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.
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
- 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.
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
- 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!