If there is one thing about
moving that everyone will be quick to tell you, it is that it costs a lot of
money. Between paying for the movers, dealing with deposits, and buying
supplies, you will be shelling out hundreds, if not thousands of dollars before
it is all said and done. Because of the huge financial impact of a move, it is
important that you create a moving budget early on in the process. Doing so
will not only help you save money in the long run, but it will help you meet
the financial needs of moving without having to suffer in other areas of your
life. Here are some of the most important things to include in your moving
The services you hire to get
you and your household goods moved from your current home to your new home will
cost more than any other aspect of the move. As such, you should thoroughly
research and find a great mover, who will give you binding moving quotes, so that you can put a
definitive amount down on your budget sheet and so that you know what funds to
set aside for the movers. Don't forget to figure in an extra ten percent for
the movers costs, as well as the tip you would pay for great service, even if
you ultimately only tip part of this.
The next largest thing that
you'll need to include in your moving budget is the deposits you're going to
have to pay to have your utilities turned on at your new home. Deposits can
vary depending on the utility, your credit, and where you're moving to, so call
ahead and get solid numbers so that you can be prepared. Don't forget to include
the deposit for your new rental, if you are going to be renting, as well.
Moving is going to require
that you have certain supplies on hand. You'll need boxes, packing paper,
bubble wrap, padding, packing tape, and labels, as well as other specialty
supplies such as cell kits and more. Sit down and consider just how many boxes
you will need for your home using an online calculator and add the cost of
these supplies into the budget.
How do you plan on getting to
your new home after the movers have taken your things from your house and are
on their way to your new home? If you are flying, include the cost of the
tickets and any rental vehicles or other incidentals that you will require in
your budget workup. If you are driving, consider the cost of fuel, food,
lodging, and incidentals along the way. Be sure that you have an emergency fund
worked out as well, just in case the need arises along the way.
Finally, it's a good idea to
have some money set aside for use by you and your family when you get to your
new home. Chances are you're going to need curtains, rods, ice trays, nails, or
something else that you didn't think about before. Having the funds readily
available can make settling into your new home easier and faster, regardless of
where you moved from or how much you are moving into the new place.
Remember, creating a moving
budget is a very important part of the relocation process. Keeping this on hand
will ensure that your finances are in order throughout the move, which can
serve dual purposes; not only will you reduce the stress you'll be under as a
result of the move itself, but you'll also be able to enjoy the peace of mind
that comes from knowing that everything will get paid without having to stretch
every dollar quite so thin.