The real cost of moving from one home to another

The real cost of moving

August 26th, 2013 by Canada Post – epost

Useful tips to make your move efficient and trouble-free

Each year, 1.2 million Canadians make a move. A new house is exciting but can be stressful, especially when the costs of moving add up. Indeed, the real cost and time commitment of a move can be surprising, though there are ways to ease the transition.

With this in mind, here are some tips to leave the stress behind when you move into a new place.

Tips for making the move

  • Plan for the long term

Most of us plan for our move to take place over a weekend at most. In reality, the pre- and post- move phase typically lasts 18 months. Don’t try to fit everything into one weekend; plan out your move into phases. Spend some time doing pre-move cleaning, organizing and packing. Decluttering months in advance will save you time and money when it comes to moving day. Post-move, take your time jumping into home repairs and decorating projects. Prioritize and plan for these projects to take place over a few months and you won’t feel such a burden on your bank account.

  • Make the easy switch

The paperwork that accompanies moving can be stressful.  To make the switch easy, use Canada Post’s Change of Address service. Let your mail follow you when you move. It’s a safe, secure and easy way to ensure your mail is forwarded to your new address. For even more peace of mind, sign up at epost.ca to receive your bills online.

  • Budget appropriately

In addition to working out a new mortgage or lease, the average amount spent by those moving homes is $12,000. These costs come from decorating, new furniture and appliances, home repair and electronics. Make sure that you have room in your budget for these expenses – they can quickly add up!

Source: Golden Girl Finance