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What are the costs of moving by yourself?


Moving is rarely as inexpensive or as straightforward as we’d want. For this reason, many people believe that renting a truck and recruiting volunteers is the best and easiest method to move from one home to another, but this is not the case for a long-distance relocation. We at moving U.Santini Moving & Storage know a thing or two about saving money on relocation, and we know what are the costs of moving by yourself. But if you want to save yourself the struggle, our moving and storage Brooklyn can help you move your belongings from point A to point B in no time.

Moving by yourself: Is it worth the struggle?

There are two ways to move, most people believe. Depending on the size, breadth, and intricacies of your relocation, certain choices may be worth considering more than others. If you’re willing to be flexible on delivery dates, your stuff may be professionally packed and protected on a moving truck, making its way to your new destination without you having to lift a finger. Of all, even if most large storage container businesses provide a free first month on a longer contract, you’ll still be charged extra for many loading and unloadings, not to mention the headaches and backaches you’ll be dealing with if you do it all yourself. You can take a look at what is the moving budget you need in Brooklyn here.

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Costs of moving by yourself may be higher than you think so hiring professionals would most likely pay off.

In any case, repeated handling puts your belongings in danger of harm. Better: freight transportation. If you don’t want to hire a mover or manage it all yourself, working with a freight shipper might save you money. If you just use 20 feet of a 28-foot truck, you only pay for 20 feet. After the first time of free storage, your things remain on the trailer rather than being emptied and reloaded in numerous places, and you are charged a daily cost (or a monthly price if you require that much space). The greatest part: no driving required. Heat, fog, slick roads, rain, and the general safety of your things are no longer issues. If it isn’t a relief, nothing is.

What are the costs of moving by yourself?

Let’s assume you really, really want to hire your own moving truck.
No issue. But… have you driven one? Cross-state? Across state lines? Can you keep it secure in a hotel parking lot? Also, how much will those hotel stays with all the extra taxes wind up costing you? Not to mention the one-way costs (which may run into the hundreds) for returning the vehicle to a different place than its origin. All of this adds up, so be sure to budget accordingly and consider hiring a professional mover. Here are all of your DIY move costs laid out. So that you can see clearly what you’re getting into and decide whether it’s worth it or not.

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Make sure to use high-quality moving boxes.

The most crucial question is whether or not you have enough supplies to do it yourself. That 3-4 bedroom suburban home you’re leaving? Everything will probably take two trucks (and so two trips) to move it all. So unless you’re ready to ask someone else to drive half your life’s goods with you (or make the trip back and forth again), you may get more than you bargained for… and that’s no deal.

Last but not least, if you’re pulling your automobile behind a leased moving truck, remember to back up. Getting into hotels, rest stops, and petrol stations may be challenging. Before you put yourself in a situation you can’t get out of, be sure you’re ready for it. It’s a joke. If you opt for a professional mover after all, make sure that their business is recognized by the Better Business Bureau before hiring them.

These guys are TRUE PROFESSIONALS! We've now moved with them twice (once in 2017 and then again this week) and we really can't say enough good things about them. Simi is incredibly easy to work with for scheduling and quotes, and the crews - John, Super Mario, and everyone - are just awesome. They're quick, incredibly careful and conscientious, and super friendly. If we ever move again (and god I hope we don't have to) we're absolutely calling them.

Allison "Elnoods" N.

From Brooklyn, NY

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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.

Areas We Serve

We bring our professionalism and expertise to every corner of New York City. If you are looking for a tailored moving experience, our responsive team of Brooklyn movers and packers is waiting for your call. Get your quote today!