Are you planning a relocation in the near future? If so, you will want to start by preparing a relocation budget.
No matter where you are moving to, you will want to be sure to select a moving and storage company that listens to your needs and works with you to stay within your relocation budget. You will want to meet face-to-face with your moving company so that they can actually see what items are being moved, what your packing requirements are, and if you have any special attention items. The last thing you need are surprises and added costs on moving day.
Tell your movers how much of the work you want to do yourself. This will allow the moving company to prepare an accurate estimate of the moving costs, and even offer suggestions on additional ways you can save money.
If your move is just across town and your relocation budget is tight, ask your movers for suggestions on ways you can best prepare your home for the movers on moving day. The little things can save time and money.
- Unplug and wrap cords to all electrical items in your home.
- Disassemble all beds and mirrors from dressers.
- Use wardrobe cartons for all hanging clothing. Many companies are happy to pack them for our their customers, but many people prefer to transfer their clothing themselves while the movers move the heavy items.
- Move all open boxes that are not sealed, the smaller boxes, and plants in your vehicle.
- If moving during the winter months, be sure to have all driveways and walkways shoveled and salted before the moving truck arrives.
If your relocation will be a long distance move, your budget will involve much more planning. You need to be realistic of taking on too much of the work yourself. For example, if you tell your moving company that you will be doing all of your own packing and do not get it done as planned, it could add hundreds of dollars to your relocation budget. When moving out of state, the driver cannot come back the following day and finish what did not get done. Drivers are assigned loads well in advance and do not usually have an extra day between loading, driving, and their scheduled deliveries.
The following are items that you may want to be sure not to overlook that can highly impact your relocation budget. These are all costs that many individuals do not think of and include when establishing their relocation budget.
- House hunting trips may require flying to your new location to look for a new home. These trips can be expensive and may require car rental costs and overnight stays at a motel. Be sure to include all out-of-town expenses in your budget (meals, airport parking, kennels for your pets, etc.)
- Non-perishable foods, which includes everything in your refrigerator and freezer will need to be replaced. This can costs several hundreds of dollars.
- Did you leave your appliances at your old residence? Buying $5,000 worth of new appliances in a state that has a 2% higher sales tax will cost you an additional $100 on your purchase.
- Transporting your extra vehicle to your new home can add hundreds of dollars to your relocation budget. The average car carrier price to transport a vehicle from one side of the country to the other side is $1,000. Even if you plan to drive the vehicle yourself, be sure to budget for extra gas along the way.
Call professionals when determining your relocation needs. Choose a company that will take time to view the items you need moved and listen to your needs while staying within your budget.