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5 Unexpected Moving Costs to Look Out For

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In 2020, moves between provinces decreased by almost nine percent. A large reason for that was the large moving costs that typically come with long-distance moves.

While moving itself is already expensive enough, it's really easy to forget about the hidden costs of moving when you're in the thick of it.

Luckily, we're here to help you have everything covered. Read on to learn 5 of the biggest hidden moving expenses to be on the lookout for.


1. Utility Deposits

Utility deposits can run anywhere from $150 to $400, and it's easy to forget that you have to pay them.

Before you switch anything or move anywhere, call up the utility companies wherever you're moving and ask them how much the deposit is going to be. This is going to make it easier for you to budget and save for your move.

2. Forgetting About Memberships

This is a big one, and it doesn't only happen with memberships. It can happen if you forget to let your utility company know you're moving and you can't get your deposit back.

But, mostly, it happens with memberships. Whether it's your gym, a grocery delivery service, country club, or spa membership, a lot of things automatically roll over each month and it's easy to forget where you're placing your money.

If you're moving out of the area, make sure you check your monthly bank statements for memberships you're no longer going to need.

3. Fuel Expenses

Whether you're making a long-distance move with Appleby Moving and Storage or not, it's important to take the cost of fuel into consideration — especially if you're doing everything yourself.

Most moving truck companies will charge you by the kilometre, plus expect you to fill the tank before returning your rental. While it's easy enough to calculate the distance between the pickup spot, your old home, and your new one, you never know when you're going to need to make another unexpected trip.

It's always best to overestimate and overbudget in these situations.

4. Pets

While your pet might be your best friend, it can be easy to forget the things they might need when you're in the middle of moving and the expenses that come along with it.

Whether it's extra food, a vet visit, or boarding expenses, having a checklist for moving with pets is always handy.

5. Unexpected Hotel Stays

This one is especially important if you're moving to a different province. Instead of swearing you'll be able to drive through the night, give yourself an extra day, pick a town on the way, and stop for a night to get some rest and do some sightseeing.

Watch Out for These Unexpected Moving Costs

When it comes to unexpected moving costs, these five things alone can be enough to overwhelm anybody. But with a bit of preparation and a whole lot of planning, you can ensure any hidden costs of moving house are covered.

To make sure you stay prepared, Appleby Moving and Storage is here to help for all your moves to and from Burlington. Get started with your free quote today.



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