How to Plan for Moving Costs

Posted on Dec. 09, 2013 by Mov_CanPost in smartmoves

When it comes to moving, there are costs involved (once your move gets beyond a few friends and a pickup truck). Here’s what you’ll need to consider– and some tips to keep costs under control.

Transportation for possessions, people, and even the family pet needs to be considered. Whether using a moving company or a rental truck, know that the size of your load, the distance you will be moving, and the time of the month will be the primary cost factors. If you have some flexibility on your moving date, you can reasonably expect to save up to 40%, compared to high-demand moving times. Expect to pay between $100 to $200 per hour for a same day move. If you are moving any distance, remember to plan for gas, food, lodging, and air or train fares involved in moving yourself and family members. When pets make the move, they need cages and a vet visit – if your pet will be flying to your new home, you will need to pay a fee from $50 to $200 per animal.

Deposits are a moving cost that often gets overlooked. If you are moving into a rental apartment, you may need to pay first and last month’s rent immediately (this varies by province). Utility companies often charge security deposits before they will connect services like electricity, gas, cable, and phone/internet. These deposits can quickly add up to hundreds of dollars. A good credit rating might prompt utilities to waive the deposit requirement – but you will have to ask.

Convenience costs – but it is worth planning for. The weeks before a move are busy, busy, busy! And, as more of the kitchen gets packed away, cooking becomes tougher. Fatigue and the need to save time often lead to restaurants and takeout becoming the household’s main source of meals. So build it into your budget and relax a little. Another great convenience, a post-move cleaning service, can save you a gritty day of cleaning when you are already exhausted. It costs about $200 per 1,000 square feet to get your home scrubbed, mopped, vacuumed, and dusted. Save add-on fees by tackling the tough stuff, like the oven and fridge, a few weeks before your moving date.

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