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How to account for additional moving costs?


Moving and starting a new life someplace else is a huge step. It’s exciting, but let’s be honest, it’s stressful, too. From choosing a new place, over planning, packing and finding reliable and professional Brooklyn movers and storage, to actually making a move, it can sometimes be overwhelming. But with good preparation, everything can go smoothly. One of the major issues you should pay attention to is how to account for additional moving costs. Therefore, we’ve decided to help you sort it out.

Preparing your moving budget is the best way to account for additional moving costs

While planning and preparing for a move, it’s of utmost importance to prepare financially, too. Sometimes there are costs that you don’t even know about, which can surprise you. That is why it is so important to set a budget for your move. By doing this beforehand, you won’t risk being surprised by additional or any hidden costs. We have prepared some important facts about moving costs NYC that you can expect, and how to consider them before your move.

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The best way to account for additional moving costs is to make a budget list.

Expected costs

There are some costs that you have probably already included in your budget. These include hiring one of the professional residential or small office movers NYC has to offer, storage costs and moving insurance.

If you are planning a do-it-yourself move, you should include costs such as gas, truck and equipment rental and moving insurance. Also, don’t forget to include the money you will have to spend on moving supplies for packing such as:

  • boxes or other kinds of packages
  • wrapping paper
  • plastic wrap
  • wrapping foam
  • tape
  • markers for labeling

Account for additional moving costs that you probably didn’t expect

In addition to the abovementioned costs that you’ve probably anticipated, there are some “hidden” costs that may surprise you. First we will mention the additional costs when you move with the help of a moving company, and then some less expected costs that you will probably need either way.

What movers charge additionally

Not every moving company has the same prices and services included in the original price. Some movers may surprise you and charge for some of the following:

  • Disassembling and reassembling some pieces of furniture
  • Special costs for large, fragile or extremely valuable items
  • Storage costs (storage units, storage transportation, storage supplies, storage containers)
  • Packing supplies
  • Cancellation fee if you need to change the date of your move at the last moment

You should not forget to tip the movers, too. This is optional, but most people end up spending money on tipping anyway.

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Some movers may surprise you by some unexpected costs, for example for disassembling and reassembling your furniture.

You should also account for additional moving costs that you didn’t think about

One of the most common costs people forget about is cleaning after the move. Also, make sure that you count in the money for utility and facility deposits if you are renting, as well as some of the bills, cable, internet and mail redirection.

If you’re making a long-distance move, make sure you account for vehicle move, airplane (or other transportation for yourself) tickets, maybe even a hotel. Moving process sometimes takes days, so be prepared to spend some additional money on food and utilities.

Other potential additional costs:

  • stair or escalator fees in some buildings
  • parking tickets
  • childcare
  • care for your pets
  • painting, renovating or making repairs if necessary

Of course, you probably won’t need to pay for all of the abovementioned. However, we encourage you to choose the costs that you’ll probably need to pay for, make a list, and carefully plan your budget. Good planning and preparation is the best way to account for additional moving costs. Good luck!

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Frequently Asked Questions

At U.Santini Moving & Storage Brooklyn, we've earned our reputation through honesty and transparency. We're here to address all your questions and provide peace of mind as you choose our moving services in Brooklyn.

What are your working hours?

We are open from Monday to Friday, 7:30 AM–5 PM, but feel free to contact us through our contact form anytime. We'll get back to you ASAP.

Does U.Santini Moving & Storage offer insurance?

Absolutely! We offer various types of insurance to protect your belongings, including a full replacement option. The cost depends on how much your things are worth and the deductible you choose.

How soon should I schedule my move?

It's a good idea to book your moving company at least 8 weeks before your move. If you're moving during the holidays or in the summer, it's best to schedule it 12 weeks ahead. But if your move is between September and May, you can often book movers with just 2 weeks' notice. The key is to secure your moving crew as soon as you have all the details about your move.

Do you provide packing supplies?

Yes, we do. Along with the necessary boxes and packing materials for your move, we offer various 'Saver' packages tailored to the size of your home. If you don't use all the boxes you purchased, you can return them to our team after the move, and we'll refund the unused portion.

What type of storage do you offer?

At U. Santini Moving & Storage Brooklyn, we offer complete storage solutions in climate-controlled units. Our units are monitored 24/7 to keep your belongings safe, whether you need short-term or long-term storage. We even provide storage options for very short durations, including as little as 24 hours.

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