Your Moving Budget: Preparing for Everything

Moving - budgeting for a moveBy Julie DeLong, A-1 Freeman Moving Group 

Packing up your house and moving to Little Rock is usually exhilarating--and also expensive. If you believe moving is on your horizon, it's not too early to come up with a spending budget to ensure that you're all set for the expenses that come in addition to packing containers and tape and moving trucks. As with many of life's adventures, the devil is in the details. And when you move, it is the stuff that don't ever touch a moving van that equate to unforeseen expenditures like child and pet care, vehicle transfer, places to stay along the route. Organize your budget ahead of time so you are mindful of expenditures as you go along.

Let's start with what you would consider hidden costs--the costs linked to moving to Little Rock which don't involve the actual move.

House Hunting

If your move is local or a company-paid relocation, you can forego this portion. If your move is long-distance and you're going to be footing the costs, make sure to factor in the expense of home hunting. Including plane tickets, hotels, food and gas if you're driving the mileage to your new area. Bringing the kids and family dog along may perhaps be more enjoyable theoretically, so include babysitters and pet care.

Be mindful of the funds you spend on the front end. Receiving a outstanding price for your house and expecting you will be flush with money following closing is ok, but don't get ahead of yourself. Selling a home comes along with real estate broker charges, and inevitably you will need to take care of several maintenance tasks or settlement costs for the buyer. Consequently, travel coach until you've got the money in your bank account.

Supplies, Trucks, and Labor

The actual move to Little Rock is really the most financially transparent expenditure in the process. Your professional mover will want to come to your home to offer a detailed estimate depending on the number of areas, approximated weight (nobody brings scales, so don't worry about that) distance, and workers required. They will give you a printed estimate that itemizes the scope of work and the expense for every part. Should there be pianos, grandfather clocks, antiques, or things that will need to be fully crated and uncrated, count on paying additional charges for those add-ons.

Most movers present you with a wide range of options from a full-service move, in which they enter, armed with cartons and tape and moving blankets and pack up all the stuff for you, to basic service where they send over a truck and a couple of guys to load, drive, and unload.

If you wish to complete your own packing, the moving company you decide on can provide you with the boxes, tape, along with other supplies you'll need. Some individuals are at ease packing everything whilst others prefer the movers pack specialized things like decorative mirrors, artwork and electronic products. Ask your mover what the a la carte services or specialty boxes run. You don't want to damage your new Ultra HD Television set by using the improper box and packaging supplies.

This is easily the most expensive element of the move to Little Rock, but you will know that amount ahead of time, in order to build the remainder of your budget around it.


Consult your insurance specialist regarding the way in which homeowners policy works for a move; you might need additional insurance protection which is effective during the move itself. Most likely you will be taken care of, but an supplemental rider that's free from your deductible isn't a awful strategy.

Murphy's Law is never more true than when you find yourself moving, and houses aren't always totally ready for new owners. Especially if you are building or remodeling just before moving in, plan for temporary storage until all the work is completed.

Should you be driving to your new residence, taking your automobiles there is undoubtedly easy. If not, you most likely have a handful of choices-talk to your moving company in Little Rock regarding including automobiles in the bid together with your household goods move or a automobile transport service or a road trip with your college friend after which you can buy them a return ticket home.

Getting There Is All the Fun

Considering that you're just worn out considering all the ways you and your cash part company during a move, there is one more thing. Once you hit the road for a long-distance move, you need to take into account lodging and food along the route. If you are flying, there is the airfare to consider, in addition to family pet transportation fees (unless of course a driving adult takes the pets).

Tracking down obscured expenses and planning for what might go wrong will go a long way on the way to a simple and stress-free move, if such a thing exists. Your moving company is an excellent resource pertaining to any issues you have. Trust us, we have seen everything and in most cases have the answer to just about anything.

When you are all set to start budgeting for your move to Little Rock, call us!