Moving Costs: Some are Hidden

You need to know what questions to ask before you move. Unless your employer will be paying the tab for your move, there really are only two options when it is time to move:

  • Doing it yourself
  • Hiring a moving company

Both of these options will require you to lay out a bit of cash, but it is possible to not pay more than you have to if you anticipate, and budget for the hidden costs of moving that can show up unexpectedly to bite you where it hurts most… in the wallet.

Paying for Movers

Paying for one of the moving companies in your area to handle the logistics of your move might just be the least stressful way to move. What you need to know up front is that when movers get paid by the hour they might dawdle. The kind of contract that you opt for should only be decided on once you consult with reps from the moving company and check their references as well as checking to see if any complaints have been filed with the local BBB (Better Business Bureau).


Some professional movers will also do your packing for you. They will bring the packing supplies and do it all… for a charge, of course. Those that don’t offer that service might either sell supplies or include a few free boxes when you book the move. The point is, you will need to have boxes to pack all of your things in, packing materials to go inside the boxes to protect your belongings, blankets to protect your furnishings, tape, markers, etc. You could go out and pay for all of this, but this can get a bit expensive. You can also get boxes for free if you know where to look. The rest of the packing materials, aside from the tape, can be from things like newspapers you have saved for the move to use inside the boxes, socks to put your glasses in to protect them, Styrofoam plates in between your real plates to keep them from getting broken, your own blankets to cover your furnishings with, and Sharpie or kids markers that you have lying around to label all of the boxes.


Sometimes, you move out of your old place only to find that the new place isn’t quite ready yet. This can happen, for example, when the closing of your home is delayed by something. This can lead to another one of the hidden costs of moving… storage. If you come to find that you need to put some of your belongings in storage, this can cost you anywhere from $95 to $180, depending on the size and type of unit you rent. Some storage places will offer deals like $1 for your first month’s rent though, and this can really save you if you only need storage for a few days or a week or two.

Replacements, Deposits, and More

This might seem to be something that is insignificant, but it really isn’t. Think about everything that you threw out when you moved. This might include things like cleaning supplies, spices, food, etc. If you are moving out of state, this list can grow exponentially. You will have to think about replacing driver’s licenses or state IDs, tags on your vehicles, any county or city stickers that could be required for your vehicle, and more.

Then, there are all of the other things that you might not have thought about. These could include things like pet transportation, gym memberships, and more.

You will also need to keep in mind that most of the time, you will have to pay a deposit for your utilities to be started up. These can be as much as $180.

All of these things need to be factored into your budget when you are planning a move.


Skye About Skye

Real Mom Review's founder and main author, Skye Moyer is a 27 year old, stay at home mother of four beautiful children who is currently traveling all over the U.S. in her RV! She has been married to her best friend for almost 10 years and is happiest when surrounded by family & friends!

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