Yesterday we finally received our refund from Time Warner, so our all expenses have been settled from our move in mid-September! (6-8 weeks to issue the refund and 3 weeks to have it mailed. Seriously??) I can finally report what our in-town move cost and compare it to what we spent last year.
The two townhouse rentals are very similar – both about 1200 square feet, both 2 bedroom/2 bath, and about a mile apart off the same main road. We had six days of overlap between the two residences.
Since we went through basically the same process as last year, many of our expenses are the same or similar – the cost of the moving process itself and most of the fees. The total net cost of last year’s move was $287.27 and the total cost of this year’s move was $566.58. The big differences were that last time we sold our washer and dryer and this time we were hit with two large unexpected expenses – the water initiation fee and the professional rug cleaning. The one break we caught this time around was that we negotiated $100 off the first month’s rent at our new place. I also decided this time to not calculate the overlap in utilities since we stayed under budget in all the categories in September.
Excluding the expenses we covered out of checking at the time (under “things purchased”), we need to repay ourselves $444.29 for this move. As I anticipated, we won’t be doing this out of rent savings, as our rent is only $25 less per month than it was at our last residence. We’re only going to be here for around a year (give or take) and the breakeven time is 1.5 years. But until the moving expenses are repaid, all our budget leftovers will go to our nest egg.
Thankfully, we are happy with the new place, though it is a different layout from the last one. The last townhouse had an enormous master bath and walk-in closet, so giving that up is a little hard – it’s not as easy to brush our teeth at the same time! But generally I like that we have two similarly-sized bedrooms upstairs instead of the one-up one-down asymmetric model at the last place. And now when Kyle stays up late to work in his home office we’re still on the same floor! Both townhouses have galley kitchens, although the new one is slightly smaller. We bought a tall rack for the kitchen to put appliances on, so that has made things a lot more functional. I’m definitely looking forward to having a sprawling kitchen again like we did with our apartment. This townhouse is so much better for roommates so if Kyle ever moves out I’ll have an easier time pricing the room (half, exactly).
What ditto expenses did you notice the last time you moved, and which surprised you? Do you save up in advance for moving expenses or do you pay yourself back after it’s done? What do you like and dislike about your current home?