Moving is stressful. There’s boxes to pack, utilities to shut off and the overwhelming feeling that you should sell all your things and move to a hut on the beach in Key West without looking back. Or maybe that last one was just me.
But aside from the tremendous strain of moving everything I own in the world to a new location, the thing that has stressed me out most from my recent move to York County is the huge cost associated with relocation.
Luckily, my parents are amazingly supportive and have helped me with many of these monetary woes, but I can’t help feeling overwhelmed at the debt moving can cause. Especially if, like me and many recent graduates, you were not working prior to the move.
First at foremost, there’s the cost of finding and securing housing. Not only did I need to provide a security deposit, but I needed to pay the pro-rated rent for the week-and-a-half of June that I lived in the apartment, plus July’s rent up front.
When my mother and I got into the car after hearing the total, I cried. No lie, I burst into tears, stunned at how much it was going to cost just to move into the place. She was able to calm me down after a few minutes, by emphasizing that it would OK – I could pay them back later. But the psychological damage was done.
Next, I had to set up the utilities. Met-Ed was very helpful and the account set up was easy – but it cost another $70 for a security deposit.
Columbia Gas was harder. There weren’t many up-front costs, but there was a ton of up-front stress. Because I was a new customer, I needed to prove my identity to secure services, meaning that the company had to fax my father an identity verification form, then, after he scanned and emailed it to me, I needed to take the form to a notary and have them fax it back to Columbia (which cost $9). Then I had to wait another 24-48 hours for that form to process. This proved a problem since I needed to switch the gas bill to my name before I could move into my new apartment. But luckily, I had some good customer service associated during my four calls to the company, so things went pretty smoothly.
Finally, there’s the extra burden of living for several weeks with no money coming in – i.e., until you get your first paycheck. Some of these expenses include cable and Internet, groceries, gas for your car, stuff you forgot or stuff that broke, etc.
Like I said, I have a great family, who has picked up a lot of these overhead costs so I can make it until I get my first paycheck here at the YDR. I can’t even imagine making a move without having either a lot of money in savings or someone helping you with costs – but many people do it.
Are you also dealing with the high costs of moving? Or do you have tips for keeping costs down during relocation? Let me know in the comments!