The key to success is proper and thorough preparation. Moving is no exception. Putting together a financial moving plan can help you turn your move from a stressful experience to a rewarding one. The first step in preparing to move is drawing up a realistic budget. Don’t know where to start? Don’t worry! Bekins Moving Solutions has your back. We’ve put together a list of the five most common relocation expenses, which are often forgotten when planning a move. These costs can apply to both residential and commercial moves.
1. Moving Supplies and Boxes
Are you at the point in your moving preparation where you are begging local grocery store for spare boxes? We have all been there. Even if you do get a majority of boxes for free, you still need to buy tape, markers, labels, and protective supplies such as bubble wrap. These small expenses can add up.
2. Transportation Expenses
If you are making a long distance move, you may have some additional expenses to make it to your new city. Depending on the time it will take to make it to your new location, you may have to stay the night at a hotel. Use online travel calculators to calculate costs for gas. Remember to put aside some extra cash for meals along the way or pack some meals and refreshments in a cooler.
3. Utility Deposits for Your New Address
This is one of the most commonly looked over moving costs. Such deposits can range from $25 to $250, so don’t forget to budget this in. Call your new utility company in advance to schedule your hook-up and find out the associated costs with starting service.
4. Vehicle Registration and New Driver’s License
If you are not moving out of state, you don’t have to worry. However, if you are moving out of state, you will need to get a new license and register your vehicle in that state. Be aware that some states have additional expenses when registering your car such as smog checks or inspections that could add a bit to your budget.
5. Repairs to Your Current or New Home or Office
If you are selling your property, you will likely have a few repairs that you will need to make before putting your home on the market. Typical costs include new paint, new carpeting, or ceiling fans. You may want to set aside a small remodeling fund for your new home as well. Perhaps you want a fresh coat of paint in your new kitchen before you unpack or purchase some new equipment for your office. Budgeting in these additional expenses can help to create some financial wiggle room to create a less stressful moving experience.
If you are trying to calculate your relocation expenses, contact the experts at Bekins Moving Solutions today. Call (877) 594- 1187 today for your free moving estimate.