Moving is expensive. That's why it's important to create a budget beforehand so you know close to what you are going to spend. Here are just some of the expenses that are important to include in your moving budget.
This one is the most obvious, but it can also be the most expensive, so you need to make sure you allocate enough money. The amount you’ll pay for movers is greatly dependent on the distance, amount you’re moving, and length of time it takes to move. Reach out to several movers and get quotes. Make sure you also check out reviews as there may be a reason a company charges so much less than the competition. Keep in mind that prices may be higher during peak moving times, such as summer or the weekends.
Items such as boxes, tape, bubble wrap, etc. can add up quickly. Utilize social media and online listings as people may have extra sitting around they are selling for less or just giving away altogether. If you are moving without the assistance of movers, you may need to rent additional items such as hand trucks, furniture covers, etc.
If there is a gap between the time you leave your place and move into your new one or there are any unplanned delays, you may need to look into storage options for some of your belongings. Depending on the size and quality of the storage unit, you could be looking at anywhere from $90 to $200 a month.
POST MOVING CLEANING
As part of the moving process, you may find yourself needing to clean up your current residence before you leave for good. This is especially true if you paid a security deposit before you moved in. If you are planning on doing this yourself, it may not make much of a difference in your budget, but if you hire someone, expect to pay a couple of hundred dollars, depending on the size and condition of your home.