Hidden Moving Expenses to Factor into Your Budget

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Moving Budget

Let’s face the facts — moving is expensive. In most cases, you’re forking over cash for moving supplies, a truck, and movers, plus the additional cost of a security deposit or down payment for wherever you’re heading. But, those are somewhat obvious expenses to factor into your moving budget. What about those hidden costs that sneak up on you and make life difficult? It’s best to expect the unexpected. So, we’ve rounded up a few of those here to help you avoid any nasty surprises. Now you can just focus on getting your stuff unpacked!

1. Transferring Utilities

You probably expect some changes in what you’re paying for basic utilities, especially if you’re relocating to a much larger space. But, you should also remember that you might be charged for transferring different services. Cable and internet companies are somewhat well-known for nickle-and-diming you any chance they get. So, prepare yourself for the possibility that you might have to pay a fee to move your modem or get a new cable jack installed.

2. Obtaining a New ID

If you’re moving to a new address that you believe will be somewhat permanent, you’ll likely want to get a new driver’s license or ID with your updated address information on it. Keep in mind that most DMVs charge a fee to print a current license. While the fee is typically pretty cheap — usually around $15 — it’s something to remember!

3. Car Insurance Premiums

When you’re settled in, you’ll need to go through and change your address on absolutely everything. This also means updating your car insurance company about your new location. However, it can be easy to forget that your car insurance premiums depend heavily on where you’re located. Did you move to a new place without a garage? Did you switch from a more rural location to a spot that’s more urban? Do you now depend solely on street parking? All of these changes can raise your car insurance rates, so make sure you account for any increases in your monthly payment!

4. Replacement Items

No, I’m not talking about replacing things that the movers manage to break — and I’ll cross my fingers that you don’t even need to worry about that! But, if you’re traveling a long distance, you likely discarded most of your condiments and cold food items before you left. Things like ketchup, butter, mayo, and salad dressings can add up really quickly. So, make sure that you’ve factored the cost of replacing these into your moving budget. It seems small, but it can make a pretty big difference!

Moving will probably never be cheap. But, covering your bases and ensuring that you’ve included almost every last thing in your budget will help to keep you on track. Now you just need to haul all of those boxes!

Kat Boogaard

Kat Boogaard

Kat Boogaard is a Midwest-based freelance writer and blogger who loves lending her voice to a variety of publications and organizations. When she manages to escape from behind her computer screen, she enjoys reading, babying her rescued terrier mutt and obsessively organizing her entire home.
Kat Boogaard
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About Kat Boogaard

Kat Boogaard is a Midwest-based freelance writer and blogger who loves lending her voice to a variety of publications and organizations. When she manages to escape from behind her computer screen, she enjoys reading, babying her rescued terrier mutt and obsessively organizing her entire home.