Made my first trip to my new home this past weekend. Brought a carload of stuff down, got internet hooked up and got a little shopping done for the things that have to be fixed. Funny how things change so fast — for my first apartment I went out and bought a new tea kettle, christmas lights, and some curtains & towels to decorate with. My latest shopping trips included a chain lock for the front door, door stops, a knife magnet and a plastic bag dispenser (oohhhhh ikea). But even stranger is that I was just as excited for buying home necessities as I was when I was shopping for the things I didn’t really need. Whodathunk?
I heard folks say in passing how expensive moving is. I just though they were over exaggerating, because what else do you need besides a moving truck? Oh man was I ever wrong. Wrong wrong wrong.
First, there’s the moving truck. If you’ve lived in anything larger than a one bedroom before, chances are you have enough stuff to warrant renting between a 10′ and 16′ truck. Depending on the company and the distance, that can be anywhere between $100 and $500. And that doesn’t include things you might want like furniture pads, a dolley, insurance on yourself or the vehicle you’re moving with, etc. Then you consider that a lot of apartments require first, last and a security deposit before you move in — PLUS tweaks & fixes around the place you’ve chosen, because unless it’s brand-spakin’-new, someone screwed something up and didn’t bother to fix it before they moved out/rented the unit again. And worse, if you’re renting directly from the owner, you have to buy extra things to protect their property – furniture pads, area rugs, door stops, special floor cleaners.
Long story short, the great ‘they’ was right about this one. Make sure you have some money tucked away before making a big move.
Good news is I still get to buy new curtains! I’m thinking we’re going to replace these bad boys first: