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Moving… It can be a joyful event, like buying your first house or a tearful occasion, as in an unexpected relocation. Regardless of the reason, sometimes some of your biggest expenses aren’t at all the big things you were thinking. I know this was the case with our recent move, so I thought I would share with you 5 unexpected costs of moving that we incurred during the process.
Ours was an exciting move, we were buying our first house. I swore I wouldn’t be one of those people, but when we found the house that was “the one,” we were too excited to think straight. To bring us back down to earth we sent in the professionals. We hired a company to come in and inspect every inch of the beloved house. Of course, we were a little bummed out to hear the problems, but it quickly gave us the reality check we needed.
Only to be expected, a house built in 1950 is going to have some problems. My husband and I weighed our options, and in the end decided that we were up for the challenge. This was our house. As we anxiously awaited the 45 days for closing, we planned for what we knew would have to be fixed before we moved in to our new home. We had the plumber and election hired and ready to start work before the ink dried on the paper closing day.
The thing is, I think we got so caught up in all of the big projects we forgot about how quickly small things add up. Here are a few of the things that we overlooked.
1. Moving Supplies
Getting free boxes was easy — what I didn’t prepare for was the cost of roll after roll of packing tape. It just isn’t something you think about, “Oh, I need to figure in 15 rolls of packing tape into the budget!” It definitely wasn’t an expense we thought of, and it added up.
Our move was local, so we decided to just use a pickup truck, instead of a large moving truck, and just make a few trips. The gas for doing this quickly added up. It isn’t just your gas you have to consider, as you don’t want to forget you to offer gas money to the people who come out and help or offer up their truck.
For about two weeks we ate out almost every meal. The first week the old house was packed, and then another week to get the house unpacked and find cooking utensils. For people who don’t eat out much, this comes as a little bit of a shock. Again you will need extra food for your faithful helpers as a thank you for their hard work. Once you make it through the move, then you have one of the scariest grocery shopping experiences ever ahead of you. The first trip after a move is going to cost you big! Without a doubt you tried to use up the pantry staples and freezer food before the transition, and it leaves you with an empty cabinet and fridge.
4. Light Bulbs and other household items
If you were a homeowner before, these cost might be more minimum. Either way a new house will bring on additional items needed whether it as a simple as blinds and light bulbs, these things add up. Being a previous renter, these expenses were a lot more. Not only did we use to rent, but we seriously upgraded in square footage. With more space comes more needs, plus it wasn’t just our house — we upgraded to 2.7 acres. Suddenly we needed door mats, a dust mop, door knobs, shovel, water hose and not to mention a new lawn mover capable of taking on this acreage.
Another caution — if the house you are buying has appliances don’t count on them working. We turned on the fridge felt it was cold and thought we were set, only to find days later our frozen food wasn’t frozen. So, right after buying a new lawn mover we made the trip back to Lowes for a new refrigerator.
5. Activation Fees and/ or Deposits
Because our move was local, I thought I would just transfer all of out services only to find out that 15 miles does make a difference in what is available. We had to go with new companies and there came additional activation fees and deposits that were unexpected.
We knew that becoming homeowners wouldn’t be easy, but I think we were just surprised at where the additional cost came from during this process. Were there any financial surprises involved in your last move?