Moving and Money: How to Budget for Your Move

It doesn't matter if you are moving across the country or around the block; one thing is for certain: moving is expensive. When moving the best thing to do is to establish a realistic budget (taking into account all of the facets of moving) and be prepared to spend a little more along the way. Although, the exact cost of moving will vary from one situation to the next, here are our general tips to budgeting for your upcoming move.

1. Know what you can spend. When moving set aside a number in your mind of what you think your move will cost you. This will be adjusted after you meet with long distance moving companies as well as when you start to purchase supplies but it is important that you start out with a rough estimate.

2. Meet with movers. The first way to determine any costs is to meet with professional and licensed movers. Ask for references from friends or family members or you could obtain quotes from reputable moving websites like Before you agree to any price, be sure to have movers give you an in house moving estimate. This is there opportunity to actually see your belongings as well as your chance to ask any questions. You can also check with consumer references and verify their credentials through the Better Business Bureau.

3. Pack with care. Oftentimes people hire movers to do the packing for them. This added expense will cost you an additional 25 percent. Instead pack yourself and consider selling or donating unused items. This will not only give you some extra cash but it will lighten your moving load - meaning you may be able to pay less for your move. If you do get rid of some belongings, be sure to tell your moving company so that they can adjust your moving quote.

4. Expect extra charges. Even though you budgeted for the unexpected, expect that there will be extra charges on moving day. Consider moving boxes, packing supplies and even food for moving day.