Feb 18

Your Moving Budget: Things to Include

moving companiesOne of the most important things that you can do to ensure that your move goes smoothly involves building a moving budget that outlines all of the financial ramifications of relocation. There are going to be many aspects of a move that you will have to pay for, and knowing where the money is and where it is flowing, can ultimately provide you with stability, organization, and a method of seeing where you can save money on the overall process. Regardless of where you are moving, it is important that you create a moving budget and include some of the more important, and common, aspects of the relocation process. Here are some of the things that should appear on your final and printed moving budget no matter where your move is going to take you.

The Movers

The moving companies that you hire are going to be the biggest expense related to the move, so you need to nail down a solid price for the services that you are hiring them for. There are a number of different movers, all who offer different services, so knowing what you need and how much it will cost will set the basis for the budget that you are building. First, call around to different companies to get moving quotes, and then weed out the ones that are overly high and those that are overly low. Once you have a short list of companies you are really considering, contact them all and get binding moving estimates that will set the price you will ultimately pay for the services you need. When you decide which one you are going to hire, put this amount on your budget and add ten percent for any potential fluctuations that may occur due to extra fees of unexpected obstacles along the way.

The Home

There are inevitably going to be expenses related to the home that you might not have thought about when you were packing up the old home. While you might have missed them at first, these expenses are still going to require that you take care of them. You should add a section to your moving budget that will include things like the utility deposits that you will have to pay for, as well as any incidental costs and repair costs that you might be confronted with just after you move into your new home. Having some money on hand to cover these things will make the move that much more stress-free, as you won’t be scrambling around at the last minute trying to cover financial aspects that you didn’t really think of from the beginning. Furthermore, this will help you settle into your new home faster and without as much trouble.

The Trip

Finally, don’t forget about the costs that will be associated with moving your family to their new home. While your things might be covered, there are definite costs associated with travel for the people who are moving from one home to another as well. First, you need to decide just how you are going to get your family to your new home, and then you need to set aside the money that will be required to get this done. If you are opting to travel by plane, be sure that you have the money for plane tickets set aside. If you plan to travel by car, then set aside money for expenses like fuel, food, and lodging. In the end, this will make the moving process just a bit easier for everyone involved.

The author of this article, Kaylin McLeod, is an expert on moving with families. She works as a consultant that helps consumers today find cheap moving companies and helpful information on making moving easier by maintaining a blog at movingquotes.net. When she isn’t working, she enjoys reading and spending time with her two cats.