Tips on Budgeting for a Move

There’s no question that moving can be an expensive proposition. From packing materials and movers’ fees to travel expenses and utility fees, you should realize from the start that moving expenses cost way more than the actual transport costs.

Still, moving is a natural part of life and an expense that cannot usually be avoided. Read on to find ways to tips for budgeting for your move and some ways to save on your move so that you can move safely, securely and affordably.

Consider how much money you have to spend on the move. The golden key when budgeting for a move is to determine from the outset how much you can afford to spend. While you surely wish you could pay a small sum, take into consideration that if you skimp on the process of the move, you’ll have to put in more of your own elbow grease, which may prevent you from working (and earning money that could help pay for the move). Once you’ve come up with a maximum amount that you can spend on your move, you’ll be able to start the process of determining how to fit your move into that budget.

 Here are some things to include in your budget:

• Professional movers or a moving truck rental
• Tips for movers
• Packing supplies
• Fast food during the move when your appliances are out of service
• Travel expenses to your destination
• Hotel rooms during travel
• Storage fees
• Car shipping

Once you’ve centered on a budget including the line items above, you can start planning your move. Shave hundreds of dollars off your expenses using the tips below:

• Think about a do it yourself move. Packing up independently and hiring a moving true is clearly cheaper than hiring movers to do the work for you, but this option may not be for everyone. If you’re moving far away, long distance movers may be your best bet as rental truck companies may charge you steep one-way rental fees. In addition, if you’re not experienced driving a truck, the risks of moving yourself may outweigh the benefits. Still, if you’re moving locally or are comfortable behind the wheel of a large vehicle, renting a moving truck can help you save big.

• Move midmonth. Most people prefer to move around the time their rental contract is up, which is usually around the beginning or end of the month. Consequently, moving companies are hungrier for business in the middle of the month. If you can live with friends or neighbors for a few extra days, you can likely save big on your moving expenses.

• Sell as much stuff as possible before the move. Not only can selling your stuff help you get rid of unwanted items, but it can reduce your load, which will reduce the cost of your move. You can replace your items with used items in your new home or with new ones when you find great deals and you’ll enjoy having fresh items.

• Pack up yourself. Professional movers will charge a bundle for packing your belongings, but you should be able to pack up most of it yourself, especially if you start in advance. You can also save on packing supplies by borrowing from friends or buying them from someone other than your mover. Have your movers pack the fragile items and furniture only.

• Compare moving quotes. The best way to ensure that you’re paying the lowest possible price is to interview multiple moving companies so that you’ll know you’re getting the best quotes and paying the best price.