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Hidden costs of moving and ways to avoid them

AM Moving Company — February 27, 2020

As you probably know, moving can be very expensive. This, however, might be acceptable to some people if the price is shown right away. But there are lots of hidden costs of moving that will unpleasantly surprise you after the move is finished. If you want to avoid paying such high amounts for moving your home, maybe you should learn about those hidden costs and ways to avoid them. Of course, one of the best ways to avoid hidden costs of moving is to hire some of the most reliable movers Richardson TX has to offer. They always try to avoid unpleasant situations by understanding your needs and offering the best possible solutions.

However, if you are really looking to lower your moving expenses, get ready to roll up your sleeves and invest lots of effort into your move.

Understand your move and plan accordingly

When you are preparing for a move, learning about it and preparing for all possible situations is the first thing to do. If you moved before, surely you will understand how the moving company forms your price and what are the situations that could produce so-called, hidden costs of moving. If you are moving for the first time, take some time to learn about the moving process and prepare a plan that will help you to avoid unpleasant situations. When you are aware of how things will unfold, you can think about the things that you can do to lower your moving cost.

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Learn about the moving process and find ways to avoid hidden costs of moving


Reduce the size of your moving inventory

For the most part, your moving cost is formed according to the size and weight of your moving inventory. That is the biggest part of your price. To lower your moving costs, the first thing you should do is to tackle your moving inventory. If you get rid of the part of your items, the price will certainly be lower. Also, bear in mind that packing supplies Dallas TX is offering, and you will need for your items, are not cheap. Another good thing about this is that you can even earn some money if you manage to sell the stuff you do not want to move. Here are some suggestions:

  • If you have enough items, organize a garage sale. This will not help you avoid the hidden costs of moving but will be very beneficial to your budget.
  • When you have only a few items to get rid of, you could sell it online.
  • Furniture is the heaviest part of your moving inventory, so, if you decide to get rid of it, find a used furniture retail company in your town. They might not pay you a lot for your stuff, but it is the quickest way to get rid of your stuff earning money along the way.
  • If you decide to donate your stuff, you can become eligible for certain tax deductions.

Packing supplies are one of the hidden costs of moving

Packing your items is another place where you can come across some hidden moving costs. As mentioned above, packing supplies are not cheap and lots of people forget to count in this into their calculation. Getting rid of the part of your stuff will certainly help you lower your expenses as far as moving boxes are concerned. But, you can also try to find free boxes that you can use for your move. Go around your neighborhood and ask in your grocery shop, liquor store or bookstore.  They will probably have lots of boxes that they will gladly give to you for free.

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Find used cardboard boxes to pack your stuff


Pack on your own and avoid another of the hidden costs of moving

Some people think that a moving company is in charge of the packing process. But that is certainly not the case. Hiring packing and unpacking service is the most convenient way to move. However, that is something that you will have to pay additionally. If you want to avoid this hidden moving cost, be ready to pack your stuff on your own.

Some movers will want to charge loading and unloading separately

A moving company will be glad to load and unload the truck. But rarely you will come across a moving company that will inform you that this is a service that you will also have to pay. Regardless of the moving estimate that they gave you when you negotiated the price. The best way to avoid this is to find a company that has loading and unloading service as a separate service. This way you will know how much it will cost you. So if you want, you can decide to load and unload the truck on your own and lower your cost additionally.

High story buildings and difficult maneuvering

If you are living in a high story building without an elevator, the moving company will charge you for the additional effort they have to invest to carry out your stuff. To avoid those hidden costs you will need to carry out your stuff on your own. This also refers to difficult maneuvering. If you have some items that are difficult to go around the corner or through a hallway, make sure that you measure everything before you hire your movers. When you find that some items will not go through, disassemble them or your movers will charge you for using a crane to carry it out through a window or a balcony, for example.

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If you live in a high story building without an elevator you will have to pay your movers additionally.


Prepare a parking spot for the moving truck and avoid one of the hidden moving costs

Sometimes it can happen that the moving truck can’t find a parking spot. So they need to park the truck far away from your home. This means that they will need to carry your stuff in their hands for a longer distance than expected. If that happens, you can surely expect a higher moving price. To avoid this, make sure that you reserve a parking spot in advance. Just bear in mind that in most cases, the truck will need more than one parking spot.

As you can see, there are many hidden moving costs. Luckily, in most cases, you will have ways to avoid them.

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