With new housing costs, deposits, and hiring help, moving can be expensive. That’s why it’s important to plan in advance and save for moving expenses. But have you anticipated all the costs?
Here is a short checklist of moving expenses that are sometimes overlooked. Avoid unexpected moving costs by making your plans with this list in mind.
Cars Are a Moving Expense
Especially if you’re moving long-distance, be sure to factor in gas or shipping for getting your vehicles to your new home. And you will need to change your driver’s license and registration, which comes with a cost, too.
Consider the Expense of Cleaning Services
When you leave your old home, will you need to shampoo the carpet? Will you have time to sweep and scrub the fridge? You may want to hire a cleaning service to take care of these and other cleaning tasks when you move out—and possibly someone to make sure your new place is in move-in condition, too.
Utility Deposits and Other Expenses
Utility companies often charge a deposit for a new customer, and they may charge a hook-up fee for cable and other utilities. And when you leave your old house, there is sometimes an expectation that you will leave a tank of oil. Check your utility startup and leaving costs before you move.
Check on Insurance Changes
Call your new car insurance, homeowners or rental insurance, and health insurance companies to get clear numbers on new costs. Insurance can change with your address and you’ll want to factor in any rate hikes to avoid unexpected moving costs.
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Replacing Items Can Run Up Moving Expenses
Don’t overlook replacement costs for big-ticket items like appliances and furniture. Even if you bring all your old things with you, you may need new items to fill your new space properly: New blinds, shelving, and décor can really add up. Make a budget for this to avoid unexpected costs.
Add Storage Units to Your Moving Costs
Will you need short- or long-term storage for your belongings? Storage units are a common unexpected moving expense. If you need storage, check with your moving company for advice and good deals.
Factor in Your Moving Company
You won’t forget your moving company, but make sure you get a firm written estimate that accounts for all costs. Reputable movers like Few Moves Moving Company will always provide you with a detailed estimate that doesn’t include hidden costs.
For local or long-distance moving, call Few Moves today at (919) 999-6201 in Raleigh or (910) 512-6999 in Wilmington, NC or request a free quote online.