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Total Care Movers & Storage : Hidden Interstate Moving Expenses that Could Jack up your Final Bill

February 1, 2021

Planning a budget and keeping to it can seem almost impossible these days, and when doing the interstate moving, it is often fraught with unexpected costs. Such costs can add up, which is why it is important to consider every aspect of your move. Most importantly it is essential to choose a quality interstate removalist such as Total Care Movers & Storage. When it comes to choosing a moving company, many people make the mistake of trying to save money. But beware, cheap movers can cost you more. Professional furniture removalists are expensive for a reason, and a good mover is well trained to move your items safely. Secondly, if a good mover does damage your things, they can arrange to fix it. So, although you might have a fixed amount in mind for your interstate removalist company, spending a few hundred extra dollars on your move will offer you a better experience overall. An efficient, professional and reliable intestate removalist could potentially save you thousands. Below are 10 ways your interstate relocation can cost you more than you anticipated. Factor these things into your budget so you are prepared and so your interstate moving does not cause any undue financial stress.

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  • Fuel & Flights 

How are you and your family getting to your new home? What are current fuel prices? Or perhaps you are transporting your vehicle via rail to your new interstate home and travelling via plane. How much will flights be for you and your family? Don’t forget to factor in uber or taxi charges between your home and the airport.

  • Accommodation

Don’t forget your interstate furniture removalist will have your bed loaded into a container so it may not be there the moment you get your keys and arrive to your new home. Sleeping on the floor is uncomfortable, and after a long trip, you may reasonably opt to stay in a hotel overnight. It’s a good idea to budget for at least one night in a hotel upon your arrival to your new home. Your pets will need somewhere to stay too. So consider where you might need to house your fur babies during your interstate move and book well in advance, especially if you are moving during peak periods when animal boarding houses fill their vacancies well in advance.

  • Storage

Every move is different. People move for a variety of reasons, sometimes temporarily, so placing items in storage is a wise option for many people. Storage costs can vary depending on your needs. Do you need your items easily accessible or do you require a higher level of security for special items?

  • Parking

If the movers have to park illegally in order to unload your possessions, there’s a good chance they could receive a parking ticket—and if they do, you’ll be on the hook to pay for it. The way around this problem is to obtain a parking permit from the council in your new area a week or two in advance if you think the moving truck won’t have a place to park.

  • New items

A new home will not be carbon copy of your old home so your existing furniture or décor may not work in your new home especially if you are moving interstate into a different climate where house construction, style and layout can be vastly different. This means you will need to allocate a budget for new items. To settle into your new home well, you may need to purchase a number of new items in order to make your new house feel like a home.  For example, if you are moving from Adelaide to Brisbane, you may find your new home has a larger backyard with a back or front veranda. Many homes have verandas which are part-enclosed to make the most of indoor/outdoor living. This means you will need to buy outdoor furniture to make the most of this feature, or you might need to employ the services of a regular gardener.

And don’t forget the kitchen pantry! It’s not only new items you will need to purchase but also food! Moving companies will not transport perishable food items, so you’ll either have to transport them yourself, or toss them out. Often, perishable foods simply take up too much room in a vehicle, and you’ll probably opt to leave them with neighbours and then restock your pantry when you arrive at your new home.

  • Cleaning

If you are selling your home or finalising a lease, you will need to thoroughly clean your home. You can choose to do this yourself, in which case you will need to buy the right products and equipment, or you can hire a professional cleaning company who can carry out an “end of lease” full house clean. This can cost anywhere from $400 to $800 depending on the size of your home. Also, the condition of your new home may not be up to your standard, you may choose to get the carpet, tiling, blinds, oven or driveway paving, cleaned by professionals who specialise in these household features. This will also add a considerable amount to your moving budget.

  • Insurance

Accidents can happen to anyone, but when they happen to your prized possessions during the moving process, you could take a financial loss. A reputable moving company will offer basic insurance against damage, but if you’re moving high priced items, such as big screen TVs or electronics, you may want to purchase additional insurance to cover the replacement cost of a damaged item.

Renting a moving truck (or trailer) and driving it to your new address can save a lot of money, but unlike contracting with a professional mover, you won’t have any insurance coverage on items you accidentally damage.

  • Takeaway

What will you eat on your journey and what will you eat when you get there? If you are driving then stopping along the way to feed your family will add considerable costs, not to mention the cost of airline food and drinks which can set you back a lot of money.  When you arrive at your new interstate home you will not have your usual cooking items, plus you may be exhausted, so it’s understandable why many families choose to order takeaway. Once again, these costs add up!

  • Specialty & Difficult Item Surcharge 

When moving with a good, quality interstate removalist, they will offer specialised protection and moving options for any specialty items. Specialty items include items such as billiard tables, spas, pianos, etc. In saying this, Total Care Movers & Storage move only certain pianos, so enquire about specific items and ensure that they can be moved. In saying this, any items that do require specialised protection and crating can cost extra in packing materials. If the item is expensive, it can be worth spending the extra money for additional protection, avoiding the possibility of damage to the item.

  • Days off work

Unlike a local removal which can be completed in a day or two, an interstate removal requires more planning and travel, meaning it is a much longer process. Once your furniture has been packed up and loaded for a long-haul interstate journey, it can take anywhere from 4-10 days to arrive at your destination. It is likely that during this time you will need to take time off work, which can easily set you back. When planning the budget for your interstate removal, it is beneficial to factor in time off work, so you aren’t hit with any unexpected loss of income.

So, there you have it. Here are some of the ways in which an interstate removal can unexpectedly cost you more than you initially thought. Lucky at Total Care Movers & Storage, we are here to help. We want to make sure your interstate move is as seamless as possible and that means not blowing the bank! Consider some of these hidden costs when budgeting for your interstate removal, to ensure that you are as prepared as you can be.