It doesn’t matter how far you are moving – you are likely to run into a few extra costs that you might not have considered. 

Moving home is already expensive – and that is with the costs you already know about. So what about when you throw ones you weren’t expecting in the mix? 

It could lead to a financial disaster. 

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Security deposit

While most of us expect to get the security deposit back – not everyone does. Depending on your landlord, you might end up having to pursue legal action to see your cashback. 

Most of the time, it is small things like hanging pictures (putting holes in the wall) or changing the colour of the paint on the wall. 

If you’ve been in the same property for a while, you might not notice the wear and tear after a while. 

Some landlords will try anything they can do to make sure you don’t get your deposit back. 

Moving company

Your moving company is usually an obvious cost, but if you have tried to go for a cheaper option – be prepared for some issues. 

Choosing a high-quality moving company like North American Van Lines from the start will save you problems later. 

Cheaper companies might not care if they damage or lose your items, and they are less likely to have the insurance to cover it either. 

Bulky items

Most good moving companies will do an inspection ahead of time so they can give you the best price. If they don’t offer an inspection, but upon arrival, tell you that everything is going to be more expensive – you’re stuck without a backup. 

Make sure all of your bulky items are accounted for and you have a quote that makes sense.

Overnight holding fees

Imagine that something goes wrong on the side of the new apartment. You arrive, but you can’t get your keys until tomorrow – Although you’ll do everything you can to avoid this, it’s not a guarantee.

You should check to see if the company you have chosen has any overnight holding face and make sure that you have that money in cash set aside just in case.

At the same time, looking at these hidden costs, you should consider if there are any stairs fees. If you move from a house into an apartment and the apartment is a few stories up. A lot of extra work for your movers.

Parking ticket

Make sure that you know exactly where your new parking is, and where friends and family can park on the day of the move itself. It can be that just a few short hours of a vehicle being parked in a no-parking zone or a private parking space; you can land a hefty fee.

So ahead of arrival make sure that you have the parking covered. Be prepared to park a little bit away from the property if it is in a busy area.

It is always a good idea to have plenty of conversations with your moving company, so you have a clear understanding of how much they charge what they charge for and why.

For more tips on moving house with ease: Great Tips for Moving House in 2022 – Simply T Nicole