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The hidden costs of moving house

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When it comes to stressful times in your life, moving home can be right up there. The hassle of packing, finding a company to move your things, or doing it yourself and unpacking at the other end may fill you with dread. Moving home is a fact of life, so whether you are moving to a bigger place or downsizing, there are some hidden costs of moving house you will want to consider.

Moving costs you may not have thought about

You know there will be solicitors fees and all the other charges to do with the financial side of buying a new house, but there are also some additional costs to factor into your budget. These include:


Whether you are moving on your own or using a removal company, it is a good idea to take out insurance for your belongings. You can get a policy covering any possible damage during transit, cancellation, or delay coverage should the move not happen on the planned date. If you are using a removal company, check what their insurance covers and get any additional coverage you may need.


Moving things from your house and taking things off the walls can cause damage as you move out of your house, and you will need to repair these before you leave. Additionally, you may find unexpected damages at your new home that will require attention once you have moved in, so it’s best to set aside some money in the moving budget for this eventuality.


When you get into your new house, you may have plenty of cleaning materials to give the place a good spruce up, but some things require specialist cleaning products. A deep clean can call for more cleaning materials than you have, so keep that in mind when planning your moving expenses.


Even if you are being careful, breakages can happen. You may have insurance to cover everything, but it might take time for payments to come through. If appliances get broken or damaged in the move, you will need replacements. Factor that in to make sure you don’t risk being without household essentials when you move into your new home. If you have sentimental or family heirlooms, it can be a good idea to pack these yourself and move them into storage until the new house is set up to not risk any potential damage to irreplaceable items.


The best-laid plans can come undone, and you may find yourself with a delay in moving and needing to put things in storage. Alternatively, you may be downsizing and need a place to store extra items until you decide what to do with them. Storage containers are a handy way to keep things secure while you move into your new home, and you can move items back in when you are ready. If you want to redecorate totally, a self-storage container is ideal for keeping your furniture away from the mess. Keep this in mind when thinking about your costs of moving home.

At Boxpod, we have a range of affordable self-storage units in Leicester and the surrounding areas. We offer storage containers and storage yards of various sizes. Whether you need a short-term storage solution for the duration of your move or want to keep additional items safe when you downsize, we have the storage solution for you. Contact us today to find out more about how we can help you.