Moving time means you're busy and stressed. So the last thing most of us will want to do is to plan a moving budget. Still, it's worth carving out the time to think through all the various expenses so you're not surprised by unexpected costs. Follow the below steps, and you'll have a much better feel for what your entire move will cost.
Here are the four steps to creating a moving budget:
Create a moving budget template in a spreadsheet such as Microsoft Excel or Google Sheets. We'll outline some of the expenses to budget and track in the next steps.
Professional movers will provide a quote for the cost of your move. Be sure to ask about extra expenses such as:
Extra costs to consider if you move yourself without a moving company:
Estimate costs for supplies such as boxes, tape, markers, bubble wrap, mattress covers, and padding
During moving out and moving in days you may want extra support such as:
If you're preparing for a long-distance move, consider the costs for the following:
Since it's hard to plan for all the incidental costs of your move, we recommend adding an additional five percent to your total for the unexpected costs that tend to crop up. Your moving consultant at Piepho Moving & Storage can always help you think through your moving costs. We're your local Allied Van Lines agent in Minneapolis, St. Paul, Rochester, Mankato MN or La Crosse Wisconsin. 800-622-4515.
Best wishes for a safe and easy move!