Moving can get expensive, so many people are starting the process by creating a moving budget.
The first step in setting a moving budget is to draw up a list of what kinds of costs will have to be taken into account. Not all of the prices below will necessarily apply to you, but choose the ones you do and write them clearly on a piece of paper or spreadsheet to get started with creating your moving budget.
Base Moving Fee: The movers you will be working with will provide you all the information that includes labor and fuel costs. The final costing may vary depending on how much you’ve got and how much time the move will take. You can surely use the moving cost calculator to get a general idea of how much you can expect your basic fee to be and get quotes from at least three different changing companies so you can be sure to choose the best rate.
Moving insurance: The moving company you will choose will provide valuation coverage, which is the amount of liability they agree to take if your belongings are damaged or lost. Valuation coverage is not insurance, however, and you may decide that you want additional protection.
Optional charges: You will need to add additional costs to your moving budget if you want your movers to provide more than essential services, including if you plan to have them packed for you or prepare your appliances.
Costs of a do-it-yourself move
Moving around is often cheaper than hiring pros, but there are still quite a few costs to consider.
Truck rental: unless you’re packing light and don’t have any furniture to move around, you’re going to have to rent a truck. The rates will be varied depending on the size of the car you need, how long you need it, and how far you need it.
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Don’t forget about these essential moving day costs when you create your moving budget.
Vehicle shipping: If you are traveling across state lines, you may be transporting a car in addition to your belongings. It’ll probably be cheaper and more comfortable for you to use a certified Auto Mover instead of having your movers load your car onto a moving truck.
Costs of storage
If you don’t get everything on a moving day, you’ll also want to factor in storage costs, whether they’re short-term or long-term.
Carriage Storage: Make sure that your moving budget includes the cost of getting your items to storage. This may be the fuel cost to drive your belongings over there, or it may require the rental of a truck.
Storage container: an alternative option for renting a storage container is to rent a storage container. These are generally drops at your placeto be filled, then picked up and stored by the container company, and then sent at your new provided place.
Storage supplies: In addition to moving supplies, you will need storage supplies, including additional boxes and packing materials.
Additional storage costs: Don’t forget to consider potentials additional charges such as the required security deposit for your storage unit rental and the price of a heavy-duty lock.
Costs of packaging and supply
It’s not possible to predict how much you’re going to need when it comes to packing supplies, but at the very least, you’re going to want to consider what you’re going to need when you set your moving cost. Our packing calculator can help you finding out what packing supplies you’re going to need and how much of each one. Stores that you are likely to need to include:
Moving of boxes
Packing of paper and/or newsprint
Packing of wrap
Packing of tape
Markers and/or tags
Cut out the cost of packing supplies by purchasing free boxes where you can and use things like towels, and clothing to provide packing in boxes instead of (or in addition to) packing paper and bubble wrap.
Cleaning costs: whether you’re renting or buying/selling, you’ll need to make sure the home you’re vacating is clean for the person you’re moving in. You’re probably going to want to clean the new house that you’re moving to. The associated costs may include cleaning supplies or the cost of hiring a professional cleaning company if needed.
Child or pet care: having child and/or pets, it may be in your best interest to have alternative plans for them on a moving day. This may mean having them spend a day with a trusted friend or family member, or it may require spending money on a babysitter or a petsitter.
Real estate costs: one of the essential parts of the movie has nothing to do with moving the day itself. Real estate costs need to be factored into your overall moving budget and may include, but are not limited to, property and legal fees, first and/or last month’s rent, home inspection and assessment fees, down payment, and cleaning and repair fees.
Time off work: Do you need to take a day or two off for packing and moving? If you do not work for a company that provides paid time off, you will need to pay the cost of staying at your place. If your budget is already low, try to see if you can arrange your moving schedule so that you don’t need to miss a job.
New furniture and other household items: make a list of things you know you’re going to need for your new home, such as a shower curtain, a new couch, window treatments, etc. Take a little pressure off your moving budget by separating those items from the things you need right away and the things you can wait to buy until later.
It may be overwhelming to see the list of all the things you’re going to need to spend money on for your shifting pocedure, but remember that not all of the above costing are going to apply on you. Read our tips and tricks on cutting costs for your move to keep your overall spending down, and don’t worry—while there’s going to be a lot of spending all at once, it’s just for a short time.