel and the destination point. Movers will provide a free estimate of your furniture but this is not all there is to a move. Most of you will focus on the estimate given, without realising the hidden conditions in the fine print. Be sure to ask (and understand) the possible extra charges to avoid being slapped with a hefty fee at the end of your journey.


Know the appliance charges. These are the cost of special services required to move your furniture. Some moving companies charge for waiting time, fuel surcharges and furniture installation and/or assembly. Others may charge for storage facilities, especially if they need to hire a third-party storage provider. When moving outside the metro areas like Manila some moving companies charge extra for toll fees. So be sure to ask your movers if that is included in your quote.

Be aware of any auxiliary charges. Some removalist quotes in the Philippines include this in their fine print. This is the cost incurred when an unexpected delay occurs and may be applicable if your furniture needs to be transported by other means. For example, if you prefer to live in the provinces, there may be inadequate spaces for the removalist truck to park. It is advisable to coordinate with your mover and ask these questions directly.

Understand the customs clearance charges. Customs clearance is always required before relocating your belonging overseas. It doesn’t hurt to ask your mover if this is already included in their quote. Check whether your mover will help you with the documentation. Professional movers are well versed in this so they should be able to supply you with detailed information.

Are there any stair/elevator charges? It is essential you tell your mover if you are planning to move into an apartment or high-rise condominium to anticipate the flight or elevator charges.

If you have unusual-sized or shaped items, you may be charged specialty moving charges. Large goods such as pianos, artworks or extended dining settings, can require a specialty mover, which may come with an additional fee. When inquiring about an estimate by phone, always provide to the moving company a detailed list of your belongings.

Go over removalist quotes to or from the Philippines thoroughly and ask the mover upfront about any other charges to help you budget effectively when planning your move. Remember to check the storage facility and insurance policy as well.

We at Allied Pickfords take the stress out of moving by providing you with a comprehensive and accurate assessment of your international relocation to or from the Philippines. We will even assign a personal move coordinator to be in close contact with you every step of the way. Visit us at to find out more.

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