Hi there, I'm Corey Suedel. I created this site to explore moving tips and tricks for your home. The moving process takes a lot of time and effort to complete without any problems cropping up. When moving your belongings, it pays to take the time to create an inventory list and purposefully arrange the items in each box. The time you put into the preparation process definitely pays off while unloading and unpacking. The inventory list also helps track down items that may have been left on or off the moving truck. I will also explore situations that warrant hiring professional movers for your relocation project. Thank you for visiting my website. I hope to see you again soon.
When it comes to moving home, the stress and distractions caused by the process can cause many people to misjudge the cost of their move. Planning a home move by yourself is a tricky task as there are many hidden costs that you may not have accounted for. To keep you right, here's three of the most common hidden costs:
Cleaning Your Property
For many people, cleaning the house before they leave is the biggest headache involved with a move. However, it's best to put in a bit of elbow grease and get the job done properly. The reason for this is that estate agents will charge a fee if they have to pay for cleaning themselves. If you're renting, you run the risk of losing your security deposit if the place isn't left the way you found it.
As such, you have two options when it comes to cleaning your property. Firstly, you could go to your local hardware store and buy a bunch of cleaning products and equipment. Although this may seem like the most economical way of doing things, the cost of cleaning products can quickly ramp up. Additionally, moving is a very stressful time, and the prospect of cleaning the house from top to bottom may be too much for some people.
Your second option is to hire a professional cleaning company to ease the burden on you. Many people opt for this as it is a convenient choice that allows them to focus their energy on moving home. However, cleaning companies aren't a cheap purchase. The costs incurred will vary depending on the size of your home and its current condition, but you should ask for quotes from several companies to allow you to compare.
Many people fail to factor in the costs of actually packing their stuff and getting it loaded on to a truck. However, the cost of packing your belongings should be carefully thought out so that you don't end up paying over the odds.
Packing requires more than just empty boxes. To properly protect your belongings, you're going to need protective supplies such as bubble wrap and construction tape. While the initial outlay will increase when purchasing these supplies, the financial (and emotional!) cost of damaging your belongings would be much worse.
Hiring a Truck
One of your biggest outlays when planning a DIY home move is the cost of transportation. If you're lucky, you might know someone who can get you a reasonably sized truck for free; however, most likely you'll have to fork out more than a few dollars.
The reason trucks are so expensive to rent is because they come with their own hidden costs. The initial outlay to hire a truck for a weekend may seem reasonable, but you have to factor in all of the running costs incurred as well. The most obvious of these is undoubtedly gas. If you're moving a considerable distance, the cost of running the truck can become huge. Particularly if you have to do more than one trip, gas costs can leave a considerable hole in your wallet.
Usually, hired moving trucks aren't in great shape. They won't give you good fuel economy due to their poor condition and inefficiency. Additionally, once you add on the weight of all your belongings, your fuel efficiency will plummet. If you are intent on hiring a truck to move yourself, be sure to accurately factor the cost of transportation into your budget.
While you'll likely still have to pay for the cleaning (unfortunately!), you can consolidate your transportation and packaging costs by hiring a moving company. Moving companies like Canadian Van Lines have great experience in managing your move, making the whole process run more smoothly and efficiently. Additionally, your hidden costs will be greatly reduced as you'll only have to pay one fee upfront to have your belongings packed and transported.Share
6 April 2015