5 Hidden Moving Costs You Should Watch Out For

Woman moving inMost people will tell you that moving can be a stressful, chaotic and expensive experience. No matter how organized and careful you are with your moving budget, you’ll find that additional costs can quickly and unexpectedly add up. If you want to reduce your moving costs, then here are some hidden moving costs that you should watch out for:

1) Packing supplies and materials

A number of moving companies charge extra for packing supplies and materials such as boxes, bubble wrap, and packing tape. The cost of these materials can easily add up to hundreds of dollars, so start collecting sturdy boxes as early in the moving process as possible. Make sure to be thorough in your packing so that the moving company doesn't have to redo your work later on.

2) Disconnection fees.

You may not be aware of it, but some moving companies charge extra if they do more than just pick up your boxes and load them into the truck and vice versa. Asking movers to disconnect gas lines or disassemble furniture may cost you more than expected.

3) Long carry or stair fees

Some moving companies charge extra if the movers have to carry your furniture up the stairs, or if they have to walk a very l

ong distance to get to your home. Natural obstacles or narrow driveways may also make it more difficult for movers to carry your items from one place to another. If you’re moving to the ninth floor of a certain apartment building, you must remember to ask the moving company about these additional location fees.

4) Charges for very heavy items.

Do your movers need extra equipment or manpower for heavy items such as hot tubs, grand pianos, and the like? Inform the moving company of all of these large items and check that they include lifting fees in the estimate. You don’t want to get caught off guard when you see your final bill.

5) Time

Some moving companies bill by the job, while other companies bill by the hour. Hiring a company that charges by the job may mean that they’ll move fast, while going with a company that charges by the hour may mean that you’re not just paying for the drive to your new home, but for their breaks, too. Be sure to ask about this payment method to ensure that your movers don’t take their sweet time on purpose.

With so many things to think about and pack, it can be easy to miss out on a few details. Take these hidden moving costs into consideration and you’ll find yourself more financially prepared for your big move.

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How to Save on Moving Costs

How to Save on Moving CostsAre you moving to a new home or office building soon? As you probably know by now, moving to a new place is no joke, especially in terms of finances. The great news is that moving your belongings doesn’t have to cost you a whole lot of money. Here are some simple and practical ways to save money on your moving costs:

1) Avoid purchasing boxes.

The cost of boxes can quickly add up—and boxes are one expense that could truly make or break your overall moving budget. Instead of buying dozens of boxes for your belongings, why not get them for free? Check out your local grocery store or wholesale club, as these establishments will likely be willing to part with them once they’ve stocked the shelves.

There are other places you might be able to score some free boxes. Ask friends and family. Visit the various shoe stores, restaurants, and various other stores in your neighborhood. It’s worth a try!

2) Forego the bubble wrap.

Bubble wrap is not only bad for the environment, but it’s also very expensive. Instead of going for such a costly packing material, why not wrap your items in towels, sheets and newspapers?

3) Get rid of the junk.

Moving house is a great excuse to truly look at everything you own and weed out the items you no longer need or want. Take the opportunity to declutter your home before moving to a new one. There may be appliances, pieces of furniture, and various household items you’d rather sell or give away. With fewer items, you’ll need fewer supplies and boxes and may even need a smaller truck!

4) Pack your own things.

Due to time constraints, a number of people hire professionals to pack their belongings for them. It may seem tempting, but imagine the fortune you’ll save by packing your own belongings. If you live a busy life, do your best to start as early as possible. Start with a room that you don’t usually use or belongings you can start putting away. Examples of things you can start with are photo albums and books.

5) Ask for help.

Sure, you need to hire a moving truck for your bigger items, but that doesn’t mean you shouldn’t also ask for help from your close relatives and friends. With a few extra hands and cars to help out with the big move, you’ll be able to save on the costs of movers and moving vans. Just be sure to treat your handy helpers to a good meal!

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