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March 13, 2023

Often Overlooked Costs of Moving

Paying for your MoveBy Julie DeLong, A-1 Freeman Moving Group 

There’s good news as well as bad news when it comes to moving. We are certain that it does not come as a big shock that the bad news is that moving usually is not just taxing, but it can also be expensive, too. On the flip side, the good news is that it will be a possibility to avoid paying more than you need to by anticipating and budgeting for a couple unexpected moving expenses that pop up without warning and hit your wallet. The important thing is doing your research and being prepared.

Pay Attention to the Fine Print

When you are obtaining quotes from moving companies in Dallas, be sure and read the fine print. You need to have a decent understanding of what is incorporated in the quotes so that you can make sure you are comparing like services. If there is something that you do not understand, do not be afraid to speak up. If you find something has been left off from the quote, it’s better to bring that to the moving company’s attention sooner than be upset later because of an additional charge.

· When you have big or bulky things which may require special handling, such as a riding lawnmower, hot tub or grand piano, you will need to bring that to the professional mover’s attention so that any extra charges can be incorporated in the quote.

· Similarly, know that a number of things, like gas appliances and front-loading washing machines, might require a third-party company to unhook the item at your current home and prepare it for shipping and then hook it back up at your new residence.

· In the event there is tight clearance on your street that makes the moving truck too big to fit, the moving company in Dallas may need to shuttle your possessions to the moving van using a smaller truck. There’s usually an additional charge for this service, so it will be important to converse about it when you are getting your quotes.

· You are going to have lots of boxes to get rid of after unpacking, so confirm if an empty box pick up is entered in your quote or if that will be an extra cost.

Road Tripping to the New Residence

In the event you are moving a longer distance that requires a road trip to get to your new house, you will need to budget for travel expenses. Be sure to not only account for a hotel room, but also factor in costs like food, tolls, gas, as well as emergencies that could come up while you are on the road.

Change of Plans

From time to time life happens and your best made plans fall apart. If the paperwork for the closing of your new house gets delayed or the construction that you had planned to be finished ahead of move in day go off track, you could need storage for your belongings. Talk with your moving company in Dallas as early on as you can with regards to the setback and talk about options with them. In the event the delivery simply needs to be pushed back a day or two, your items might be able to be stored on the trailer they are already loaded on. However, when it’ll be several weeks or even months before you will be ready to accept delivery, your things will likely need to be placed into storage at a nearby warehouse. Take into consideration that the longer your things are in storage, the more the additional cost will be.

The Bottom Line

Yes, moving to a new residence could be stressful. Yes, unplanned costs pop up. But, when you do your research in advance and budget properly, you will be a step ahead if something unpredictable happens.


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