Your Moving Budget: Getting ready for Everything11/01/2018By Julie DeLong, A-1 Freeman Moving Group Packing up your home and moving to Houston is usually thrilling--and also expensive. If you think moving is on your horizon, it isn't too soon to make a budget so that you're ready for the expenditures that will come along with packing containers and tape and moving trucks. As with many of life's ventures, the devil is in the details. And whenever you move, it is the things that do not ever come near a moving van that amount to unexpected expenses such as child and pet care, automobile transportation, places to stay on the way. Organize your spending budget in advance so you will be mindful of costs along the way. Let's start with what you'll consider hidden expenditures--the expenses related to moving to Houston which don't involve the specific move. House Hunting In the event your move is local or a company-paid relocation, you may skip this section. In the event your move is long-distance and you are footing the costs, be sure to factor in the expenses of house shopping. This includes airline tickets, hotels, meals and gas if you are driving the distance to your new location. Bringing the kids and family pet along is most likely more fun in theory, therefore add in babysitters and animal care. Be mindful of the money it will cost on the front end. Receiving a great selling price for your home and anticipating you'll be flush with cash following closing is fine, but don't get ahead of yourself. Selling a home comes with realtor costs, and inevitably you will need to pay a few repairs or closing costs for the home buyer. And so, travel coach until you have got the money in your account. Supplies, Trucks, and Labor The actual move to Houston is the most economically clear cost in the process. Your professional mover will need to come to your home to offer an accurate approximation depending on the amount of rooms, estimated weight (no one brings scales, so don't fret about that) distance, and workers required. They will give you a printed bid that itemizes the scope of work and the charge per part. In case there are pianos, grandfather clocks, antiques, or items that will need to be totally crated and uncrated, count on paying additional charges for those add-ons. The majority of movers present you with a wide range of options from a full-service move, where they come in, furnished with boxes and tape and moving pads and pack up anything and everything for you, to basic service in which they send over a moving van plus a couple of guys to load, drive, and unload. If you want to complete your own packing, the moving company you decide on can supply you with the boxes, tape, and other materials you will need. Some individuals are comfortable packing every thing while others would rather have the movers pack specialized things such as decorative mirrors, fine art and electronic devices. Be sure to ask your mover what the a la carte services or specialty boxes run. Don't destroy your new Ultra HD TV by using the wrong box and packing supplies. This is usually the priciest element of the move to Houston, but you will know that cost in advance, in order to develop the remainder of your budget around it. Incidentals Ask your insurance agent about the way your homeowners policy works for a move; you may want extra insurance coverage that is effective during the move itself. It's likely that you're taken care of, but an supplemental rider which is exempt 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 all set for new owners. Especially if you are building or remodeling ahead of moving in, prepare for temporary storage until all the work is completed. For anyone who is driving to your new house, taking your vehicles there is undoubtedly straightforward. If you're not, you most likely have a few alternatives-talk to your moving company in Houston regarding incorporating cars or trucks in the bid with your household goods move or a automobile transport service or a road trip with your college friend and after that get them a return plane ticket home. Getting There Is All the Fun Given that you're merely worn out thinking about all of the ways you and your cash part company throughout a move, there's one more thing. When you hit the road for a long-distance move, you've got to prepare for places to stay and food as you go along. If you're flying, there's the airline tickets to take into consideration, as well as pet transport fees (unless a driving person takes the animals). Tracking down concealed costs and preparing for what might go wrong will go quite a distance on the way to a streamlined and stress-free move, if such a thing is out there. Your moving company is a great source of information pertaining to any issues you have. Trust us, we have seen a great deal and usually have the solution to just about anything. When you are all set to commence budgeting for your move to Houston, give us a call!