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November 01, 2018

Your Moving Budget: Planning for Everything

Moving - budgeting for a moveBy Julie DeLong, A-1 Freeman Moving Group 

Packing up your house and moving to Dallas is thrilling--and also costly. If you feel moving is in your future, it isn't too early to generate a budget to ensure that you're ready for the expenses that will come together with packing containers and tape and moving trucks. As with a lot of life's escapades, the devil is in the details. And whenever you move, it will be the items that do not ever come near a moving truck that add up to unexpected expenditures like child and pet care, vehicle transfer, lodging along the way. Organize your budget in advance so you will be mindful of costs as you go.

Let's begin with what you'll consider hidden costs--the expenditures related to moving to Dallas which don't incorporate the specific move.

House Hunting

If your move is local or a company-paid relocation, you can forego this portion. If your move is long-distance and you're going to be funding the expenses, you'll want to factor in the expenses of house hunting. Including plane tickets, lodging, meals and fuel if you are driving the distance to your new area. Bringing the youngsters and dog along is probably more fun in theory, therefore add in babysitters and pet care.

Keep in mind the money it will cost on the front end. Receiving a good amount for your residence and anticipating you'll be flush with money following closing is okay, but don't get ahead of yourself. Selling a residence comes with real estate agent costs, and inevitably you will have to cover a few repairs or closing costs for the home buyer. So, fly coach until you have got the funds in your bank account.

Supplies, Trucks, and Labor

The physical move to Dallas is the most financially clear expense in the process. Your professional mover will need to come to your house to provide a detailed calculation based on the number of rooms, estimated weight (no one brings scales, so don't worry about that) mileage, and crew members required. They will give you a printed estimate that itemizes the scope of work and the price for each part. Should there be pianos, grandfather clocks, collectibles, or belongings which should be completely crated and uncrated, count on paying additional fees for those add-ons.

Most movers offer a number of services from a full-service move, in which they enter, furnished with boxes and tape and moving blankets and pack up everything for you, to basic service where they send over a truck along with a couple of people to load, drive, and unload.

If you want to undertake your own packing, the moving company you choose can provide you with the cartons, tape, and other necessities you will need. Some individuals are confident packing everything whilst others prefer the movers pack fragile things such as mirrors, fine art and electronic devices. Make sure you ask your mover what the a la carte services or specialty boxes run. You don't want to damage your new Ultra HD TV by utilizing the incorrect box and packaging materials.

This is usually the most costly element of the move to Dallas, but you'll know that cost in advance, in order to put together the remainder of your budget around it.


Ask your insurance specialist regarding the way your homeowners policy works for a move; you might need supplemental insurance which is effective over the move itself. It's likely that you're taken care of, but an extra rider that's free from your deductible isn't a terrible idea.

Murphy's Law is never truer than when you find yourself moving, and residences aren't always ready for new owners. Especially if you happen to be building or remodeling prior to moving in, plan for non-permanent storage until all the work is done.

If you're driving to your new home, getting the cars there is undoubtedly simple. If you're not, you probably have a handful of alternatives-talk to your moving company in Dallas regarding including cars or trucks in the quote along with your household goods move or a vehicle transportation service or a road trip along with your college roommate after which you can purchase them a return ticket home.

Getting There Is All the Fun

Now that you might be simply exhausted considering each of the ways you and your cash part company throughout a move, there is something else. Once you hit the road for a long-distance move, you've got to take into account accommodations and meals along the way. Should you be flying, there's the airfare to bear in mind, in addition to furry friend transportation costs (unless a driving person takes the pets).

Finding hidden charges and getting ready for what may go wrong will go quite a distance on the way to a smooth and stress-free move, if such a thing is out there. Your moving company is a superb resource with regard to any questions you have. Believe us, we've seen it all and most likely have the answer to almost anything.

When you're set to begin budgeting for your move to Dallas, contact us!

The Mickelson Family
The Mickelson Family
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Very pleased with the overall respect and care the men gave to my possessions. Even mailing me very quickly the only thing lost in transit. Would recommend to anyone needing a long distant move.
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