Create A Moving Budget That Considers Many Factors

Develop your moving budget carefully and leave room for unexpected costs. (graphs/

By Mike Jones, VP of Operations,

When you’re moving, you (hopefully) set budgets. You need to know how much you can spend on your new place, how much you can spend on hiring movers and how much it’ll cost to rent a storage unit for the items you aren’t ready for yet. Those two big costs are easy to remember. You might also factor in how much you can spend on major renovations when developing your moving budget. That’s all great, but make sure you leave more space in your budget for moving day and move-in week expenses. Your moving budget needs to have a spot for these items because they tend to be bunches of little purchases that suddenly turn into a big total amount.

Develop your moving budget carefully and leave room for unexpected costs. (graphs/
Develop your moving budget carefully and leave room for unexpected costs. (graphs/

Moving day expenses are things that you need during that last round of packing or when you’re actually hauling stuff all over town to your next place. This would be things like more tape, more boxes, a broom, cleaning supplies, paper towels…and the list could go on and on. You’ll find that you need a lot of things throughout the day and that you’re running back and forth to various stores. These costs add up quickly. You should also factor in how much it’ll cost to buy food and drinks for anybody that is helping you move. While this isn’t a requirement, it’s something that you should consider. Little items accumulate and turn into the cost of big items. Keeping an eye on these day-of expenses can keep you out of trouble and keep you within your moving budget.

Another aspect of your moving budget that people don’t think about are all of the little improvements you need to do for a new home. People know to leave a big chunk of change free to do remodeling, but all of the little touches around the home can add up quickly. Leave space in your moving budget for little renovations. Little renovations are things like shelf paper, towel hooks for the wall, blinds, window treatments, more cables for your TV set up, nails to hang pictures, paint, and (again) the list can go on and on. These little costs can cause major headaches if you don’t put them into your moving budget.

Moving is often thought of as a headache inducing, stressful time–which is usually is–but you can avoid some of those headaches or be better prepared to deal with them. Be ready to tackle common problems and establish a well-padded budget for moving. Having issues with money is a quick way to get a headache, so avoid those problems with a well thought out budget.