Your Moving Budget: Preparing for Everything

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

Packing up your residence and moving to Austin can be exhilarating--and also expensive. If you believe moving is in your future, it's not too soon to make a spending budget to make sure that you're all set for the expenses that come in addition to packing containers and tape and moving trucks. As with many of life's escapades, the devil is in the details. And when you move, it's the stuff that don't ever make contact with a moving truck that equate to unexpected costs including child and pet care, vehicle transfer, accommodations along the way. Plan your budget ahead of time so you will be mindful of expenses as you go along.

Let's begin with what you would consider hidden costs--the expenditures linked to moving to Austin which do not incorporate the actual move.

House Hunting

If your move is local or a company-paid relocation, you can forego this section. In the event your move is long-distance and you're going to be paying the costs, make sure to factor in the costs of house searching. This includes airfare, lodging, food and fuel should you be driving the distance to your new location. Bringing the children and family dog along is probably more fun in theory, so add in babysitters and animal care.

Keep an eye on the funds it will cost on the front end. Receiving a good selling price for your house and expecting you'll be flush with funds following closing is fine, but try not to get ahead of yourself. Selling a residence includes real estate agent costs, and invariably you'll have to take care of some repairs or closing costs for the purchaser. And so, go coach until you have got the money in your bank account.

Supplies, Trucks, and Labor

The actual move to Austin is the most financially clear cost along the way. Your professional mover will want to come to your house to provide a detailed estimate in accordance with the quantity of spaces, projected weight (nobody brings scales, so don't worry about that) distance, and workers required. They can provide a written quotation that itemizes the scope of work and the charge for every part. Should there be pianos, grandfather clocks, collectibles, or items that will need to be completely crated and uncrated, anticipate paying extra costs for those add-ons.

Most movers present you with a wide range of options from a full-service move, where they enter, furnished with boxes and tape and blankets and pack up everything for you, to basic service in which they send over a moving van along with a couple of guys to load, drive, and unload.

If you would like do your own packing, the moving company you select can supply you with the cartons, tape, and other necessities you will need. Some individuals are confident packing everything whilst others prefer the movers pack specialty things such as mirrors, paintings and electronic products. Ask your mover what the a la carte services or specialty boxes run. Don't destroy your new Ultra HD Television by utilizing the improper box and packing materials.

This is clearly the priciest part of the move to Austin, but you will understand that amount ahead of time, to help you build the rest of your budget around it.


Ask your insurance advisor regarding the way in which homeowners policy works for a move; you might need supplemental insurance coverage that's effective during the move itself. It's likely that you're protected, but an additional rider that is free from your deductible is not a bad idea.

Murphy's Law is never more true than when you're moving, and homes are not always all set for new owners. Particularly if you're building or renovating ahead of moving in, arrange for temporary storage until all the work is done.

If you are driving to your new home, getting the vehicles there is obviously simple. If not, you most likely have a few options-talk to your moving company in Austin regarding incorporating automobiles in the quote together with your household goods move or a automobile transportation service or a road trip with your college roomie and then buy them a return plane ticket home.

Getting There Is All the Fun

Now that you're just drained considering each of the ways you and your money part company throughout a move, there is one more thing. When you hit the road for a long-distance move, you have to take into account lodging and meals along the route. If you're flying, there's the airline tickets to take into consideration, in addition to pet transportation fees (except in cases where a driving adult takes the animals).

Uncovering concealed expenditures and getting ready for what might go wrong should go a considerable way towards a smooth and stress-free move, if such a thing exists. Your moving company is a great source of information pertaining to any questions you have. Trust us, we have seen it all and most likely have the answer to nearly anything.

If you are ready to begin budgeting for your move to Austin, contact us!