The Hidden Costs of Moving During the Holidays
There are a couple of advantages to moving during the holidays: You probably already have some time off work, so you won’t have to use your paid vacation days to move. And your friends and family may have some free time, too, making them able (although not necessarily willing) to lend a hand to help pack your Jazzercise VHS collection or haul your Barcalounger to its new home .
But despite those (kind of/sort of) advantages, the cost of a holiday move can leave you feeling more like Scrooge McDuck than Santa Claus. It turns out, you pay more for some relocation-related expenses during the most wonderful time of the year.So after you’ve dropped a hefty down payment, keep in mind the extra out-of-pocket costs you’ll encounter should you decide to make your big move during what’s left of this magical month:
Feeding your tank
A move across the country-or even across town-can guzzle more gas now than at other times of the year, says Mike Glanz, co-founder and CEO of HireAHelper, an online marketplace for hiring hourly moving labor.
“Holiday traffic is typically more dense, so there’s often more time spent idling-especially in metropolitan areas,” he says. “And some of those moving themselves also tend to let their rented moving truck or van idle to keep the cab warm.”