Costs of Moving

Financially speaking, moving is often hard to plan for. Apart from the essential moving costs that are specified in the Bill of Lading, there are additional expenses that do not always spring to mind as you calculate your moving and relocation budget. Following is a list of typical moving costs which may come up before, during and even after Moving Day. Check out our tips as you prepare for your upcoming move.

Paying Your Moving Company:
The Bill of Lading should clearly state whether the moving estimate is binding or non-binding. Make sure all the details are explicitly stipulated in the contract, and read them carefully before you sign it. You wouldn’t want to find out after your belongings have been delivered that you overlooked some of the crucial details hidden in the fine print.

Moving Boxes and Supplies:
While do-it-yourself packing is certainly more cost-effective than hiring the packing services of your NYC mover, it is not cost-free. When you are in charge of packing, you are also required to purchase moving boxes and supplies. To ensure that all your belongings are properly packed, you should purchase a sufficient quantity of supplies in advance, making sure you have adequate boxes for the various household goods you plan on shipping. While you can certainly collect boxes from nearby grocery stores or from neighbors that have recently moved to your area, ordering from your mover is perhaps the safer way to go. Your mover will provide you with boxes that are up to standard and which are sturdy enough to withstand the journey ahead.

Leaving Your Home in Mint Condition:
Whether you're selling your home or leaving it behind to your landlord, it should be in adequate condition. This basically means additional costs which you should take into account. To begin with, you may decide to hire a professional cleaning company to have your home looking spick and span. Although this is a feasible do-it-yourself task, it can be extremely time-consuming and, in case of a large house, may be difficult to accomplish. Bring in professionals to take care of any home repair jobs that you've so far managed to put off. Broken pipes or malfunctioning plumbing fixtures, for instance, should be repaired by a professional plumber. Despite the inevitable costs, try to make the new tenants feel as welcome as you can in the house you are leaving. Wouldn't you want your new abode to be just as welcoming?

Protecting Your Move:
Whatever mode of transportation you opt for, you want to make sure your goods are thoroughly protected. In case any of your belongings are damaged while in transit, it is imperative that you be properly be reimbursed and compensated for them. While movers offer liability coverage, it is usually quite low, and you should therefore purchase supplementary insurance. Although it will definitely add to your overall expenses, don't embark on the moving and relocation process without adequate insurance.

Moving "Handle-With-Care" Items:
When you prepare an inventory of the belongings you plan on shipping, bear in mind that you will be required to pay additional fees for any particularly large or valuable items that are to be handled with care. Pianos, cars, artworks and antiques are all cases in point.

The Ultimate Moving Scam:
Unfortunately, when moving, we may become the unwitting victims of a particularly nasty moving scam. In a sordid attempt to extort more money, your mover may simply "hijack" your belongings, put them in storage and refuse to "set them free" unless you pay outrageous amounts of money. Clearly, these unexpected malicious scams will greatly impact your moving costs, but some preliminary research on your part may help you avoid such unpleasant situations. Before choosing a moving company, you should ask for referrals from friends, colleagues and family members who have had favorable moving experiences. Check with the Better Business Bureau (BBB) to find out about a particular mover's complaint history. Finding a reliable and reputable moving company may not be a simple task, but it's certainly worth making every possible effort to ensure you hire a mover who will deliver your belongings safely.

While You're Moving:
Whether you're driving a rental truck and moving your own belongings, or whether you're simply driving in your car to your new destination, while a moving company hauls your cargo, you should take into account the costs that are likely to be incurred during the move. Travel expenses like gas, meals and overnight stops must be calculated into your budget. If you're moving long distance you may choose to fly to your new home, in which case you'll need to work flight expenses into your budget, as well. If you're moving with pets, travel expenses will likely increase. Paying veterinary fees, purchasing adequate carriers, reserving pet-friendly hotels and taking care of flight arrangements for your pets will all impact your budget – but what wouldn't we do for our furry friends?

After the Move:
Moving costs don’t end after you reach your new destination. To begin with, remember that it is customary to tip the movers. If you're moving overseas, you may be required to pay custom fees for some of your shipped valuables. Next, you will undoubtedly need to have your phone, television and other utilities installed, in which case you will be required to pay connection fees. If you're moving across state lines, you'll need to update your vehicle and driver's license, as well as any other professional license you're holding. These are all bureaucratic requirements which cost money. Lastly, for the safety of your family, make sure you re-key the locks in your new abode. The previous tenant may have given out many spare keys, and that is not a risk you want to take. You will obviously need to hire the services of a professional locksmith to make the necessary changes.

True, there are many expenses to consider when moving. To make things slightly less difficult and to avoid unpleasant surprises, you can plan your budget by checking out the numerous online calculators available on the internet. From working out the expected fuel costs and the distance you will be covering if you're driving on your own, to planning the cost of life in your new location - online calculators will help you prepare for the move.

You can always contact your NYC Mover to find out more information about moving costs.

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