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When you’re moving, the last thing you need is a list of surprise fees tacked on at the end. Here’s how to get an accurate estimate from the start.
When planning a residential move, it’s important to have an accurate idea of the final moving costs so you can set a realistic moving budget which is not that easy.
Movers will give you an estimate based on the total weight of your shipment and distance to your new location and then the other factors they add on make your relocation cost more expensive than you allotted for.
KNOW EXACTLY WHAT THE COST WILL BE…
Determine how much moving help you will need. If you want the movers to take care of all aspects of the moving process (including packing, loading the truck, taking them to your new home, unloading and unpacking), your move will cost you a pretty penny.
To Help Lower the Cost you might decide to do some of the work yourself (such as packing or disassembling your large furniture) which will cut down the moving costs.
Keep in mind that any specific packing, handling, or transportation requirements you may have (like crating, exclusive use of the moving vehicle, or split pick-up or delivery) will also incur additional fees.
Sometimes, circumstances beyond your control may necessitate a specific service, regardless of whether you want to use it or not. Poor access to the pick-up and/or drop-off location is the most common obstacle that affects the flow of a move and results in extra charges.
If your old home (or your new property) is not accessible to large moving trucks because of physical constraints (such as narrow roads or weak bridges), your goods will be picked up or delivered with the help of smaller vehicles. Extra Fee for this….
If the moving truck can’t stop in front of the entrance to your home and the movers have to carry your items over a considerable distance (greater than 50 to 75 feet), you’ll be charged a long-carry fee.
If the movers have to take your goods up or down a number of stairs (or wait long for an elevator), you’ll have to pay a flight charge (or an elevator fee).
If some of your furniture or appliances don’t fit through the doors or along the narrow hallways in your property, you will need hoisting services (that is, movers will take your large items in or out of the home through a window). These tend to be really expensive.
Storage needs are the second most common reason for increased moving costs. If you need your belongings to be stored in the carrier’s warehouse (because your new home is not ready to be occupied yet, or because you’re moving into temporary housing and want your items safely stored until you find a permanent residence), you’ll have to pay an additional storage fee.
And if your items have to be kept in storage for some time, because you’re unable to receive your shipment on the agreed date and time, all the warehouse handling costs will be at your expense.
You’ll also be charged extra for any idle time the movers waste waiting at your home if you’re not ready when they arrive to pick up your goods.
The time of your move: The specific time of year when your relocation takes place will also greatly affect the final moving costs. It’s no secret that moving company rates are much higher during the summer — the busiest moving season— than they are for the rest of the year. So, moving off-season (anytime from September to mid-May) will significantly reduce your moving costs, and will also allow you to ensure the help of experienced moving professionals at the most convenient time for you (reputable movers are not easily available during the peak season).
Also, remember that moving rates are usually higher on national holidays and on the first/last day of a month, when many people need to move house because of rental agreements or job-related considerations.
If possible, avoid such peak periods and schedule your relocation for a day during the second half of a month when you can expect lower rates, plenty of available movers, and considerably less hassle.
Your moving insurance
The basic liability coverage (60 cents per pound per item) you get for free when using professional moving services may not be enough to ensure your peace of mind, especially if you are relocating items of high sentimental or monetary value.
If you want full value protection (under which the carrier assumes liability for the full cost of repairs or the replacement value of any lost or damaged goods), your moving costs will go still higher.
Lots of different factors will determine your cost, PLEASE do your research and get three or four estimates and compare options. Select the best situation for you and your family.
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