5 moving costs you should know about for Match Day!

5 moving costs that you should know about for Match Day !


Picture this - you've been matched to your residency or fellowship program, you've found your dream #MedsHome, and you're ready to go! Now the only thing left to do is move in - but how does that happen? This week, we're highlighting a few important costs to know for any renter.


1. Hiring a moving company


This is probably the most obvious cost of moving - and can be a significant one! An important factor to consider is how much stuff you'll need to move. If you're moving into a furnished unit, you may be able to simply rent a van or truck and do it yourself. If you're moving a whole apartment's worth across the country, you might need some help.

Maybe a POD company is a good idea for your needs.

Look into quotes and shop around - moving companies have connections across the country, and can help you from A-Z. Check out your options ahead of time for the best pricing. Just have a few items? Give UShip a try. 

2. Include “set-up” costs


Depending on the type of place you decide to call home, you may be buying some basics or furnishing a whole apartment! Even if you found a fully-furnished unit, there are still costs associated with stocking a basic pantry, cleaning supplies, and basic household goods! Make a list of necessities and price them out early to avoid surprises! Maybe it is cheaper where you are leaving than at your destination!

IS there an IKEA in your new city? It's a great option for more than just furniture. Take a look for gently priced kitchen goods, bathroom furnishings and more! 

3. Don't forget about deposits!


Many landlords will ask for a security deposit, key deposit, elevator booking costs or last month's rent paid in advance. Find out the landlord and tenant regulations for the city. Check in with your landlord before making your moving budget so that these costs don't come as a surprise!

4. Utilities, utilities, utilities


Check with your landlord about which utilities are included in your rent - some important ones to consider include heating, water, electricity and wifi. These can add to your cost of rent, and should be budgeted for right from the start of your stay!

Do you have adequate cell coverage at the destination location? Check with your provider to see if you need to switch! There can often be several weeks of wait, and deposits needed for essential services like power, water, and wifi, so consider budgeting for and opening utility accounts well in advance of your move.


5. Making sure you're insured!


Many landlords will require tenants to have insurance, and even if they don't, it's something that you should seriously consider investing in due to the high degree of protection that it affords you as a tenant. Tenant's insurance is an often-overlooked yet inexpensive way to protect yourself from costly unforeseen losses to your personal property - including any furniture or appliances that you purchase as part of your move! Also check in with car insurance providers to ensure that you're still covered in your new city. Last but not least, try to sort out your medical and home insurance coverage - do your parents' policies still apply, or do you need to shop around for your own?

We hope this breakdown was informative, and don't forget that it's never too early to post a

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