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Yeah, you have finally reached the last milestone of your home buying process and have received the key to your house. It's moving day. Here are some moving expenses that you should factor in your budget: 

1. Peak surcharges. Many moving companies raise rates during busy summer times and weekends. Have a flexible schedule and relocate in an off-peak period to save money. 

2. Packing materials and equipment. Boxes, bubble wrap and packing tape can add up quickly. Estimate accurately of what you need or seek free materials from friends or online. If you are not hiring a professionals, try tenting these items to save money - furniture covers, hand trucks and bungee cords. 

3. Excess cargo. Movers usually factor the number and weight of items into the bill. To save money, donate or sell what you can before your move. 

4. Cleaning. If you have a security deposit at your current place, housecleaning services typically charge between $200 to $300 for a one-time cleaning. You will save money by doing some or all of the work yourself. 

5. Utilities.  Watch for deposits, taxes, and connection and installation fees hen setting up utilities. Ask these companies about charges in advance. 

6. Food. Think snacks for the road, restocking the refrigerator and pantry and feeding friends who've helped. Go to Costco could save you money. 

7. Lost or damaged items. Some belongings might not survive the journey. It may be worth purchasing protection to repair or replace property. If you have homeowners or renters insurance, you likely have some coverage but check your policy to confirm. 

8. Tips. Movers appreciate tips after a long day of heavy lifting. A good rule of thumb is 5 percent of the total bill. 

9. Storage. If you can't immediately move your possessions into your new home, you might have to rent a self-storage unit.Costs vary by size and location. The less time and space you need, the less expensive it will be. 

Moving is a huge undertaking. Mentally walk through the process from start to finish and outline the potential items and services you will need at least a month in advance. Then research prices and get multiple estimates for the best deals and services. 













Posted by Sam Kader on September 2nd, 2018 7:33 PM

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