Moving is stressful, and expensive too! Whether you are moving neighborhoods or moving cross-country, you are forced to make tough choices like what to keep and what to get rid of.
While there is no way to get around these facts, it'll help if you go into your move with some awareness. Thus, we bring you 10 hidden costs of moving.
1. Packing supplies (if you're packing yourself)
You'll need to invest in supplies like boxes, bubble wrap, and tape.
These items can add up quickly. The better quality — and therefore more expensive — supplies you buy, the more protected your things will be.
Being cheap here won't help in the long run.
2. Purchasing moving insurance
Although most movers will be careful with your properties, things happen and items break, which is why it is recommended that you get an insurance. The majority of moving companies will propose insurance options, so you can decide how much to get, depending on how much you have to move and how valuable your things are.
3. Boarding your pets
Many people who move locally and who have older pets or pets who are prone to anxiety end up boarding their pet overnight. This way, the animal will be out of the way and they will not be exposed to the stress that moving often brings. But, boarding can be pricey, even if it is just for a night.
4. Stair fees
If you are moving into a building that has stairs but not a lift, you might get stuck paying a stair fee. Most moving companies charge extra cash if they have to lug your belongings up a stairwell rather than just sticking it in an elevator.
5. Fees for moving especially large items
Most good movers will come to your home and conduct an inspection to see how much stuff you have before your move. That way, when moving day arrives, they will know exactly what they are going to be packing and transporting.
If they don't, you might be hit with some extra day-of charges. If you own any particularly large or cumbersome items — think a pool table, a big armoire, a piano — you should make sure your movers know about that in advance.
6. Renting storage space
For many people, moving is an opportunity to upgrade to a bigger space, but that is not always the case. For instance, if you're not able to fit a shelving unit into the new apartment, you might be forced to find storage space for the item while you figured out what to do with it.
Having to store items could mean an additional monthly fee.
7. Re-buying items once you've moved in
While you should not get rid of everything before a move, there are going to be some things that you are not going to want to bring to your new space.
Who wants to bring their old dirty plunger and their old broom that they have had for 10 years? You want to get a nice fresh one for your new space.
8. Buying furniture to fill your new space
What people forget when they move to a bigger space is that they'll need to fill that space with furniture. It's likely that the amount of furniture you had in your old home won't be enough.
Supposing you are moving from a small apartment in the city to a multi-level house in the suburbs. That means buying some costly pieces like beds, dressers, couches, and more.
9. A hotel stay
If your move does not happen in a day, you might end up booking a hotel room for a night — because who wants to sleep on the floor? Even less so after a stressful, long day of moving.
10. Tips for your movers
Movers do a lot of hard work and heavy lifting, and they deserve to be compensated accordingly. So keep in mind that the sticker price of your movers is not all you are going to pay.