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Are There REALLY Moving Expenses Too?

boxMoving can be an incredibly stressful and expensive ordeal even in College Station, Tx. There are a ton of big and small expenses that sometimes add up to something unwieldy; the amount of labor involved is immense and tiring; there are so many things to keep track of, schedule, and reorganize– it’s easy for something to be overlooked.

After the obvious cost of  buying a home, most people who are planning a move know they usually have to pay for a moving company or a rental truck. However, a lot of the other expenses are often forgotten; this, of course, can be a troubling obstacle if you haven’t included these expenses into your budget. If all the factors aren’t considered, there is a possibility of encountering a road block during your move.

 One of the most important things to think about when moving is the difference in your cost of living. If you are moving to a new city or state, it is important to calculate the cost beforehand so you can get an idea of the difference you’d be be paying. This is often the most difficult part because of how many factors go into the cost of living. Energy costs, like electricity and gas, vary from state to state as do the costs of auto and homeowners insurance. In fact, you may not even need to change states for your insurance rates to go up; sometimes your premiums can rise just moving a few miles away. Beyond that, income, sales, and property taxes also have a big impact on an area’s cost of living.

For the move itself, it is important to consider a few things for your budget; the first being moving supplies– like boxes, tape, markers, paper and bubble wrap. Boxes alone can end up costing you around $200; they are about $2 each and the average house requires about 100 boxes. You can cut this cost by going to your supermarket and seeing if they have any extra boxes to spare (They’re usually going to throw them away, so you have to ask an employee).

If you are doing the moving yourself, another cost to consider for the actual move is insurance. Even if you hire a moving company, it’s not be a bad idea to get extra coverage since the cheapest, no-additional-fee option typically only pays you pennies per pound if your possessions are lost or damaged.

Once you arrive in your new house, you’re going to have to shoulder a few more fees and expenses to establish yourself and making everything comfortable. A few things to consider for the budget are deposits and connection fees for utility, phone and television companies. These companies usually charge $50 to $100 each to establish service, depending on the provider and area.

Something very important to think about is changing the locks on your new house is another cost to consider since you have no idea how many keys the previous owner gave out, or to whom.

Also, consider the cost of buying new appliances,  lamps, rugs, window treatments  or more furniture to make your new space more comfortable. Even if you don’t need big home furnishings like those, you’ll most likely need to visit a store for various odds and ends like hooks, racks, shelves and organizers.

These are just a few of the costs of moving that people often forget about, and, depending on your situation, you may have more or less than this to deal with. But as long as you are aware of your needs before, during, and after the move, you’ll be able to budget out your expenses and make your move as smooth as possible.


Susan Hilton

Century 21 Beal, Inc.


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