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The Hidden Costs Of Moving On Your Own

After purchasing a new space, it may seem like the expensive part of moving is over. While moving certainly doesn’t cost as much as a new house or office space, it can still be costly. Hidden costs can pop up in a surprising amount of places when you’re planning to move on your own. This article serves to list and discuss these hidden costs to help you prepare for and make your transition as smooth as possible.

The Financial Costs

When it comes to looking at the hidden costs of moving, you may first notice the financial costs. These are the bills and expenses that can seem to appear out of nowhere and can put a dent in your budget. Becoming aware of these before you begin the process of moving out by yourself is beneficial for planning your budget as accurately as possible.

Equipment and Tools

Oftentimes, when you’re moving, you’ll be working with larger pieces of furniture such as beds that need to be taken apart and are difficult to move without a trolly. As a result, you may find that you need to invest in some extra tools and equipment to make your move go as smoothly as possible. To help prevent these sudden costs from surprising you, take a survey around your space a few days prior to moving to see if there is anything you will require tools for. This will not only allow you to account for it in your budget, but it will also give you the opportunity to ask around and see if you can borrow the needed supplies.


While any boxes laying around could work, special boxes designed just for moving are the best choice. These boxes, while a little pricier, will help keep all of your belongings safe during the move and will be easier to transport.


If your vehicle isn’t the right size for moving, you may need to rent a moving vehicle. Or, if you decide to make multiple trips, you’ll need to account for the cost of gas, especially if your new location is a significant distance away.

The Personal Costs

Moving doesn’t just impact your wallet – it can also take away from you. Here are some of the hidden personal costs that one should keep in mind.


Even when you’re hiring a company to help, moving can be stressful. It’s even more stressful when you move by yourself. Between planning and packing and the actual move itself, there is a lot going on that can take a toll on your mental health.


Professional movers are trained to be able to move in the safest way possible. If you move by yourself, you may run into the possibility of injuries, from pulled muscles to sprained ankles.


Professional movers are also trained in the best methods to move to keep your belongings as safe as possible. They’ll use the highest quality materials and boxes to help make your move less chaotic. This as discussed before is something you may not be able to do on your own depending on the unavailability of resources. 

Final Thoughts

Moving out by yourself can be a taxing process both financially and otherwise and hence it is important to understand any hidden costs associated with the process. Taking into account the financial and personal costs discussed above, it makes sense to rather hire a professional moving company to take care of the entire process for you. Simple Moves is a team of professional movers that is dedicated to making sure your move is as quick and smooth as possible. We are proudly insured, licensed, and take pride in our efficiency. Call us at (604) 210-4117​ to book your consultation, or fill out our convenient contact form!