Your Moving Budget: Preparing for Everything

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

Packing up your home and moving to Dallas is usually exciting--and also expensive. If you believe moving is in the near future, it is not too early to come up with a budget to ensure that you're ready for the expenses that will come in addition to packing containers and tape and moving trucks. As with a lot of life's escapades, the devil is in the details. When you move, it's the things that do not ever make contact with a moving truck that amount to unforeseen expenses such as child and family pet care, car or truck transfer, accommodations along the route. Organize your budget in advance so you're aware of costs along the way.

Let's begin with what you would consider hidden expenditures--the expenses associated with moving to Dallas that don't involve the actual move.

House Hunting

If your move is local or a company-paid relocation, you might forego this section. When your move is long-distance and you're funding the bills, make sure to take into account the expenses of house shopping. This consists of airfare, lodging, meals and fuel if you're driving the distance to your new spot. Bringing the children and family pet along is most likely more enjoyable in your imagination, consequently incorporate babysitters and animal care.

Keep in mind the funds it will cost on the front end. Receiving a good amount for your house and expecting you will be overflowing with money following closing is ok, but do not get ahead of yourself. Selling a property comes along with realtor fees, and invariably you will need to cover a few home repairs or settlement costs for the home buyer. So, travel coach until you've got the cash in the bank.

Supplies, Trucks, and Labor

The actual move to Dallas is probably the most financially transparent expense in the process. Your professional mover should come to your residence to offer an accurate calculation depending on the number of rooms, estimated weight (nobody brings scales, so don't fret about that) mileage, and workers needed. They will give you a written bid that itemizes the scope of work and the cost for each section. In case there are pianos, grandfather clocks, antiques, or belongings which will need to be entirely crated and uncrated, expect to pay additional fees for those add-ons.

The majority of movers provide a number of services from a full-service move, where they come in, armed with cardboard boxes and tape and moving pads and pack up all the stuff for you, to basic service in which they send over a moving truck along with a couple of people to load, drive, and unload.

If you would like perform your own packing, the moving company you choose can provide you with the boxes, tape, along with other materials you'll need. Some people are confident packing all things while others wish to have the movers pack specialty items such as mirrors, artwork and electronic products. Be sure to ask your mover what the a la carte services or specialty boxes cost. You won't want to break your new Ultra HD TV by utilizing the inappropriate box and packaging supplies.

This is easily the priciest part of the move to Dallas, but you will understand that number ahead of time, in order to put together the remainder of your budget around it.


Check with your insurance advisor regarding the way in which homeowners policy works for a move; you could need extra insurance coverage that's effective throughout the move itself. Chances are that you will be taken care of, but an extra rider that is exempt from your deductible isn't a bad approach.

Murphy's Law is never truer than when you are moving, and homes aren't always all set for new owners. Particularly if you're building or renovating ahead of moving in, arrange for non-permanent storage until all the work is completed.

For anyone who is driving to your new residence, taking your cars there is undoubtedly simple. If not, you may have a handful of options-talk to your moving company in Dallas regarding including automobiles in the bid with your household goods move or a automobile transportation service or a road trip with your college friend and then get them a return ticket home.

Getting There Is All the Fun

Given that you might be merely drained contemplating each of the ways you and your cash part company during a move, there's yet another thing. Once you hit the road for a long-distance move, you need to take into account places to stay and meals as you go along. If you're flying, there's the plane tickets to consider, as well as family pet transportation costs (except if a driving individual takes the pets).

Uncovering concealed expenses and getting ready for what could go wrong goes quite a distance towards a simple and stress-free move, if such a thing exists. Your moving company is a great source of information pertaining to any questions you have. Believe us, we have seen it all and usually have the response to almost anything.

When you are all set to begin budgeting for your move to Dallas, call us!