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Hidden and Sometimes Overlooked Costs of Moving
Wednesday, 17 March 2021

There are always pros and cons to hiring a moving company when relocating. We can assume that many property owners are aware that hiring a professional moving company comes with a cost. In most cases, it can be expensive. But on the flip side, enlisting a professional moving company can make your life easier. We are here to tell you that you don't have to pay more than you should to get quality moving service. The secret is to research and be ready.

Read the Fine Print

After getting the written quote from the moving company, be sure to review all the details. Make sure to compare apples-to-apples by understanding the fine print. Don't be shy to ask questions when they arise to help you and the company come up with the best solution for a potential issue. Antonio Owah, of Relentless Moving Logistics, LLC, recommends you consider the following:
  • Don't be surprised if the moving company has bulky items such as a grand piano and hot tub. Disclose every essential information to them so they can include them in your final estimate.
  • Some items such as gas appliances and front-loading machines may need special handling by a third-party provider to ensure safety.
  • Suppose your house or business is located in an area that makes it difficult or impossible for the moving truck to fit. In that case, they may require a smaller moving van to transfer your items from your place to the moving truck. Discuss this concern with the moving company so they can include any additional charge to the final estimate.
  • Check the estimate if it includes empty box pickup or if it costs an additional charge after you unpack your items.

Travel Expenses

You may want to account for travel expenses if you are moving long-distance. Have money prepared for food, gas, tolls, and a hotel room. You also want to have some extra for unexpected situations that may happen while you are on the road.

Damage Control

Before you leave your home or apartment, the new owner or landlord will have a final inspection of the place. They will most likely make you responsible for any dents or scratches on the hardwood floor trying to move the entertainment appliances. It is important to have a budget for this so you can't be in trouble with your building manager or the house's new owner.

Change of Plans

You think your plan is bulletproof until something happens. If any paperwork gets held up or the renovations you are looking to make get delayed before moving, you may require a storage facility to temporarily store your items. Make sure to let the moving company know as soon as the issue arises and discuss possible alternatives with them. You can store your belongings on the trailer where they are already loaded if the delay will only be for a day or two. However, if it will be a prolonged extension, you may need to arrange for short-term storage nearby. Remember that the longer you store your items in the warehouse, the higher the cost will be.

The Bottom Line

There is no question that moving to a new house can be stressful. But planning and preparing can lessen and even eliminate all unnecessary headaches along the way. Do your research and set a budget appropriately, and you will be on top of everything throughout the moving process.
For moving service in the central Virginia area, contact Relentless Moving Logistics, LLC, 1901 Spotswood Terrace, Harrisonburg, VA 22802, (540) 302-5091.


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