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 Atlanta is usually exciting--and also expensive. If you think relocating is on your horizon, it's not too early to generate a budget so that you're all set for the costs which come along with boxes and tape and moving trucks. As with many of life's escapades, the devil is in the details. When you move, it is the items that never touch a moving truck that amount to unexpected expenses such as child and family pet care, car or truck transportation, places to stay along the route. Prepare your finances ahead of time so you are mindful of expenses along the way.

Let's start with what you'll consider hidden expenses--the expenditures related to moving to Atlanta which don't involve the specific move.

House Hunting

In the event your move is local or a company-paid relocation, you may skip over this section. If your move is long-distance and you're funding the expenses, you'll want to factor in the expenses of house hunting. This includes airline tickets, hotels, food and gasoline should you be driving the mileage to your new area. Bringing the kids and dog along may perhaps be more enjoyable in theory, consequently incorporate babysitters and pet care.

Be mindful of the funds it will cost on the front end. Receiving a outstanding selling price for your residence and expecting you will end up overflowing with cash after closing is fine, but don't get ahead of yourself. Selling a home comes with realtor fees, and inevitably you will have to pay some home repairs or closing costs for the purchaser. Consequently, travel coach until you have got the funds in your account.

Supplies, Trucks, and Labor

The actual move to Atlanta is really the most financially clear cost in the process. Your professional mover will want to come to your house to offer a precise estimate depending on the amount of areas, projected weight (no one brings scales, so don't fret about that) distance, and crew members needed. They will give you a printed bid that itemizes the scope of work and the cost per part. Should there be pianos, grandfather clocks, antiques, or belongings which should be fully crated and uncrated, anticipate paying supplemental costs for those add-ons.

The majority of movers present you with a number of services from a full-service move, in which they enter, armed with cardboard boxes and tape and moving pads and pack up all the stuff for you, to basic service in which they send over a moving truck plus a couple of guys to load, drive, and unload.

If you wish to do your own packing, the moving company you decide on can provide you with the packing containers, tape, as well as other materials you will need. Some people are confident packing every thing whilst others would rather have the movers pack fragile items such as decorative mirrors, art and electronic products. Be sure to ask your mover what those a la carte services or specialty boxes run. Don't destroy your new Ultra HD TV by utilizing the inappropriate box and packaging materials.

This is clearly the priciest element of the move to Atlanta, but you will know that cost ahead of time, so you can build the remainder of your budget around it.


Check with your insurance specialist regarding how your homeowners coverage works for a move; you may need supplemental insurance that is effective during the move itself. Chances are that you're taken care of, but an supplemental rider which is exempt from your deductible isn't a awful approach.

Murphy's Law is never truer than when you're moving, and residences aren't always all set for new owners. Particularly when you happen to be building or remodeling ahead of moving in, prepare for temporary storage until all the work is finished.

Should you be driving to your new home, getting the automobiles there is clearly straightforward. Otherwise, you probably have a variety of choices-talk to your moving company in Atlanta concerning incorporating cars or trucks in the estimate along with your household goods move or a vehicle transportation service or a road trip with your college roomie after which you can buy them a return ticket home.

Getting There Is All the Fun

Now that you are just exhausted thinking about each of the ways you and your money part company during a move, there is one more thing. When you hit the road for a long-distance move, you need to plan for places to stay and food as you go along. If you are flying, there is the airfare to take into consideration, in addition to family pet transportation charges (unless a driving individual takes the animals).

Finding hidden charges and getting ready for what might go wrong goes a considerable way towards a streamlined and stress-free move, if such a thing is out there. Your moving company is a superb resource for any questions you have. Believe us, we've seen a great deal and most likely have the response to nearly anything.

If you are set to begin budgeting for your move to Atlanta, give us a call!