Do Movers Charge Extra for Stairs?

Do Movers Charge Extra for Stairs?


This question comes in all the time from people when they are getting ready to hire movers. It’s a great question to ask yourself as you prepare for those extra fees that always seem to pop up! However, after picking the brains of some of my veteran co-workers who have worked several years for HireAHelper and speaking with various other moving companies, I’ve discovered that most movers don’t charge extra for stairs, especially if you’re on the third floor or below.

It also depends on the region of the country you live in. For instance, the east coast has more movers who charge extra for stairs simply because so many of their customers live in high-rise apartments. As a girl from Nebraska, my first thought when hearing that some companies charge this extra fee was that it was just another way some moving companies try to gouge customers. But after imagining workers carrying couches and dressers down twenty flights of stairs, my heart softened a little for their choice to charge extra!

While there is no universal answer to this question, my best advice would be to ask each moving company about their particular stair policy. Another great resource is to check as most of the helpers will specify in their description whether or not they charge for stairs. It makes it super easy to compare the different companies and their costs!

About the author: Victoria is a grad student in Nebraska, working for HireAHelper. She loves her dog and is incredibly happy at the arrival of summer!

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