Watch out for these 10 hidden residential relocation costs

We all dread the nightmare of home shifting that includes the exhausting task of sorting the stuff, packing, choosing a packer and mover, shipping out and re-settling to a new space. Think of the time and cost the whole moving process involve the estimation of budget and time, etc. So, let me stop you right there, and caution of the ten hidden costs in your next house relocation that no one tells you about.

1.Onsite estimate

Every professional packer & mover will ensure that the quote is shared only when they estimate accurately the amount of stuff which needs to be relocated. Usually a survey is done but with the technology age, many good service providers will have websites to take inventory and give a free onsite estimate. Cost additions may occur due to unusual circumstances, mileage fees, distance from door, elevator fees, storage, and difference in prices for moving specialized furniture and fragile items in boxes. The cost add-up will also be there if you need extra help for packing. You should be clear with all these estimates beforehand, to avoid any surprises on the hectic moving day.

2.Settling in expenses

Once you start to move you will realize that you will need more than movers and packers. You will require services of carpenters, plumbers, electrician etc. for uninstalling and reinstallation of your appliances like TV, washing machine, water purifier etc. You can also check with the packers if they provide these services to make your move easier. Even at your new place, you will require services like deep cleaning and pest control. Make sure these expenses are accounted for when you plan your budget.

3.Insurance expenses

The fragile items require insurance and that’s what you should do if you have a lot of antiques or fragile items in your shipment. Covering them with additional insurance should be on your priority list. In fact, not every moving company has insurance policies that cover the customer’s item if they get damaged during the move and that is one of the additional costs. It actually is a premium cost added to your shifting budget and will always come handy in case something goes wrong in the transit.

4.Disposal expenses

When you move to a new home, you may have old stuff which you are not planning to take with you. This may include old usable furniture, clothes and various other items which may or may not be of use. Try to donate the usable ones to the needy. Make sure that you dispose of the other stuff properly without causing any environmental hazards. Damaged electronics appliances, computer peripherals, batteries etc. should be disposed with proper recyclers to avoid any hazards.

5.Purchasing a road/moving permit

Depending on where your destination is, this cost may vary. If you are moving inter-city be ready to pay the road permit and entry taxes that may be applicable in that city. Do assign some cost for these too in your budget.

6.Rigging/ hoisting charges

This could further add on the cost. The rigging cost involves moving your bulky furniture and household appliances that may require rigging equipment like ropes and pulleys for lifting through narrow staircases or hallways. All these accrue additional hoisting cost and you must ration it for in your budget.

7.Cost of cheaper moves

The cost of your move will depend on various factors spanning from distance, size of load, availability of lift, packing required etc. A cheap packer may not reveal these costs at the beginning. These will be communicated only halfway through the move and you will have no other choice but to pay them and end up paying more than what you would have if you hired a professional packer. Also using substandard packing materials and inadequate packing to lower cost will raise the risk of damage.


Your relocation might take longer than expected in a case like your new house doesn’t get handed over to you in time and you already have to leave your current accommodation. This only calls for storage of some of your belongings in a warehouse. The cost of a storage unit further stretches your budget depending on the location of the storage and facilities you’re making use of.


Some of the utility companies insist on deposits or connection fees to be paid for their services. So before you decide to move out, make sure you clear any accruing bills and expenses or clear them in-advance for any last minute hassle. It’s important to keep aside some amount for electric, cable, water and any such utilities.

10.Unexpected additional time

Even though time is not the only factor which affects your move, it is still a very critical factor. Allot yourself sufficient time to prepare for the relocation or else you are risking the situation of unexpected additional time which will amount to extra cost and adding to your relocation budget. Not hiring a professional packer may drag your move to longer period ending up in additional cost. Fix you move date and finalize on the mover well in advance to avoid higher charges for a rush job.