With your big move on the horizon, we have no doubt that you have spent a large portion of your time anticipating, calculating, and re-calculating every foreseeable moving expense. We’re a little apprehensive about being a downer with the following bit of news: chances are, you’re not 100% prepared for what’s coming.
The unfortunate fact of the matter is that most people will encounter unexpected costs during their move. These costs can really rock your budget and set your teeth on edge. Frankly, it’s additional stress that you don’t need.
To avoid your being caught off guard, we’ve compiled this list of common expenses that you should plan for:
New Home, New Insurance
It’s annoying but true; your address has an effect on your insurance. This applies not only to your home insurance, but to your vehicle and health insurance rates as well. In some cases, you may need to switch to a completely new insurance provider. Try to sort out this paperwork in advance, if you can, as this could grant you a slightly sweeter deal.
New Furnishings, Higher Price Tag
If you’re moving to a larger house, you’re going to have some extra space to fill. If you decided to get rid of your household appliances and smaller items because it didn’t seem worth it to drag them along, you’re going to be shopping for replacements. Make sure you cover these potential costs in your budget.
Spring Cleaning, High Pricing
You’re probably going to have two hefty cleaning bills on your hands. Your old home will need a serious spring clean before you move. After all, it’s only polite to leave the house in good condition before its new owners move in. If you’re lucky, your new home will be dusty enough to warrant a thorough cleaning. If you’re unlucky, your new house will be an apocalyptic mess and require a full cleaning crew. Either way, be prepared to stock up on cleaning supplies for your new nest.
Store it, Pay for It
For whatever reason, you might not be able to move into your new home immediately. You might even find that your new pad is smaller than you expected. In either of these cases you’ll need to arrange storage space for your belongings. Choose between long or short term storage solutions, and add the fees to your budget. If you need assistance with this, contact us for a storage quote.
These are the most common unforeseen costs associated with a big move. It may be in your best interests to set aside some extra cash for miscellaneous expenses to ensure that absolutely nothing catches you off guard.