The 5 Hidden Costs of a DIY Move and Why You Should Care

If you are planning to move in a few months or weeks, you will probably first get quotes from moving companies and think that the rates are too high. You imagine that the moving process can’t be that stressful if you decide to do it on your own. As the day draws closer, you will realize that you do not have enough time to get everything done in good time. It is important to understand the hidden costs associated with moving if you decided to do it yourself. Here are some of the common moving expenses that are not so obvious.

1.      Time

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If you decide to pack your house and move to your new home without involving professionals, you will need to have a lot of time on your hands to facilitate the move. There is so much that needs to be done before the moving day and all these things require time. You will need to sort your stuff, pack up what you will take, plan a yard sale for what you do not need, and also find a truck to hire for the move. All these take up a lot of time.

2.      Rental Costs for Trucks

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While you may have already budgeted for the cost of hiring a moving truck, there are other hidden costs that come with this billing. Mileage and fuel are the common extra costs for moving. The rental company will charge you based on the distance you will cover and you are responsible for fuelling for the journey. Also, it is possible that you will underestimate the size of truck you need for the move because at the back of your mind you are trying to save on cost. This means that you might have to make multiple trips back and forth to move everything. In the end, this becomes very expensive.

3.      Time Off Work

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It is possible to lose income when you decide to plan and execute the move without enlisting the help of a professional Toronto moving company. Hours used at home packing for the move are hours spent away from work, which will hurt your bottom line at the end of the month. If it doesn’t affect the hours you clock in at work, it will affect your vacation days since you will use them to move. Lost income is one of the common moving expenses that is not so obvious.

4.      Potential Personal Injuries

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One of the reasons it is advisable to hire professionals for the job is to avoid hurting yourself during the packing, lifting, and loading. Personal injuries are very common in DIY moves which can be dangerous and even life-threatening. Professional movers know what their job entails and work to ensure that they avoid injuries. While you’re trying to save on the cost of hiring professionals, you may end up paying a lot to treat your personal injuries sustained during the moving process.

5.      Damage To Your Items

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When you work with professional movers, common moving expenses you avoid include the cost of replacing any damaged or lost items during transit. This is because these companies are liable for any loss or damage of items while ion their care. If you decide to do it on your own, even with the help of friends, the cost of repairing damaged items or replacing them is entirely on you. This can end up being very expensive in the end.