Moving costs – how to budget for them

Posted on July 05, 2013 by Mov_CanPost in smartmoves

Even if you’re moving no further than across the street, there will be moving costs. Figure them out in advance to save stress and money. Your moving costs are based on factors like the size of your home, buying vs. renting, the distance of the move, and even your personality – determined DIY-type or happy to let the pros step in whenever possible. Think about the following issues when planning your move budget.

Are you selling your existing home?  Then you’ll want to decide on the fixes like painting, landscaping, repairs, etc. that can add thousands of dollars in buyer appeal.  If your home holds all the contents of an active family, your Real Estate Agent may ask you to clear out most of your home and garage’s contents so that it shows better to prospective buyers – in which case you’ll need to rent storage.

Using a moving company. The contents of a modest family home’s move from Vancouver to Halifax will cost about $10,000 Vancouver to Halifax according Atlas Van Lines online calculator. You’ll also need to consider pro mover add-ons like the charge is for the truck’s transit time to your home, storage (if needed), assembly fees, replacement value cost and, if desired, a packing team.  Don’t forget to factor in the cost of your own transportation, whether a plane ticket or gas, food, and hotel if you are driving a long distance.

DIY – Renting a moving truck. The ad says “As low as $19.95 a day” but mileage, gas, return fees, and insurance quickly add up. If your move involves a long drive, you’ll need to factor in the cost of eating on the road and hotel nights. Even a move across town means buying beer and pizza for your helpful friends.

Childcare and pet-sitting. Unless your children are old enough to be unsupervised, you will want them safely out of the home on moving day. Pet shelters report an increase in lost pets in the week following traditional moving days. Help to make sure that your four-legged family member doesn’t get lost in the confusion by checking your dog or cat into pet daycare during the day(s) your possessions are being moved out and loaded up.

Utilities and other fees.  Have you remembered to budget for deposits for power, water, gas, and new phone and internet contracts? Moving between provinces means a new driver’s license and attendant fee.  If you belong to a profession with a licensing body, there could be a fee for provincial certification.

Sprucing up your new home is the fun part of a move! Whether it’s a new coat of paint and curtains, new furniture, or a full-on bathroom renovation – this outlay really puts your personal touch on your new home.  If your current appliances aren’t making the move, then include these big ticket items in the budget. Just don’t let the temptations of freshening up your home and possessions take control of your budget