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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 home and moving to Austin can be exciting--and also expensive. If you think moving is in the near future, it isn't too early to come up with a spending budget to make sure that you're ready for the expenditures that come along with boxes and tape and moving trucks. As with many of life's adventures, the devil is in the details. And when you move, it will be the items that don't ever come near a truck that amount to unanticipated costs including child and pet care, car or truck transportation, accommodations on the way. Organize your spending budget ahead of time so you're mindful of expenses as you go along.

Let's start with what you'll consider hidden costs--the expenditures linked to moving to Austin which don't incorporate the actual move.

House Hunting

In the event your move is local or a company-paid relocation, you can forego this portion. When your move is long-distance and you are footing the bills, be sure to factor in the expenses of house searching. This consists of airline tickets, accommodations, meals and gas if you are driving the distance to your new spot. Bringing the kids and family dog along is probably more fun in theory, consequently add in babysitters and pet care.

Keep an eye on the funds it will cost on the front end. Getting a good selling price for your home and predicting you will end up flush with funds following closing is ok, but try not to get ahead of yourself. Selling a property comes with realtor costs, and almost always you will have to pay a few repairs or settlement costs for the home buyer. So, travel coach until you have got the money in the bank.

Supplies, Trucks, and Labor

The actual move to Austin is probably the most economically clear expense along the way. Your professional mover will want to come to your home to provide an accurate estimation in accordance with the amount of areas, estimated weight (no one brings scales, so don't be concerned about that) mileage, and crew members required. They will provide you with a written bid that itemizes the scope of work and the charge for each section. If there are pianos, grandfather clocks, antiques, or belongings which will need to be fully crated and uncrated, count on paying additional fees for those add-ons.

Just about all movers offer a wide range of services from a full-service move, in which they arrive, furnished with cartons and tape and moving pads and pack up all the stuff for you, to basic service where they send over a moving truck plus a couple of fellas to load, drive, and unload.

If you would like perform your own packing, the moving company you choose can provide you with the packing containers, tape, along with other supplies you'll need. Some individuals are confident packing everything while others prefer the movers pack specialty things like mirrors, fine art and electronics. Make sure you ask your mover what the a la carte services or specialty boxes cost. You won't want to break your new Ultra HD Television set by utilizing the inappropriate box and packing materials.

This is clearly the costliest element of the move to Austin, but you will understand that amount upfront, in order to build the rest of your budget around it.


Check with your insurance agent about the way your homeowners plan works for a move; you might need extra insurance protection that is effective during the move itself. Chances are that you will be protected, but an supplemental rider which is free from your deductible is not a terrible idea.

Murphy's Law is never truer than when you are moving, and residences are not always all set for new owners. Particularly when you happen to be building or remodeling prior to moving in, prepare for non-permanent storage until all the work is finished.

Should you be driving to your new residence, getting the cars there is clearly simple. Otherwise, you most likely have a few choices-talk to your moving company in Austin regarding including automobiles in the estimate with your household goods move or a automobile transport service or a road trip with your college roomie and after that purchase them a return plane ticket home.

Getting There Is All the Fun

Now that you are simply drained considering each of the ways you and your money part company within a move, there is yet another thing. Once you hit the road for a long-distance move, you need to take into account places to stay and food along the way. If you're flying, there is the plane tickets to take into account, in addition to furry friend transportation charges (unless a driving individual takes the pets).

Tracking down obscured costs and getting ready for what might go wrong will go a long way when it comes to a simple and stress-free move, if such a thing is out there. Your moving company is an excellent source of information pertaining to any issues you have. Trust us, we've seen a great deal and usually have the solution to just about anything.

If you are ready to begin budgeting for your move to Austin, call 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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