Last week my final expense associated with moving house was taken out, and today I paid off that same bill (as is the best option these days, my bills are direct debited from my credit card). The past couple of months have been a financial nightmare… Moving house is by far one of the most ridiculously expensive things you can do, and the biggest and by far most annoying expense of this terrible saga: Bond.
Whichever idiot decided it would be ok to ask someone to front up what is essentially 6 weeks rent (after all fees/charges etc) in order to get a place needs a good, hard slap to the back of the head. Honestly, if something goes wrong with the house, Id rather pay it on the spot, on demand than forking god knows how many weeks worth of spare money to something I likely wont see in full (because we all know how much real estate agents love parting with bond) ever again.
Thats not to say Im a bad tenant either… Im (mostly) a damn good tenant and pleasant to boot. I think I just get aggravated in general with the real estate market, renting or buying.
Now getting onto the other expenses associated with this sort of thing
- Initial food shopping run
- So-called ‘Application fees’ incurred when transferring the address of your utility accounts
- Cleaning costs (because lets face it, noones perfect).
All of these add up quickly to a distressing amount of money. Ive learnt one thing from this whole situation: Im not moving for a long, long time.
Seriously, its not worth the trouble or money.
Except of course if I buy a house…