Moving into a new home or new office and surrounding yourself in a different environment can be very exciting and offer a whole new host of opportunities. However, it can also be expensive. In 2015, research showed that the cost of moving had jumped up by 59 per cent over the last decade to reach nearly £12,000!
The good news is, this price can vary depending on location and an awareness of hidden costs. At KEJ Removals, we pride ourselves on our transparent pricing, which means you always know what you’re paying when you move with us. However, are you aware of some of the other costs that can arise when moving? These little things can add up – so to help, we have created a list of unexpected moving costs and how to avoid them…
Missed bill correspondence
Even though you have forwarded bills to the new address, the time that it could take for this to happen – depending on where you move to – could incur charges. Our advice is to switch to online correspondence to ensure that you get any bills directly. Most importantly, make a list of all of your recurring expenses and ensure that they are covered, cancelled or changed for the move. (Hint – always ensure you factor in the cost of a postal redirect when moving).
Cancellation of memberships
An often overlooked cost of moving is the cost of cancelling memberships for things such as the gym, clubs, swimming pools, and day care facilities. Do not make the mistake of assuming that you will be able to get out of a membership because you are moving. Some places may look for proof of an address change before cancelling the move or may have in their contract that it is not a grounds for moving. Check the fine print and get in touch with them as soon as possible.
Change in car insurance costs
It is a good idea to get a quote from your car insurance provider for the change in location. If you are moving from a more rural area into an urban, highly densely populated area, then you are more than likely to see an increase in your car insurance rates. Double check where the car will be parked in the new area as this will impact your car insurance rate. It may also be the case that in the new area you are required to have a parking permit – this information will be on the council’s website of whichever area you are moving to.
Hiring uninsured movers
An unforeseen cost that can cause problems is if there are any damages to goods in transit. We have a “Goods In Transit’’ insurance cover for up to £50k, which will protect your belongings from the moment they are placed onto our vans until they reach the safety of your new home or business. Failing to protect your move can leave you on the hook financially if anything were to go wrong, potentially costing you thousands of pounds in replacing or repairing damaged goods.
If you have any other queries about the cost of moving, then please do get in touch with one of our representatives and we will be happy to help.