So you’re moving, congratulations! Whether your lease ended on your current apartment or you just closed on a new house, this is a big life change (and one to be proud of). However, it’s crucial to be mindful of all that moving entails—especially when it comes to finances. Here are some areas where expenses can really add up, along with some tips that will keep the moving budget intact.
The time of year
Summer is known as the most popular time to move, and therefore you most likely will be paying more for professional movers. If you can help it, pick another time of year to move to alleviate this pesky upcharge. Also, compare different prices from various moving companies so you’re getting the biggest bang for your buck.
Ask yourself: do you really need that throw pillow, or that bar cart, or a customized light up neon sign? In the moment, these items might seem like a necessity, but save money for the moving costs that actually are a necessity.
Things like tape, boxes, labels, bubble wrap, and the like will add up before you know it. Only buy what you know you need!
While these aren’t necessarily small expenses, they’re expenses that can easily be forgotten before you sign papers and are still in the early stages of moving. For renters, don’t forget about first month’s rent, the security deposit, and a pet deposit (if you have a pet).
Gas, food, a hotel if necessary—these are all expenses that you want to prepare for before the big move. Set aside the money you need before you’re going to need it.
Moving is stressful enough, don’t make it harder on yourself by neglecting to consider all the financial costs surrounding this life change.