Planning Your Moving Budget
How much will it cost?
That would probably be question number one a person
planning to move would ask.
The cost of moving is not a simple question. Whether your employer
is paying for your relocation, or you plan to cover it from your own pocket -
the following topics will help you better understand the financial side of
1. Budgeting your move
How to save on your move
Getting the right estimate
Tipping the movers
Deducting moving expenses from your
Budgeting your move
important to establish a budget for moving expenses as soon as you decide to
move. List all the expenses that might occur before, during, and after the
move. If you decide to hire a professional moving company you need to estimate
the cost of your move.
of moving when you hire a professional mover depends on several factors:
The weight of your move. The more weight, the more cost.
The number of miles you're traveling and the states of
your old home and your destination. Some carriers only serve certain states.
The time you decide to move.
How easy is the access to your home or apartment.
expect paying more for your move during peak times. Moving industry is usually
The summer. It is usually cheaper to move between October
Last week of each month (especially last day) and first
During the summer middle of the month is also a busy
planning the budget for your move, don't forget additional costs that you might
incur. Those costs include:
hotel room, if you will need a place to stay while your
belongings are en route
car rental if you will be shipping your car
utilities fees for shutting off or turning on existing or
tip for the movers
How to save on your move
some tips on how to save on your move:
The more work you are willing to do, the less your move will cost. For instance, if you are
willing to pack and load and unload your belongings onto and off of the truck,
there are movers who will handle the driving and will charge you considerably
less than a full-service mover who will handle all the aspects of you move from
packing and loading to driving and unloading.
Back Bonuses: Credit
cards or bank accounts with cash back bonuses can help save you money on your
You can reduce the cost of your move by saving on
Here are some suggestions:
Get affordable packing supplies
by ordering them online.
Ask friends who have recently moved to give or sell you
Try using crumpled newspaper as an alternative to
bubble wrap to pad breakables.
Shop around for the cheapest deal on
and other supplies.
Instead of renting
from the truck rental company, use your own blankets, linens and area rugs for padding. However, most
moving companies offer free blanket wrapping of the furniture. Make sure to
check it with the company representative.
Packing: You can
reduce the cost of your move by doing your own packing. Consider a "you
pack, we drive" arrangement, in which you pack boxes, and the moving
company loads, moves, and unloads your belongings. Make sure you study the Packing Tips section
of the moving guide.
Flexibility: You can save on
your move if you don't mind to wait for your belongings for a while. Moving
companies sometimes give significant cost reductions if they can
short-term-store and consolidate your moving items with other customers'
Rid of Things: Save
on your move by eliminating as much as possible. Walk through your home
carefully in advance with an eye toward finding things you really don't need or
want. Your house probably contains a lot of things that you no longer use, and
have probably even forgotten about. Whether the cost of your move is going to
be based on weight or time, it will cost you to move things you can really do
Getting the right estimate
are usually based on labor time while
long distance moves
are charged based on weight and distance. In addition to those charges
most moving companies have additional charges for various services. Make sure
to check with your mover what additional charges might apply to your move.
companies might charge additional fees for various services they provide during
the move. Those fees might include:
Packing and/or unpacking
Long walk from truck to the house
Extra heavy items such as piano or safe
Disassembly or reassembly of furniture or other devices
to check with your mover what additional charges might apply to your move. Always demand a written contract covering all the
details of the service. The contract
sure you get
estimates from several moving companies.
It is free, so take
advantage of it. Quotes given over the telephone and the Internet are difficult
for a mover to guarantee.
and Non-Binding Estimates: There are mainly two types of moving estimates: binding and
non-binding. In most cases you would prefer to have a binding estimate for your
move. Find out how binding is each estimate you get from movers.
properly estimate your job professional mover needs to see exactly what has to
be moved. It might be a good idea to ask for a free on-site
estimate before engaging with a moving company. Get several online
or phone estimates and 2-3 on-site estimates before you choose a mover.
getting an estimate, make sure to mention all the items to be moved for an
accurate assessment. Make sure that you show the estimator EVERYTHING you plan
to take. Don't forget to look in the basement, closets, garage, attic, garden,
certain that the estimator has marked all items that are "going" and "not
going" on the survey sheet. Keep in mind that if you decide to take more items
than you mentioned during on-site estimate
the total cost of your move will probably change, even if the estimate was
estimator will prepare an estimate that will include transportation charges
based on the list of items you mentioned and the charges of additional services
that you requested. Inform the moving company of any changes with your
shipment. Effective communication is a key factor for a successful move.
rush to book with the company that gives you the lowest estimate. It'll be easy
to discard high estimates but should you receive an estimate that is
substantially lower than the others, inquire as to why. Perhaps the move
estimator didn't see a piece of heavy machinery such as the washing machine in
the basement. If he did and he sticks by his estimate, ask him to make it
binding and to put it in writing.
4. Tipping the movers
5. Deducting moving expenses from your taxes
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