Moving Expenses

Moving is a stressful time: packing your stuff, transferring your bills, figuring out financing—the list never ends.

Here’s a breakdown of everything you’ll need to arrange for moving day.

Hiring Movers

Are you asking yourself if you should or shouldn’t hire movers for your upcoming move? Here’s a comparison, to give you an idea of the pros and cons of hiring movers or doing it on your own.

Hiring Movers Moving on your Own
Cost Up to $2,000 Free + Truck Rental
Effort Movers will lift and move everything, (and for an additional fee, they'll even pack for you!) You and any helpers will be doing all the heavy lifting.
Freedom Movers are busy people, especially at the end of the month. You'll likely be working within their parametres. Provided a truck is available when you need it, you can book it and work within your own timelines.
Time Movers are generally faster, with more experience and less struggle. Fitting all your stuff in a rented truck can be more challenging than Tetris.

Hiring Packers

If you have a lot of clutter and don’t have friends or family to help out, you may want to hire someone to help you pack. These companies are good at efficiently packing, sorting, and de-cluttering, and especially help seniors and those with disabilities.

Forwarding your mail

Be sure to contact anyone from whom you receive mail, including:

  • Your phone provider
  • Your internet provider
  • Your cable provider
  • Any government branch, including student loans
  • Magazine subscriptions
  • Your banks

You can also purchase mail forwarding from Canada Post, to make sure all your mail gets to the right location.

Storage

It can be difficult to align your sell date with your buy date, so you may have to put your furniture, boxes, and belongings into storage. You may also need storage if you’re downsizing, or if you’re staging your property and need to hide a few things away.

Storage lockers vary in price, but are typically a monthly cost, accumulated daily. Be sure to shop around, find a location that’s convenient for you, and include storage costs in your closing costs budget.

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