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Packing up and moving to a new home is expensive no matter the distance. It's important to consider all expenses when budgeting for a big move. Empower yourself by becoming knowledgeable on what hidden cost may arise, and how to prepare for them.

Storing Your Belongings


It's possible that your closing date may get pushed back, making it so you cannot move into your new home on time. In a case like this, it's essential to have funds set aside for any storage needs. Typically, a storage unit can cost between $80 to $160 a month.


Utility Deposits


With all the excitement of moving to a new home, mundane responsibilities such as bills often pushed to the side. Understand that most utility companies require a deposit upon activating services. Make sure you are prepared, as the average utility deposit can cost you anywhere from $150 to $500.


Boarding Pets


Sometimes our favorite four-legged friends can become a hassle during the process of moving day. Ensure the safety of your pet by scheduling a stay at a local boarding kennel. Not only will this stop them from bolting out the front door, but it will also allow you the headspace to focus on having an efficient and organized move.


Replacing Food Items


Perishable foods, unfortunately, do not travel well and take up unnecessary space when moving. If you are unable to finish the food in your fridge before moving day comes, why not donate it to a food bank or give it to family and friends? Just make sure you set aside the funds needed for a grocery trip once you've arrived in your new home.