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Nov 22 2016

Unexpected Moving Expenses

Buying or renting a new place is expensive no matter how you go about it. When you’re house hunting, you’re probably not thinking about moving expenses because all you want is to find the best place, at the right price in a decent neighborhood. Once you purchase a home or sign a lease and pick a moving date, costs start piling up. Not all of these expenses are anticipated, so read our blog post below to learn more about costs that can sneak up on you.

Insurance Rates and Coverage

Insurance rates, including car, health or renter’s insurance, are subject to change when you move. Car insurance often changes based on population, income and accident rates in the area. Coverage for car and health insurance can differ on a state-to-state basis. Renter’s insurance also depends on where you live, so investigate rate and/or coverage changes as soon as possible.

Storage Costs

Self-storage units are a great option, but the costs can increase quickly, particularly if you need to keep belongings there for an extended period of time. Constant traveling to the unit can also raise your gas expenses and wear and tear on your car. Make sure to only store things that are absolutely necessary and try to find a unit near your new house.

Replacement Appliances and Supplies

You might to replace old or broken appliances in your new home. You might also notice that your supplies are old and broken, but you now require them for the new house. It’s possible you may even need items that you did not in the previous house.

Change in Utilities

Utilities like gas, electricity and water are necessary, but there are also hidden costs that can pop up. If you buy a larger house, you might be charged more for your utilities. To initiate utility service, you may need to provide a deposit. Cancelling or transferring services might also require payment. Keep careful records of utility bills and any that overlap to confirm you aren’t overcharged.

Mailing Address Change

Make sure you change your address and have your mail forwarded to your new address before you’ve completely moved in. You will receive all correspondence in a timely fashion and be able to pay bills without incurring late fees or losing documents. Even when the new resident is kind enough to return your mail to the post office so it can be forwarded, it still might arrive too late.

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