There are always costs that come with moving into a new home. To make sure you’ve got your moving budget in order, here are 5 common expenses you’ll face as soon as you start unpacking.
Furniture is the #1 expense you need to budget for after you move. If you’re starting over with a clean slate you may be expecting these costs, but even still you’ll want to budget out more than you think. A good way to make sure you’re budgeting accordingly is by browsing sites like Wayfair, World Market, Restoration Hardware, Pottery Barn and IKEA and creating wish lists of the things you need. On the other hand, if you’re brining furniture from your old home, you definitely want to budget out for new decor as well. Sometimes your old furniture just doesn’t fit aesthetically or physically into your new space and you’ll need to upgrade to new decor pieces.
2. Landscaping Costs
Moving into a new home always requires some sort of landscaping costs right off the bat. Whether you’re moving into a home that was vacant for some time or are moving into a brand new home, you’ll want to budget for things like snow removal and landscaping. Whether it’s something simple like the grass needing to be mowed or something more in-depth like a tree needing to be cut down because it’s too close to the house, it’s always a good idea to have a few hundred to a thousand dollars set aside for these things.
3. Membership & Startup Fees
Whether you’re moving a few towns away or across the country, you’ll need to set up new utility services. In some cases utility deposits can run into the hundreds of dollars. This of course doesn’t apply to all cases, but it’s something you should be prepared for just in case. On the flip side of this, leaving your old home you may have to pay to get out of previous cable or internet contracts depending on what you signed up for. Besides utility startup costs, there are always the fees of signing up for a new gym, community center or wholesale club membership.
4. Repair Costs
Moving into a new home always requires some sort of repair or replacement. Whether it’s the wall you accidentally nicked while moving your couch in or the facet that won’t stop leaking, there will always be something you need to replace or purchase. The better you budget out for the unexpected, the more prepared you will be when the expense comes up.
Oftentimes when you’re moving into a new home, it’s easier to store bigger belongings or unused items until you can find the space for it. In addition, there’s also the case of having to store your items when your old home unexpectedly closes before you can move into your new home. It’s always good to budget out for these things just in case they do arise.