How to Identify and Plan For Unexpected Moving Expenses

There are often additional costs associated with moving that you may not be aware of when planning your move and budget.  Here are some moving tips to help you identify the types of additional expenses that may be associated with your move:

  1. Packing Supplies/Labor:  The moving estimate that you receive from a moving company provides an “estimate” of the cost of your move.  On moving day, additional moving boxes, packing materials or labor may be needed.  Unless you have a Binding Moving Estimate which provides an exact cost for moving services, the cost of these additional items will be added to your Bill of Lading.
     
  2. Additional Charges for Bulky Items: If you are transporting an item that is unusually shaped or oversized, additional fees may occur. If you have a large item to move, such as a piano, be sure to inform the moving company at the time your moving estimate is prepared.
     
  3. Carrying Fees: If the moving truck cannot park close to your residence to load and unload your belongings, there is often an extra cost associated with the extra labor and shuttle truck required to perform your move. If possible, obtain a parking space directly in front of your home. If you live in a condo or apartment, the building management company may require you to pay a fee for use of the building’s elevator.
     
  4. Storage: If your move requires that you store some or all of your belongings prior to or after your move, request a storage estimate from the moving company.
     
  5. Cancellation Fee: If you have to cancel your move, a cancellation fee will be charged. Read your contract carefully so that you understand your contractual obligations.
     
  6. Fuel Costs: Some movers may not include the cost of fuel in your moving estimate. Ask the moving company representative if you will be charged for fuel.
     
  7. Extra Stops: If you need to make a stop during your move, such as going to a storage facility to pick up items you want to take with you to your new residence, there will be an additional charge for this service.
     
  8. Understand Your Contract: To avoid moving scams by unethical moving companies, conduct prior research about the moving company you choose. Look at reviews and customer satisfaction ratings to ensure you are picking a reputable moving company. You can find a list of moving companies who have received The American Moving & Storage Association’s ProMover® certification at Moving.org – Moving America Professionally. Further, understand the contract that you are signing. This will help you become aware of additional charges, and resources that the moving company offers.

It is important that you educate yourself about the true cost of moving to help you avoid unexpected expenses and stay on budget. The best way to do this is to interview multiple moving companies so you can compare moving estimates and ask questions. Interstate’s professional Moving & Storage Move Consultants have prepared an excellent resource entitled Don’t Make a Move Until You Ask These Questions. Our moving team is always available to answer any questions you may have about the moving process.

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