Your Moving Budget: Getting ready for Everything

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

Packing up your house and moving to Houston is usually exciting--and also costly. If you think moving is on your horizon, it isn't too soon to make a spending budget to ensure that you're ready for the expenditures that will come along with packing containers and tape and moving trucks. As with most of life's ventures, the devil is in the details. And whenever you move, it's the things that do not ever touch a moving van that add up to unforeseen expenses including child and pet care, vehicle transport, places to stay along the way. Organize your spending budget in advance so you will be mindful of expenses as you go.

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

If 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 paying the costs, make sure to take into account 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 probably more fun in theory, therefore include babysitters and animal care.

Be mindful of the money it will cost on the front end. Receiving a good selling price for your house and anticipating you'll be flush with cash after closing is okay, but do not get ahead of yourself. Selling a home includes realtor costs, and inevitably you'll have to take care of 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 physical move to Houston is the most economically clear expense in the process. Your professional mover will need to come to your home to provide an accurate approximation based on the amount of rooms, approximated weight (no one brings scales, so don't fret about that) distance, and labor required. They will give you a printed bid that itemizes the scope of work and the price per part. In case there are pianos, grandfather clocks, antiques, or items that must be totally crated and uncrated, expect to pay additional costs for those add-ons.

The majority of movers present you with a number 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, along with other materials you will need. Some individuals are comfortable packing every thing while others would rather have the movers pack specialty 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 damage your new Ultra HD Television 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 build the remainder of your budget around it.


Consult your insurance agent about how your homeowners policy works for a move; you may want extra insurance that's effective throughout the move itself. It's likely that you are taken care of, but an supplemental rider which is exempt from your deductible isn't a awful idea.

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

If you are driving to your new house, taking your cars 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 estimate with your household goods move or a automobile transport service or a road trip along 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 exhausted thinking about all the ways you and your hard earned cash part company during a move, there's yet another thing. When you hit the road for a long-distance move, you've got to plan for places to stay and food as you go along. If you are flying, there's the airfare to take into consideration, as well as family pet transport fees (unless a driving adult takes the animals).

Tracking down hidden costs and preparing for what might go wrong goes a long way towards 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 ready to commence budgeting for your move to Houston, call us!