Moving Blog
March 13, 2023

Often Overlooked Costs of Moving

Paying for your MoveBy Julie DeLong, A-1 Freeman Moving Group 

There’s good news and also bad news when it comes to moving. We are certain that it doesn’t come as a giant shock that the bad news is that moving can be not just taxing, but it can also be costly, as well. On the other hand, the good news is that it is feasible to sidestep paying more than you need to by getting ahead of and planning for some unexpected moving costs that come up with little warning and hit your wallet. The important thing is doing some research and also being prepared.

Read the Fine Print

When you are obtaining quotes from moving companies, make certain and pay attention to the fine print. You should have a decent understanding of the services that are incorporated in the estimates so that you can make certain you are comparing apples-to-apples. When there is something that you do not know, never be scared to ask for clarification. If you think something has been left off from the quote, it’s best to bring that to the moving company’s attention sooner than be surprised later due to an additional charge.

· If you have large or bulky items that might need special handling, like a snowmobile, hot tub or baby grand piano, you’ll need to bring that to the professional mover’s attention so that all special charges can be added in the quote.

· Also, know that some items, like gas appliances and also front-loading washing machines, likely require a third-party company to unhook the item at your current home and prep it for transit and then hook it back up at your new residence.

· In the event there is tight clearance on your street that makes the truck too large to fit, the moving company could need to shuttle your possessions to the truck using a smaller truck. There’s generally an additional cost for this service, so it is vital to converse about it when you are getting your estimates.

· You will have lots and lots of boxes to deal with after unpacking, so confirm if an empty box pick up is incorporated in your quote or if that is an extra charge.

Road Tripping to the New House

If you are moving a distance which calls for a road trip to get to your new residence, you will need to take into consideration travel expenses. Be sure to not only include money for a hotel room, but also add in essentials like food, tolls, gas, and also emergencies that may come up while you are travelling to your new house.

Change of Plans

Occasionally life happens and your best made plans fall apart. If the paperwork for the closing of your new residence gets delayed or the repairs that you had thought would be finished prior to move in day go off track, you could need storage for your belongings. Inform your moving company ASAP about the setback and talk about options with them. In the event the delivery simply needs to be pushed out a day or two, your belongings might be able to be stored on the trailer they are already on. But, if it will be several weeks or even months before you will be ready to accept delivery, your belongings will likely need to be placed into storage at a close by warehouse. Take into consideration that the longer your things are in storage, the higher the additional cost will be.

The Bottom Line

Yes, moving to a new residence can be stressful. Yes, unexpected costs crop up. But, when you do your research in advance and also budget appropriately, you will be a step ahead if something unexpected happens.


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