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 Killeen is usually thrilling--and also costly. If you believe moving is in your future, it is not too soon to make a spending budget to ensure that you are ready for the expenditures that come in conjunction with packing containers and tape and moving trucks. As with most of life's adventures, the devil is in the details. And when you move, it's the items that do not ever make contact with a truck that amount to unexpected costs such as child and pet care, vehicle transportation, lodging along the way. Organize your spending budget beforehand so you will be aware of costs as you go.

Let's start with what you'd consider hidden expenses--the costs linked to moving to Killeen which do not incorporate the actual move.

House Hunting

If your move is local or a company-paid relocation, you may forego this portion. In the event your move is long-distance and you're footing the expenses, be sure to take into account the expense of home hunting. This includes plane tickets, hotels, food and fuel should you be driving the distance to your new area. Bringing the kids and family dog along is probably more pleasant theoretically, therefore include babysitters and pet care.

Keep an eye on the funds you pay on the front end. Receiving a outstanding amount for your home and predicting you'll be overflowing with money following closing is okay, but don't get ahead of yourself. Selling a residence includes real estate broker fees, and invariably you'll have to take care of a few home repairs or settlement costs for the buyer. And so, fly coach until you've got the money in the bank.

Supplies, Trucks, and Labor

The actual move to Killeen is the most financially clear expenditure in the process. Your professional mover will need to come to your home to provide a detailed approximation in accordance with the amount of rooms, approximated weight (nobody brings scales, so don't fret about that) mileage, and crew members required. They will give you a printed quotation that itemizes the scope of work and the expense per component. Should there be pianos, grandfather clocks, antiques, or items that must be totally crated and uncrated, expect to pay additional charges for those add-ons.

Just about all movers provide a number of options from a full-service move, where they come in, armed with boxes and tape and blankets and pack up all the stuff for you, to basic service in which they send over a moving truck and a couple of fellas to load, drive, and unload.

If you would like complete your own packing, the moving company you decide on can provide you with the cardboard boxes, tape, and other necessities you will need. Some individuals are comfortable packing all things while some would rather have the movers pack fragile things like decorative 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 damage your new Ultra HD Television by utilizing the improper box and packaging supplies.

This is easily the priciest part of the move to Killeen, but you'll know that amount ahead of time, so you can put together the remainder of your budget around it.


Consult your insurance agent regarding the way your homeowners plan works for a move; you might need supplemental insurance protection which is effective throughout the move itself. Chances are that you will be protected, but an supplemental rider that's exempt from your deductible is not a bad approach.

Murphy's Law is never more true than when you find yourself moving, and homes are not always ready for new owners. Especially if you are constructing or remodeling prior to moving in, arrange for temporary storage until all the work is done.

For anyone who is driving to your new residence, getting the vehicles there is clearly easy. If not, you may have a variety of alternatives-talk to your moving company in Killeen concerning incorporating vehicles in the quote together with your household goods move or a automobile transportation service or a road trip along with your college roommate and after that buy them a return ticket home.

Getting There Is All the Fun

Now that you might be just drained thinking about all 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've got to take into account accommodations and food as you go along. Should you be flying, there is the airline tickets to consider, in addition to family pet transportation charges (unless of course a driving person takes the animals).

Tracking down hidden expenses and preparing for what may go wrong goes a long way on the way to a streamlined and stress-free move, if such a thing is out there. Your moving company is a superb resource with regard to any issues you have. Believe us, we have seen it all and usually have the response to just about anything.

When you are ready to commence budgeting for your move to Killeen, call us!