Top unexpected moving costs

Top unexpected moving costs

The best approach when moving home is with the “expect the unexpected” mindset. While organizing a move can set us on the right track, and for the most part help keep us there, there are times when no matter how much we prepare, unexpected matters can arise.

This is especially true for moving expenses.While you may have budgeted costs concerning your actual movers expense, there are other, unexpected moving costs that should be taken into consideration as well, even if they don’t initially apply to your moving situation.

Check out our top unexpected moving costs


Your homeowner’s or renters insurance premium may experience an increase based on your new address. This is true for auto insurance as well. Luckily, you may also learn that your homeowner’s and auto insurance is decreasing, thanks to your new address.

This expense can be easily overlooked, landing its spot at the top of our list of unexpected moving expenses. Contact your insurance company to learn what bracket you fall under. You may be one of the lucky ones, and save money when moving home.

Security deposit

Be aware of any damages within your current home. This is especially important if you are moving from a rental property, and counting on your security deposit.

Fix, and clean anything that requires touch ups. In most cases, landlords will hold you liable for any functional, and cosmetic damages within the property.

As a result, your security deposit may be withheld to cover the costs of repairs. For more tips on how to avoid losing your rental deposit when moving.

Utility Fees

Depending on your current property, and the one you are about to relocate to, you may experience an increase in your monthly utility costs.If you are moving from an apartment to a house, it is more likely that you will experience an increase in utility costs, as a result of increased responsibilities for upkeep.

Contact your company ahead of time to learn of any possible changes, as most people don’t anticipate the cost difference for utility bills.You should also inquire about possible fees you may be faced with for connecting, disconnecting, and transferring services to your new home at this time.

New item purchases

Depending on your current living arrangement, you may be forced to make new purchases for your new place. You may be moving into a bigger place, and will be forced to buy additional furniture.Perhaps you now have space for that washer, and dryer you always wanted.

While these big-ticket items are more obvious, there are many smaller items that may be initially overlooked, but can really add up, in terms of costs. Creating a floor plan when moving can really help you prepare for your new space, and plan accordingly.


For the most part, we will know if our move will require storage services ahead of time. Obvious circumstances, such as selling current home before the new one is ready, will enable us to expect storage costs when moving.

There are instances when storage expenses may not be as obvious and forth coming.If you are downsizing, and absolutely cannot part with particular items that you simply don’t have the space for at your

new place, you will have no choice but to rent a storage unit. For the most part, you may not be aware of this until you begin your relocation process of sorting through your belongings.

Pro Tip  Sort and purge your home as soon as you learn you are going to relocate home to potentially avoid unexpected storage costs.


Most people find that they order out much more than usual while moving. This is largely due to the fact that all of the belongings are packed up for the move. While this expense may be expected, it can quickly add up to an amount that you did not anticipate for.

Take into consideration the places that are around the new place, and budget accordingly. Depending on where you are moving to, eating out may be more expensive than at your current residence. Scope out your new hood ahead of time to learn what to expect.

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