It is a good idea to set a budget before you move especially if it is a long distance move. This will prevent you from overspending. There are several things that you need to do to create a moving budget checklist.
Determine What the Type of Budget You Want to Use
It is easier than ever creating a budget thanks to technology. You can use a Microsoft Excel spreadsheet. There are also online budget templates that you can use. If you are not a fan of technology, then you can create a budget with a paper, pen and calculator.
Itemize Each Expense
Every cost that is associated with moving will need to have its own category. Moving services, packing supplies, personal travel costs and vehicle transportation are some of the moving expenses.
A moving company will charge you for the following moving services.
- Loading the truck
- Transporting your goods
- Unloading the truck
- Unpacking your belongings
It is important to get estimates before you hire a moving company. There are two types of estimates. You can get a binding and non-binding estimate. It is best to get a binding estimate because it will not change.
If you hire a moving company, then they can pack for you. There will not be any need for you to purchase packing supplies. However, if you choose to pack your own belongings, then you will need to budget for the following.
- High-quality moving boxes
- Moving tape
- Bubble wrap
- Ropes and cords for securing items
- Moving blankets
There are several ways that you can save money on supplies. For example, you can get free moving boxes from grocery stores and book stores. You can also use towels and blankets to protect fragile items.
Personal Travel Expenses
Even if the moving company will be transporting your belongings, you will need to make personal travel arrangements. If you travel by plane, train or bus, then you will need to arrange for the following.
- Baggage fees
- Airfare, bus fare or train fare
- Transportation to and from the station
If you will be traveling by car, then you will need to budget for the following.
- Car Tune-up or Oil Change
- Hotel (If the trip will be more than one day.)
Vehicle Transportation Costs
Driving to your destination will be cheaper. However, if you have to travel a long distance or have multiple cars to transport, then you will have to budget for a vehicle relocation service.