MOVING COSTS

Estimate Moving Costs with Our Budget Worksheet

Posted on May 17, 2012

Having a hard time getting a handle on your big move? Let us help you budget!

We’ll help you estimate moving costs with our interactive budget worksheet. We’ll walk you through the process, line by line, and at the end you’ll have an excellent idea of how much you’ll need to spend!

With the cost of movers, fuel, and housing always fluctuating, there can be many unexpected expenses along the way. That said, shortchanging your moving budget now will only hurt you later, so don’t skimp on the details just because it’s not pleasant to think about costs.

Now many of the costs involved will be obvious — movers, packing supplies, truck rentals, etc. — but, again, it’s the small things that add up quickly.

First off, are you moving yourself or will you be using a moving company?

If the latter, get estimates early and add a small percentage to the number you’re given in order to prepare for additional costs later. Be sure to ask if packing and fuel (and even storage) are included in the total moving fee or if that’s extra. Remember that specialized items like pianos, heavy safes and other large goods may also cost more.

If moving on your own, compare rates from truck rental companies. Mileage and gas will definitely not be included in the rate, so pay scrupulous attention to both. Dollies, furniture covers and any extra packaging supplies will probably also be extra. Plus, there’s always insurance to consider, and depending on the policy type and what you’re transporting, you may find yourself paying substantially more. Ready to calculate? Skip to thedownloadable PDF if you’d like to start checking out your moving costs now!

For long-distance moves, you’ll likely have to take care of your own travel arrangements, which presents its own set of difficulties. Airfare, car rental or taxi, vehicle maintenance and of course lodging and meals.

The main thing to keep in mind, though, is no matter how meticulous you are about budgeting your moving expenses, there’s always surprises. Accept this as part of the inherent cost of moving and you’ll be less stressed when the bill comes in higher than expected.

That doesn’t mean you should skip our moving out budget. That first step is often the hardest one to take, but it’s also usually the most important. If you get going now, you won’t be surprised on the big day.

And if you have any concerns about what happens to your phone service when you move, you can learn more about moving with AllProMovingCompany.com and how you can keep your number when switching over to AllProMovingCompany.com.

WORKSHEET FOR BUDGETING YOUR MOVE
MOVING COSTS

IF HIRING A MOVING COMPANY:
• Moving Company Fee (fuel and labor)
• Insurance for valuable items
• Moving Special Items (piano, art, heavy appliances, etc.)
• Expedited service charge
• Flight(s)
• Long haul charge
• Professional packing
IF MOVING YOURSELF:
• Truck rental …………………………………………………………………………………….
• Mileage/gas ……………………………………………………………………………………
• Insurance ……………………………………………………………………………………….
• Extra equipment rental …………………………………………………………………..
• Dolly …………………………………………………………………………………………
• Loading ramp …………………………………………………………………………..
• Furniture covers ……………………………………………………………………….
• Packing ………………………………………………………………………………………….
• Boxes ……………………………………………………………………………………….
• Bubble Wrap™/newsprint …………………………………………………………
• Tape/labels/markers …………………………………………………………………
• Mattress covers/padding ………………………………………………………….
• Storage Fees ………………………………………………………………………………….

TOTAL
ADDITIONAL TRAVEL COSTS
• Non-van/truck transportation
• Extra car(s)
• Fuel and maintenance
• Vehicle Shipping
• Flight(s)
• Bus(s)
• Lodging
• Meals (including drinks/snacks)
• Child/pet care
• Temporary housing
1WORKSHEET FOR BUDGETING YOUR MOVE
MOVING PROFITS
• Sale of car
• Sale of extra furniture or household items
• Sale of home
• Returned security/cleaning deposit
• Relocation allowance from employer
OTHER
NEW HOME:
• Inspection/appraisal
• Property taxes
• Lawyer fee
• Title search fee
• Survey fee
• Home or apartment insurance
• Redecorating costs
• Apartment rental fee
• Utility deposits
• Damage or pet deposits
• Parking fees
OTHER

HOME TRANSFER COSTS

CURRENT HOME:
• Lease termination
• Lawyer/title fees
• Inspections/Appraisals
• Advertising
• Cleaning and repairs
• Final utility bills
OTHER

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