Surprising Additional Charges You May Have To Pay When Moving

30 October 2015
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There's a good chance that you'll be moving in the near future, since 35% of Americans moved within the last five years. There are many surprising costs that you will need to be prepared for that are simply a natural part of moving. By being aware of these expenses ahead of time, you might be able to find ways to reduce them.

The Gratuity

Don't forget to tip the movers. While it is not required, it is considered customary to tip movers about $20 to $30 per person. If they will only be moving your belongings for a half-day, you can tip about $10. If you aren't sure what is acceptable, talk with a professional, like Movers 201 Inc, to see what a good rate is in your area.

Extra Supplies

While you will obviously need moving supplies, budget for more moving supplies than you think you will need. Purchase boxes in bulk rather than purchasing them individually from retailers, since you will receive a discount. Also, consider the loss of supplies that you do not intend to bring with you, such as cleaning supplies. It will be expensive to replace them.

Your Insurance

It may be a good idea to shop around for different car insurance policies because your rates might go up when you move to a new location. More densely populated areas have higher insurance premiums. Also, if you move to an area where residents earn more money, you will need to pay higher premiums. You may also see an increase in your health insurance rates because not all health insurance companies are licensed in every state. Research how much comparable health insurance policies are to find out if your rates will go up.

Local Credit

If you owe money to any local stores, you should consider paying off your debt. However, you should not close any credit card accounts unless necessary because these accounts will have an impact on your credit score. Otherwise, you could end up with higher interest rates.

Location Fees

The driving charges you will have to pay the moving company can be higher if you live in an unusual area. For instance, if your home is in a location that has been newly constructed, it can take longer for the movers to find your home. While weight fees play into the total moving cost, don't forget about gas fees. You may want to move some items to a storage unit to meet the movers halfway.

Also, moving companies usually have standard carrying limits and if characteristics of your move cause the company to be forced to carry your belongings beyond the standard carrying limit, you are much more likely to pay higher fees--especially if you are in the military and move overseas. If your new home is on a high-rise, you may be charged an elevator fee. While these fees can be troublesome, if you are aware of them, you will be able to properly budget for them.