Your Moving Budget: Getting ready for Everything

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

Packing up your house and moving to Wichita Falls is usually exhilarating--and also pricey. If you believe relocating is on your horizon, it is not too early to generate a budget to make sure that you're all set for the expenses that come in addition to cardboard boxes and tape and moving trucks. As with most of life's ventures, the devil is in the details. And when you move, it's the items that never touch a moving van that equate to unforeseen expenditures such as child and animal care, car or truck transport, lodging along the way. Prepare your finances in advance so you're aware of expenses as you go.

Let's start with what you would consider hidden expenses--the expenditures associated with moving to Wichita Falls that don't relate to the specific move.

House Hunting

In the event your move is local or a company-paid relocation, you can omit this portion. When your move is long-distance and you're going to be footing the bills, you'll want to take into account the costs of home searching. This consists of airfare, lodging, food and fuel should you be driving the mileage to your new area. Bringing the youngsters and dog along is probably more enjoyable theoretically, consequently include babysitters and pet care.

Be mindful of the money you pay on the front end. Receiving a great selling price for your home and expecting you will be flush with cash after closing is okay, but do not get ahead of yourself. Selling a residence comes with realtor costs, and inevitably you'll have to cover a few maintenance tasks or closing costs for the home buyer. So, travel coach until you have got the funds in your account.

Supplies, Trucks, and Labor

The actual physical move to Wichita Falls is really the most monetarily clear cost along the way. Your professional mover should come to your home to offer a detailed estimation depending on the amount of spaces, estimated weight (nobody brings scales, so don't worry about that) mileage, and labor needed. They can provide a printed estimate that itemizes the scope of work and the expense for every component. If there are pianos, grandfather clocks, antiques, or items that should be fully crated and uncrated, anticipate paying supplemental charges for those add-ons.

Most movers present you with a wide selection of services from a full-service move, in which they arrive, furnished with cartons and tape and blankets and pack up all the stuff for you, to basic service in which they send over a moving van and a couple of people to load, drive, and unload.

If you want to do your own packing, the moving company you choose can provide you with the boxes, tape, and other materials you'll need. Some people are at ease packing everything while others prefer the movers pack fragile things like mirrors, fine art and electronics. Ask your mover what those a la carte services or specialty boxes run. You don't want to damage your new Ultra HD Television set by utilizing the incorrect box and packaging supplies.

This is usually the most costly portion of the move to Wichita Falls, but you'll know that number ahead of time, so you can build the remainder of your budget around it.


Check with your insurance specialist about the way your homeowners insurance works for a move; you might need additional insurance coverage that is effective during the move itself. It's likely that you are covered, but an additional rider that is exempt from your deductible isn't a terrible strategy.

Murphy's Law is never truer than when you are moving, and homes aren't always totally ready for new owners. Particularly when you happen to be building or remodeling ahead of moving in, arrange for short-term storage until all the work is done.

If you are driving to your new residence, taking your vehicles there is obviously simple. If you're not, you may have a couple of alternatives-talk to your moving company in Wichita Falls regarding including automobiles in the estimate together with your household goods move or a automobile transportation service or a road trip along with your college friend and then purchase them a return plane ticket home.

Getting There Is All the Fun

Considering that you are merely worn out contemplating all of the ways you and your funds part company throughout a move, there is one more thing. When you hit the road for a long-distance move, you've got to take into account places to stay and meals along the route. Should you be flying, there is the airfare to take into account, along with furry friend transportation costs (except in cases where a driving adult takes the pets).

Uncovering hidden expenditures and preparing for what might go wrong should go a long way when it comes to a simple and stress-free move, if such a thing exists. Your moving company is an excellent resource pertaining to any concerns you have. Believe us, we've seen a great deal and usually have the response to almost anything.

When you are all set to start budgeting for your move to Wichita Falls, give us a call!