Uncovering the Hidden Costs of Moving


Over 35.9 million people moved in the United States between 2012 ­– 2013.1 While the reason people moved varied, there is one consistency among them: They spent a sizable amount of money. According to the American Moving & Storage Association, the average cost of a move within a state is $1,170, while the cost of a move between states is upwards of $5,630.2

Whether you are moving down the street or across the country, you’ll be faced with the many costs of relocation. Residents who don’t do their homework can overlook the anticipated costs that arise before, during and after a move. A few dollars here and some random fees there can quickly add up. The total cost of moving could be far greater than your original expectations. However, this cost can be minimized or eliminated all together!

We’ve examined some of the most common costs of moving that you might overlook. By planning ahead and budgeting for your big transition, you can avoid the pain of overpaying or being stuck with unexpected costs.

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Babs is a content writer at Enova International, Inc. with a Bachelors in Cinema Studies and English from the University of Illinois (ILL-INI!). She loves binge watching musicals, reading in the (sporadic) Chicago sunshine and discovering great new places to eat. Accio, tacos! Find about more about her on Google+.