Your Moving Budget: Planning for Everything
By Julie DeLong, A-1 Freeman Moving Group
Let's start with what you'll consider hidden costs--the costs associated with moving to Atlanta which don't incorporate the actual move.
If your move is local or a company-paid relocation, you may omit this section. In the event your move is long-distance and you are funding the bills, be sure to consider the expenses of house shopping. This consists of airline tickets, lodging, food and gas should you be driving the distance to your new area. Bringing the kids and family dog along is most likely more pleasant in your imagination, so include babysitters and pet care.
Keep an eye on the money you pay on the front end. Getting a good amount for your home and expecting you'll be overflowing with cash following closing is fine, but don't get ahead of yourself. Selling a property comes with realtor costs, and almost always you will have to cover a few home repairs or settlement costs for the home buyer. So, travel coach until you have got the cash in your bank account.
Supplies, Trucks, and Labor
The actual physical move to Atlanta is really the most financially transparent expenditure along the way. Your professional mover will need to come to your house to offer a detailed estimation depending on the number of areas, estimated weight (no one brings scales, so don't fret about that) mileage, and labor needed. They will provide you with a written estimate that itemizes the scope of work and the cost for each component. Should there be pianos, grandfather clocks, antiques, or belongings which will need to be completely crated and uncrated, count on paying additional charges for those add-ons.
Just about all movers offer a wide selection of options from a full-service move, in which they come in, furnished with boxes and tape and moving blankets and pack up all the stuff for you, to basic service where they send over a moving van plus a couple of people to load, drive, and unload.
If you wish to perform your own packing, the moving company you select can supply you with the packing containers, tape, along with other supplies you will require. Some people are confident packing every thing while some prefer the movers pack fragile things like mirrors, fine art and electronics. Be sure to ask your mover what those a la carte services or specialty boxes cost. Don't damage your new Ultra HD Television by using the wrong box and packing materials.
This is easily the costliest portion of the move to Atlanta, but you will understand that number ahead of time, so you can put together the remainder of your budget around it.
Ask your insurance specialist regarding how your homeowners policy works for a move; you could need supplemental insurance that is effective throughout the move itself. It's likely that you are taken care of, but an additional rider that's exempt from your deductible isn't a terrible idea.
Murphy's Law is never truer than when you're moving, and homes aren't always totally ready for new owners. Especially if you are building or renovating prior to moving in, plan for short-term storage until all the work is finished.
If you're driving to your new house, taking your cars there is obviously straightforward. If you're not, you most likely have a handful of choices-talk to your moving company in Atlanta regarding incorporating automobiles in the bid with your household goods move or a vehicle transportation service or a road trip together with your college roommate and after that purchase them a return ticket home.
Getting There Is All the Fun
Given that you are just worn out considering all the ways you and your money part company throughout a move, there's something else. Once you hit the road for a long-distance move, you have got to plan for lodging and food along the route. Should you be flying, there is the airfare to bear in mind, along with pet transport costs (unless a driving person takes the animals).
Uncovering hidden charges and preparing for what could go wrong goes quite a distance towards a smooth and stress-free move, if such a thing exists. Your moving company is a superb resource for any questions you have. Trust us, we've seen a great deal and usually have the solution to just about anything.