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March 15, 2021

Hidden and Sometimes Forgotten Costs of Moving

Cost of MovingBy Julie DeLong, A-1 Freeman Moving Group 

There is good news and bad news with regards to moving. We are confident that it doesn’t be a massive shocker that the bad news is that moving is not just stressful, but it may also be expensive, too. On the other hand, the great news is that it is possible to avoid paying greater than you need to by predicting and planning for a few hidden moving expenses that appear all of the sudden and hit your wallet. The key element is doing your research and getting well prepared.

Study the Fine Print

Once you get estimates from moving companies in Houston, be sure and look at the details. You need to have a solid comprehension of what's a part of each estimate to help you be certain that you're contrasting apples-to-apples. In case there is something which you don’t comprehend, don’t hesitate to ask questions. In the event that you feel something is absent in the quote, it’s safer to bring that to the moving company’s awareness presently than be surprised in the future by an extra charge.

· If you have substantial or cumbersome items which may require specific handling, like a snowmobile, spa tub or grand piano, you will need to bring that to the professional mover’s attention to ensure that any extra charges can be included in your quote.

· Also, bear in mind that some belongings, including gas appliances and front-loading washing machines, may require a third-party service to unhook the item at your origin location and prep it for shipping and then connect it back up at your new house.

· If there's limited clearance on your street that makes the moving truck too large to fit, the moving company in Houston may need to shuttle your home furnishings to the moving van utilizing a smaller truck. There is often an added charge with this service, so it's important to discuss it while you are acquiring your estimates.

· You are going to have plenty of boxes to handle after unpacking, so check to ascertain if an empty box pick up is incorporated in your estimate or if that is an extra expense.

Road Tripping to the New House

If you are relocating a long distance that will require a road trip to get to your new residence, you’ll need to consider travel costs. Be certain to not only arrange for a hotel room, but in addition factor in such things as meals, tolls, gasoline and emergency situations that might appear while you're on your way.

Damage Control

You know that big dent that you put in the wall when moving your table as well as the scratches you made on the wood floor when you scooted the entertainment center on it? Well, the incoming family or property manager is going to do a final walkthrough and might demand payment for those damages to pay the cost of the repairs. In the event that you are a renter, it might be in the form of not getting your security deposit back.

Change of Plans

At times life happens and your best made plans fall apart. In case the paperwork for the closing of your new residence gets delayed or the remodeling that you had planned to finish ahead of move in day get off track, you will want storage for your things. Notify your moving company in Houston at the earliest opportunity regarding the delay and go over options with them. In case the delivery only needs to be pushed out a couple of days, your things may be able to be stored on the trailer they are already loaded on. However, when it might be an extended time before you will be ready to accept delivery, your things will probably need to go into storage in a close by warehouse. Bear in mind that the longer your belongings are in storage, the greater the added cost will be.

The Bottom Line

Indeed, relocating to a new house can be a challenge. Yes, unforeseen expenditures come about. However, if you do your research beforehand and budget appropriately, you will be a step ahead when something unanticipated happens.


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The Mickelson Family
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