Your Moving Budget: Preparing for Everything

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

Packing up your home and moving to Little Rock is usually exhilarating--and also costly. If you believe a move is in your future, it's not too early to generate a budget to ensure that you're ready for the expenses which come in addition to packing containers and tape and moving trucks. As with most of life's escapades, the devil is in the details. When you move, it is the things that don't ever come near a moving van that equate to unforeseen expenditures like child and pet care, vehicle transfer, places to stay along the route. Organize your finances in advance so you are mindful of expenditures as you go along.

Let's start with what you'd consider hidden expenditures--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 may forego this portion. If your move is long-distance and you're going to be footing the costs, make sure to take into account the costs of home hunting. This includes plane tickets, hotels, food and gas if you're driving the mileage to your new spot. Bringing the kids and dog along may perhaps be more fun in theory, therefore add in babysitters and pet care.

Be mindful of the funds you spend on the front end. Receiving a outstanding price for your home and anticipating you'll be flush with cash following closing is ok, but don't get ahead of yourself. Selling a property comes along with real estate broker fees, and inevitably you will need to pay several repairs or settlement costs for the purchaser. Consequently, travel coach until you've got the money in your bank account.

Supplies, Trucks, and Labor

The actual physical 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 rooms, approximated weight (nobody brings scales, so don't be concerned about that) distance, and workers required. They will give you a printed quotation that itemizes the scope of work and the expense for every part. If there are pianos, grandfather clocks, antiques, or items that must be fully crated and uncrated, expect to pay additional costs for those add-ons.

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

If you want to complete your own packing, the moving company you decide on can provide you with the boxes, tape, and other supplies you'll need. Some individuals are comfortable packing every thing whilst others prefer the movers pack specialized items such as decorative mirrors, paintings and electronic products. Ask your mover what the a la carte services or specialty boxes run. You don't want to destroy your new Ultra HD Television set by using the improper box and packaging supplies.

This is clearly the most expensive element of the move to Little Rock, but you'll know that amount in advance, in order to build the remainder of your budget around it.


Ask your insurance specialist about the way in which homeowners policy works for a move; you could 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 idea.

Murphy's Law is never more true than when you find yourself moving, and houses aren't always totally ready for new owners. Particularly if you are building or remodeling prior to moving in, arrange for short-term storage until all the work is done.

Should you be driving to your new residence, taking your automobiles there is undoubtedly simple. If not, you most likely have a handful of choices-talk to your moving company in Little Rock regarding including vehicles 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 are simply worn out considering all of 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 have to take into account accommodations and food along the route. If you are flying, there is the airline tickets to consider, as well as family pet transportation fees (except in cases where a driving adult takes the pets).

Tracking down obscured expenses and planning for what might go wrong will go a long way towards 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 it all and in most cases have the answer to just about anything.

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