| Oct 15, 2014
When you’re getting ready to set a moving budget, you’re probably going to start with the big-ticket items first. Hiring movers, renting a moving van, purchasing airline tickets, paying for long-term storage…because all these things come with a large price tag, we tend to put them at the forefront. While this is a good way to approach your budgeting process, don’t forget about all those unexpected moving expenses that can crop up.
When it comes time to settle your accounts, you might find that it isn’t the moving van that set you back the most—it’s all those additional costs on the side!
> Gas: You’ll need to figure in the cost of transporting your own vehicles. If you’re driving across the country or over long distances, gas costs can quickly reach hundreds of dollars a day. (If you’re traveling somewhere that has tolls, you’ll also need to carry extra cash for the road.)
> Pet Moving: Yes, it is possible to put your pet in a carrier and drive them to your new home yourself, but expect to set aside some funds for Fido’s care. A vet visit prior to the move, extra stopping time (which may mean more meals or hotels on the road), and a pet sitter during loading and unloading times can all add up.
> Child Care: If you have young children, it’s a good idea to set up a babysitter who can either take them out of the house or keep them entertained while the movers are at work. Not only is this safer for everyone involved, but your kids will appreciate having something to keep them occupied and their minds off their worries.
> Hotels and Meals: Travel always comes with costs related to dining out, snacking, and staying in hotels. You can book online reservations to save money, but don’t forget to include a little wiggle room in your schedule (and your budget) for delays and distractions.
> Dining at Home: When your kitchen is all packed up and ready to move, cooking dinner for the family is almost impossible. Expect to dine out in the days leading up to your move and in the days following, since chances are good you won’t have the time (or the pots and pans) to whip up a gourmet meal at home.
> Extra Garbage: Most cities have their own regulations about what happens when you have too much garbage for your regular can—and these regulations usually come with extra costs. Figure in extra garbage and recycling costs before and after your move, since you’ll most likely be going through a lot of belongings and boxes.
As a rule of thumb, it’s a good idea to add ten to fifteen percent to your overall moving budget to make room for these (and all other) miscellaneous costs. With the right planning, you can enjoy a seamless transition that doesn’t put a strain on your personal finances.