Moving is costly, but unexpected expenses can really put a damper on your moving budget. Moving Pros has some unexpected expenses that you should budget into your moving fund. It is better to be over-prepared than not at all!
If you are packing your own things, you will need to budget in for boxes, tape, and wrapping supplies. This can become extremely costly, especially if you do not utilize all the room in the boxes. If you are hiring a mover, it can be cheaper to have them pack your items. They are trained to use the entire box and package your items safely. This can save you a good chunk of change.
You may not think about this before moving day, but you will most likely need someone to watch your children and pets. Young children can run out open doors and hinder your moving process. Pets can easily escape while loading and unloading your boxes. It is best to have someone you trust to watch your children and pets. This is an additional cost you want to plan for.
Your new home will likely have a large deposit, first months rent, and possibly pet fees. This can add up to a large amount of money. You will need to check with your landlord and see what you will need to pay. It is a lot better to know ahead of time, rather than the week before a big move!
Your utilities will need deposits. Even if you are transferring your service from one location to another, there will likely be a service fee. Contact the companies and ask what you will need to pay. You don’t want to spend the first night in your new home with no electricity or water. Be prepared and budget it in!
If you are going to be storing some of your items into a storage facility, contact them, and find out how much renting the storage unit will be. You want to have that money ready, or better yet, take care of it before moving day.