Be prepared with a planned out moving budget
Creating A Moving Budget
Having a moving budget prepared and in place will create efficiency and clarity when having to take care of the costs associated with moving.
Using software programs like Word or Excel can be a very simple way to digitalize your moving budget. You can create templates that allow easy edits. If multiple people are involved in the budgeting process it can provide access for the additional users to view from different locations, and be accessible from mobile devices.
If you're old skool and prefer the smell and feel of paper, you can easily obtain a bookkeepers journal or other notebook and create your own accounting system. Make sure to have a good calculator.
Moving to a new home, whether locally or across the country can be exciting. Figure out how much you can allocate for your move and begin thorough research into creating your budget.
Setting up a moving budget should be one of the first things you do. Maybe your relocating for a job and the company is paying, however, some additional expenses you had not expected and budgeted for, may surprise you.
Using Professional Moving Services
If you are considering to hire a professional moving company, certain costs will need to be factored into your budget:
Costs to consider when moving yourself.
Moving Your Car
If you will be relocating your car, you need to include the cost to move it, which may be one of the following:
If you will be driving it yourself, you will need to include:
Journey To Your New Destination
In addition to having your personal belonging packed up and ready to go, whether you hire a professional moving company or move yourself, you will need to budget for the following:
Many companies offering packing supplies, like U-Haul sell items individually and in kits. You can check out U-Haul’s website for costs www.uhaul.com(https://www.uhaul.com). They’ll also buy back any unused boxes.
Items you will need for packing include:
You will also want to make sure your larger furniture items are protected. If you are hiring a moving company, they will usually provide blankets and padding. If you are moving yourself you will want to make sure you have adequate protection and padding for your furniture. Moving blankets and padding can easily be purchased online.
Arriving At Your New Destination
Once you arrive at your new home or short term rental, it may be a few days before your belongings arrive. You will need to allocate a budget for a few essentials to get you through these first few days. If you have decided to start afresh and purchase new furnishings, budget accordingly for these items and any delivery and set up fees.
Your cabinets will be empty and will need to be filled with fresh food and cleaning supplies. Often times, it is an opportunity to start afresh on many levels, including purchasing new cooking supplies, fresh spices and any products you use regularly.
If you are moving to a new state, you will need to consider costs for:
Once you have everything entered and totaled on your moving budget, add a contingency amount, in the event of an emergency, cancellation or any unexpected set up fees, such as utilities.
With your moving budget in place, you can confidently navigate the financial road ahead, to your new destination; your new home!