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How to Budget For Your Move

How to Budget For Your Move

Moving is not cheap — even if you’re moving across town and it’s a relatively small undertaking. Moving not only incurs costs of buying a new place and hiring a Realtor to sell your old one, but also to hire a moving service you can trust and buy all the supplies you need to make the move. Budgeting for a move well beforehand is the best way to get prepared and handle any financial hurdles that may come your way. Research is key so you don’t overspend. Here are some tips on how to budget for your move:

Start Saving

Whether you have nothing saved, or you have a little, start saving as soon as you learn about the move. Open a separate account for moving expenses and draw from that account to keep everything straight. Aside from saving a portion of your income, you can also sell off your spare car or furniture that won’t fit in the new place. Hold a garage sale and get rid of old clothing, collectibles, and toys to bring in extra cash.

If you rent, inquire about getting the cleaning/damage deposit back on your unit that you paid upfront when you first moved in. Ask your employer to pay you for vacation time not taken. You’ll likely need a couple days off work to handle the move, so get money where you can.

Moving Supplies

You don’t have to buy anything expensive when moving. You can find boxes at the grocery store, or ask family and friends for all the boxes and bins they have sitting around. Instead of buying bubble wrap, used crumpled newspaper to keep your collectibles and dishes safe. You don’t have to rent pads and blankets from your moving company. Instead, use your own ratty blankets, area rugs, and old towels to act as a cushion. Borrow anything you can, and get bulk rates on things like packing tape.

Moving Services

The moving company you choose can make or break your budget. When asking around for rates, find out what each company charges and ask for a breakdown. The biggest way to break your budget is to get a bill with hidden or surprise fees on it. Find out upfront what all fees are for and when you will be charged. Consider packing your own belongings to save money. Then, your movers simply have to pick up your boxes and load them into the truck.

Don’t choose the first movers you speak to. Costs vary by company so get at least a few estimates.

Other Tips

Here are some miscellaneous tips to save money when moving.

  • If your utility bill dates don’t coincide with your moving date, consider shutting off cable or phone service before you leave. That’s because most utility and cable companies won’t prorate your service, so you may have to pay for a whole month of service even though you didn’t use it.
  • Save money on child care when asking neighborhood teens or family members to watch your kids while you move.
  • Look into tax deductions for moving expenses.
  • Ask your employer if they will help with the cost of your move, if this is a business relocation. Most do.

Contact Quick Trip Movers

For your next small move or quick haul, Quick Trip Movers should be your first phone call. We can provide you with a free estimate and book an appointment that’s convenient to you. We’ll help you save money. Contact us today!

Moving Tips

Moving Timeline Checklist: Your Guide

Is your impending move coming closer and closer? There are certain things you should be crossing off your to-do list as that big date approaches. With the excitement of a new move comes the fear of not being able to get it all done in time. Check out this handy checklist of what to do one month out from your move, then one week out, then one day out. It’s important to be organized and prepared in order to ensure a seamless move.

One Month Out

Get Organized: Buy some color coded folders and files where you can store all the paperwork that pertains to your move. Take detailed notes in a notebook and store receipts and other small pieces of paper in the pockets.

Sort through all your belongings. Keep them in three separate piles: one to donate, one to throw away and one to keep.

Research moving companies. Inquire about rates, experience, and services offered. Find out if they specialize in the type of move you need, such as small moves or quick hauls.

Purchase and gather all your needed supplies such as boxes, tape and bubble wrap.

Register your vehicle in your new city. Sign up for automatic alerts when it comes to tax payments and license deadlines, so you don’t have to bring a ton of paperwork to the DMV.

Register your new address with the United States Postal Service. The USPS allows you to request mail forwarding for up to a year, provided you submit a Change of Address form to them in time.

Contact the utility companies (gas and electric, as well as phone, cable and Internet) in both your new place and old. Tell them your new address and apprise them of your move-in date. This way, you won’t experience any service interruptions.

Register to vote in your new town by visiting the town hall.

Secure a new doctor for yourself and family. Be sure to call a few different primary care providers as well as specialists. You don’t want to be without a trusted doctor in between, as colds and broken bones wait for no one!

Take a look at your insurance coverage and make sure you have enough. Go over your existing coverage and transfer your homeowner’s and auto policies to the new address.

Cancel all subscriptions. This includes magazines, newspapers, and gym memberships.

One Week Out

Pack: Go room by room so as not to get overwhelmed. Label and color code all boxes with the contents and which rooms they should be placed into once at the new home. Antiques, collectibles and electronics should be packed separately and with the appropriate packing supplies to avoid breakage.

Properly dispose of hazardous materials such as paint and propane.

Call your mover and confirm the day and time they will show up to handle your move.

One Day Out

Arrange for babysitting to keep little kids out from underfoot.

Pack a kit of everything you will need in the car to get to your new place. This will include phone, charger, snacks, medication, diapers, electronics, and comfort items for kids.

Print out a list of your inventory so you can check it off as each box is moved.

Contact Quick Trip Movers

If you’re looking for affordable rates on residential small moves, quick hauls and pickup/delivery, Quick Trip Movers is your #1 choice. Contact us today to schedule your move.

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