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Hi everyone. I will be moving flats again soon, and as a short single woman this can be stressful. So I'm thinking of getting uberX (regular car) and I wonder if the driver will get offended and refuse to help? Has anyone had experience moving with Uber? Please share

I have 1 big luggage, computer screen monitor, one 70cm by 70cm table, a 60L backpack, and another bag the size of the ikea shopper bag.
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Hi everyone. I will be moving flats again soon, and as a short single woman this can be stressful. So I'm thinking of getting uberX (regular car) and I wonder if the driver will get offended and refuse to help? Has anyone had experience moving with Uber? Please share

I have 1 big luggage, computer screen monitor, one 70cm by 70cm table, a 60L backpack, and another bag the size of the ikea shopper bag.

The driver will be offended as his/her task is to drive you somewhere, not move you?

You could call Uber and ask if they offer that service.
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Re: Moving with Uber

Or offer the driver a reasonable 'tip' for his assistance. f50-100?

But what do you do if your driver is a 'short non-athletic type'?
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The driver will be offended as his/her task is to drive you somewhere, not move you?

You could call Uber and ask if they offer that service.
How do you call Uber in Switzerland? Local.ch doesn't give a phone number ...
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If you can load and unload the car, and don’t expect the driver to do it, I’d think it’d be ok!
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Where abouts are you, if you're over this side I could offer lifts, one being the car and the others being the bags.
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Re: Moving with Uber

It's a money and service expectations issue.

From the money side, the poor guys get paid by the minute. It is expected than when they arrive to pick you up there may be a couple travel bags and drive away in a minute, drop you and pick up the next customer...time is money. From the expectations side, maybe drivers became drivers precisely because they don't want to lift anything in the job.

If you use Uber regularly, just ask one of the drivers. A nice tip can overcome the money and expectations issues.
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Re: Moving with Uber

You can easily rent a larger vehicle with Mobility, they charge per km driven and rental hour. Depending on your location and distance, this can be much easier than renting a van from an actual rental company. Perhaps a friend or colleague from work could help with loading and unloading?

I didn't take Uber in Switzerland, only in the US, but I wouldn't imagine that this goes very well. Best case scenario, the driver helps you but they're clearly pissed.

By the way, a table 70x70cm won't fit into the truck of many cars without folding backseats. If you add a large suitcase, computer screen, and other large bags then it becomes a non-trivial task, depending on the size of the car. So this is no longer an easy packing done in 30 seconds. Ddid you secure your display somehow? I recommend to have a least a box and fill it with clothes.
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If you are flying to Geneva, I know of a private Uber driver. Please let me know.
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If you are flying to Geneva, I know of a private Uber driver. Please let me know.
I'm glad to hear she is still in business, Merrylegs. I've used her driver a number of times and can highly recommend her ...
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Re: Moving with Uber

I guess it depends on where you are and how far you are traveling. If it's only a few blocks then a big tip would be required. If it's 30km or so he might be happier. Once you've booked the car you can call the driver and tell him you have a few bags and boxes but are happy to pay extra in cash.

If it's within the same city I would be tempted to do it myself with 3 trips on the tram. But if you say where you are and how far you need to travel, I'm sure there are plenty of gallant gents on EF who would be happy to help.
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Re: Moving with Uber

If you have a driving license, rent from Mobility.

If not, take a picture of all your loads, go to the nearest taxi stand and show your pic to the drivers and ask them if they will accept you.

With Uber, its not just the time/effort of loading/unloading but you also don't know if your loads will fit in the first place.
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Where abouts are you, if you're over this side I could offer lifts, one being the car and the others being the bags.
Hi Ato, that's really nice! There were some hopeless people sending me private messages to help me move and asking for money.

I'm actually based in Geneva and I will be moving on 30 November (Monday). I could also move on 29 November.

It will be a short 10 mins drive. I could actually manage to lift the items by myself. I'm more concerned about the uber etiquette in this country.
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It's a money and service expectations issue.

From the money side, the poor guys get paid by the minute. It is expected than when they arrive to pick you up there may be a couple travel bags and drive away in a minute, drop you and pick up the next customer...time is money. From the expectations side, maybe drivers became drivers precisely because they don't want to lift anything in the job.

If you use Uber regularly, just ask one of the drivers. A nice tip can overcome the money and expectations issues.
Ok i guess we agree that this is doable, and I will just add a tip for the hassle. No big deal about trying to fit in a 70by70 cm table into the passenger seats right?

Also noticed that Ato is based in Zurich...
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There were some hopeless people sending me private messages to help me move and asking for money.
Quite disgusting offering a service in exchange for money
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Hi Ato, that's really nice! There were some hopeless people sending me private messages to help me move and asking for money.

I'm actually based in Geneva and I will be moving on 30 November (Monday). I could also move on 29 November.

It will be a short 10 mins drive. I could actually manage to lift the items by myself. I'm more concerned about the uber etiquette in this country.
Sorry cranewings, wrong side of the country for me! Best of luck.
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Ok i guess we agree that this is doable, and I will just add a tip for the hassle. No big deal about trying to fit in a 70by70 cm table into the passenger seats right?

Just remember to ask in advance! People don't like surprises, you can get help in the end but probably after a few bad words.
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If it's within the same city I would be tempted to do it myself with 3 trips on the tram.
Yes, this. Many people transport their goods by public transport, using a trolley. See this: https://www.englishforum.ch/3203380-post2.html
Even though it was written about how to look up "barrier-free" in Zurich, presumably similar info will be available for your public transport system.

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... take a picture of all your loads, go to the nearest taxi stand and show your pic to the drivers and ask them if they will accept you.
This is very wise advice. You'll soon gather from their reaction what they (as Taxi drivers, and it won't be much different for an Uber driver) think is reasonable, or not, and what they would charge.
Taxis charge waiting-time, i.e. minutes that they are available for you, but not yet driving. That rate would probably apply while you were walking backwards and forwards loading up the car. Uber charges by the minute.

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There were some non-hopeless people sending me private messages to help me move and asking for money.
Good for them! Perhaps good for you, too, if you accept their help and pay them the fee. After all, if you travel by Uber or Taxi, or hire a van (even through Mobility) you'll have to pay, too. The only way I know of, to do it for free or nearly free, it to carry the goods yourself, by public transport (see above).

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Ddid you secure your display somehow? I recommend to have a least a box and fill it with clothes.
Good advice.


Good luck with your move!
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