Moving to a new home can be exciting, but also expensive. Whether you’re moving across town or halfway around the globe, one of your first priorities should be the creation of a moving budget. Taking the time at the outset to plan your move not only allows you to create an accurate projection of what moving will cost, but will also help you identify areas where you can save some money.

Here are five tips to follow when creating your moving budget:

1.  Do Some Initial Research

In order to create an accurate budget, you must do some research. If you have no idea how much a truck rental costs but you know that you’ll need one, be proactive and find out. As you do, make sure to request cost estimates from three or four different companies because the cost of Arlington Height residential moving services can vary greatly depending on whom you call.

2.  Determine What Moving Services You Will Need

Many people assume that a D.I.Y. move is the most cost-effective way to relocate, but when you factor in the cost of truck rental, packing materials, insurance, gas, and tolls, that may no longer be the case. Take inventory of your belongings and determine if you’re able to move them all yourself, or if it would be less expensive to have a household moving company handle your relocation.

3.  Go Through Your Belongings and Sell What You Don’t Want to Move

Taking time to go through your items before you relocate will not only save you money on packing materials, but could also bring in some extra money for your moving fund if you are able to sell what you don’t want. Plus, you will have less clutter in your new place.

4.  Don’t Forget Hidden Costs

There are plenty of hidden costs when it comes to moving. Don’t forget to include these in your moving budget so you don’t spend more than you can afford. For instance, if you have to take an unpaid day off of work to pack your belongings, don’t forget to account for that in your budgeting.

5.  Round Up

Even after conducting extensive research and determining your ideal moving services, it’s still a possibility that your budget may be too low. To avoid this, make sure you round up on all budget lines. If your calculations indicate a projected moving box expense of $478, round up to $500 to make sure that you set aside enough money.

Experienced Arlington Heights Residential Movers

The professionals at Boyer Rosene have been helping residents in Chicagoland relocate to their new homes for more than 50 years. With more than five decades of experience, we’ve helped thousands of Arlington Heights residents and their families settle into their new homes affordably. As the largest U.S. affiliate of Bekins Van Lines, we can handle your relocation anywhere in the world, easily and efficiently.

To learn more about the Boyer Rosene’s comprehensive moving services and how we can fit into your moving budget, contact us today. Give us a call to connect with one of our knowledgeable associates, or fill out our online contact form to request a free, no-obligation estimate.