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Unexpected Things to Budget for During a Cross Country Move

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Are you prepared for the curve balls long-distance moves can throw your way?

Long-distance moves are a pain in many ways, but a bloated budget doesn’t have to be one of them. Make room for surprise expenses in your moving plan. Being prepared can help you get into your new home without busting your budget.

Get a Written Estimate

Moving companies charge based on weight, miles, and the time it takes to move your items. A phone estimate usually isn’t binding. It’s best to schedule an in-person estimate. At Nilson Van, we can assess your needs and provide a written quote with a guaranteed price. You can also see all the fees and taxes included in the final cost.

Avoid Storage Fees

The one thing movers can’t prepare you for is a last-minute need for storage. If we arrive at your new location and aren’t able to get inside your new home or apartment, we’re not going to leave your boxes on the street. We’ll put them into temporary storage and schedule a follow-up delivery. The costs for those services can be expensive. Your contingency plan should include having someone onsite who can let us in as soon as your moving truck arrives.

Plan for Travel Expenses

Are you driving cross-country? Don’t forget to plan for food and lodging. Restaurants and hotels can gobble up your budget in no time. Consider packing meals ahead of time or relying on foods you buy fresh at the grocery store instead of the high cost of restaurants and fast food. Do some research before you go to find affordable hotels and motels on your route to your new home. Websites like Priceline and Hotwire can help you find inexpensive places to stay during a move.

What’s the best way to plan ahead? By talking to the right moving company that can help you prepare and complete your move without significant hiccups. We’ll also help you avoid unexpected costs so you can get your new life started on the right foot. Get in touch with the team of experts at Nilson Van & Storage today to request a written quote for your long distance move.



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