How Expensive Is Moving ? “Moving is a cheap endeavor” you think so?… now that you are relocating to the next estate or state, you will just pick up all your things, pack them, hire a van and be on the road to your new home! Not really! There is more to that in moving than you think. It is no simple task to streamline all the moving process to eventually achieve a smooth flow in everything especially financial aspects during the moving day.
Looking at the financial dimensions, moving companies is an expensive affair. This means that you need to be fully prepared with a sufficient budget in place to finance your move. More often than not, most of the people tend to settle for those moving companies with good deals when it comes to overall charges. But there is something that is overlooked; hidden moving costs and fees.
Most of us tend to focus on big moving costs that are significant to our budgets but the little hidden costs may matter a lot, which may put our moving budget to an extreme edge. Some of the moving companies will not honestly disclose all the costs involved which is a part of moving scam, they only want to hold you…it’s their business! If you are not inquisitive enough before signing that contract, you may end up regretting why you opted for that moving companies.
To avoid all this stress, it is imperative to focus not only on distant charges, weight and insurance charges. You can as well enter into a guarantee that the moving companies has disclosed all the moving costs before signing the contract. Here are some of these costs which we should make sure that we are aware of, anyway, you may be surprised when the moving bill is delivered!
Here 10 Moving Costs and Fees From the moving companies
1. Specialty packing costs – This is often one of the hidden costs, which the moving company will not disclose. It adds up to the packing costs and you should ask the company of its existence before signing the contract. This cost arises if you have fragile or any valuables like mirrors, TVs or sculptures which may need special packing. The moving companies have to source for custom crates to pack these valuables safely to avoid any breakage, which translates to additional moving costs.
2. Fuel surcharges – this is an issue that most of the moving companies like to leave aside when giving the contract cost estimates…only to pop up on the moving day. It’s a cost that arises as a result of changes in fuel costs by the time of moving. It varies from one company to another and it may range from 5% -18% additions to the total moving cost.
3. Crating charges – crating can cost you some extra cash. You need special crates to carry fragile items and this amount to extra dollars. You should see to it that the company discloses this during the onsite visit before signing the moving contract.
4. Long carry charge – if your new house is inaccessible and the moving truck cannot park in front of the house, long carry charge is inevitable. This charge depends on individual company’s policy and each will charge different from the other. For example if the truck is packed more than 300 feet from your house, the first 100 to 150 feet may be free, but a charge of $50 -$150 is paid for any additional 100 feet. You should be prepared for this.
5. Stair carry charges – this comes handy for those whose new home is in the top floor. You should consider paying much. In most cases, the first or two flights of stairs is free, but moving companies will charge for any additional flights, a range of $50 – $150 So you can consider relocating to the ground floor if you intend to pay less.
These are the costs other than those that are directly attributed to the moving companies. You should be entirely prepared to meet them in full.
6. Time spent in relocating – in a financial perspective, time is money! Any minute used during the relocation process may be an opportunity wasted somewhere! Be sure to manage your time efficiently during the relocation period.
7. Unexpected delays – it is wise to budget for some extra costs which may arise from any unexpected delay. The moving truck may break-down or someone might get injured on the way. Who knows when this might happen? You may consider lodging, buying some extra supplies or opting for a storage facility overnight.
8. Communication costs – well, these costs may seem normal to you, but understand that during relocation, you need extra credit to esquire from various moving companies of their services, call your relatives to notify them of your new home address and other communication needs to streamline the whole moving process. This is a cost you should consider!
9. Shelves and racks – now that you have a new house, you have to keep everything in order. You have to incur the costs of fixing shelves and racks in your new house. In addition, you need new curtains, hooks, additional lamps and even more furniture in your new home. This calls for an extra budget extension.
10. License renewal fees and connection fees – this is mostly incurred if you are moving to another state. You need to register your vehicle, update your driving license and health cards which call for an extra cash. In addition, connection charges can also add to your moving budget. This may include utilities connection, internet, phone and cable services.
These costs should be well budgeted to avoid any surprises. By being prudent enough and planning everything in due time, you will have less pressure or no pressure at all in handling all the above costs.