What moving expenses should you anticipate?

Moving is an important step in life, whether as an individual or a business, that can be both stressful and expensive. To avoid unpleasant financial surprises, it is recommended to anticipate moving costs. In this article, we will present you the different costs to anticipate when moving. We will also give you some tips to reduce these costs.

The necessary costs without the help of a professional

If you decide to do your move without the help of a professional, there are some costs you'll need to plan for.

Moving supplies

First of all, it is essential to have moving supplies, such as boxes and packing materials to protect your belongings.

Cartons and packing

The cost of boxes and packing materials depends on the quantity needed for your move. They can be purchased from big box stores or picked up for free from stores, supermarkets or others who have moved before you and no longer have a use for them.

Tape and markers

The cost of tape and markers is usually low, but you should pack enough materials to avoid unpleasant surprises.

Shipping costs

Next, you'll need to plan for transportation costs to move your belongings to your new address.

Rental of a moving truck

If you decide to do your move on your own, it is recommended that you rent a moving truck. The cost of the rental depends on the size of the truck and the length of the rental.

Fuel cost

It is also necessary to plan for the cost of fuel for the moving truck. This cost is going to depend on the distance to be moved and the fuel consumption of the truck.

Temporary storage costs

Finally, if you can't move into your new home immediately, you'll need to budget for temporary storage fees for your belongings.

Storage unit rental

It is possible to rent a storage unit to store your belongings until you can move them into your new home. The cost depends on the size of the box, the length of the rental and your access needs to it.

Moovebox offers a storage service for both short and long term storage.


It is also recommended that you purchase insurance to cover your belongings during temporary storage, which comes at an additional cost.

The costs involved with professional help

If you decide to hire a professional for your move, there are some additional costs you'll need to consider.

The transportation costs

Transportation costs are one of the most important costs when you hire a professional for your move.

Cost of transportation service

The cost of the transportation service depends on the distance to be covered and the volume of goods to be transported. It is important to choose your moving company carefully by comparing the rates and services offered.


It is also recommended that you purchase insurance to cover your belongings during transportation.

Handling fees

Handling fees should also be considered when you hire a professional for your move.

Disassembling and reassembling furniture

If you cannot disassemble and reassemble your furniture yourself, a professional can help you with this step. The cost of this service depends on the number of pieces of furniture to be disassembled and reassembled.

Loading and unloading of goods

Loading and unloading of goods is also included in the handling fee. It is important to properly protect your belongings to avoid damage during transport.

Additional costs

Finally, it is important to plan for certain ancillary costs that may arise during a move.

Contract termination fees

When you move, it may be necessary to terminate certain contracts, such as telephone or internet access provider contracts. In this case, there may be a termination fee.

Other possible moving costs

There may be additional fees added to your moving bill, such as parking fees or toll charges.

How to reduce moving costs

It is possible to reduce moving costs by taking certain precautions.

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