If you are planning a move, one of the first things you should do is create a moving budget. However, many people feel completely overwhelmed with the number of stuff on their plate and the number of items they have to do, that they completely forget to set up a budget. If you are in the process of planning your move, the team at Affordable Quality Moving & Storage has put together tips to budget your trip.
Create a Moving Budget
Although most movers don’t think they have the time to set up a budget, it is something that will pay off in the long run. Without you even realizing, small items such as buying new bed sheets or restocking your shelves do add up. For that reason, setting up a moving budget should be the first thing on your list. We recommend using software programs because they are the easiest way to create a budget template. Using a software like Microsoft Word or Excel are some of the best programs you can use to create a moving budget.
Common Moving Expenses You Should Consider
One of the biggest mistakes people do is fail to add common expenses on to their moving budget list. We have compiled a list of some of the most common expenses you will have and that you should add to your list.
- Moving Company Expenses: This fee should include moving company and labor expenses. You should add an additional amount to your budget in case you may have extra charges for moving items like a piano or appliances. If you don’t want to deal with packing, Affordable Quality Moving & Storage can help you pack and unpack.
- DIY Moving Expenses: If you plan on moving on your own, there are a few changes you should include in your budget. Some of these expenses include truck rentals, mileage and gas, and extra rental equipment. You will most likely need moving materials such as a dolly and furniture covers for the moving day. If you have children or pets, you should include any additional services to care for your family during the moving process.
- Packing & Storage Fees: Although it may be difficult to determine how many packing supplies you will need for your move, it is important to estimate how much you will spend on your budget. In your budget, you should consider the costs for boxes, wrapping materials, storage fees, and moving insurance.
- Transportation: If you are moving to your new home in your car, you will need to add the costs of fuel, calculate an average price per meal per person, and any temporary housing you will need during the road trip.
If you need moving assistance, the team at Affordable Quality Moving & Storage is ready to help you. We offer a variety of moving services including packing, unpacking, and transportation. Contact us today for a free in-home estimate at (661) 622-2636!