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 Little Rock is exhilarating--and also costly. If you believe relocating is in your future, it isn't too early to make a budget to ensure that you are ready for the expenses which come in conjunction with boxes and tape and moving trucks. As with most of life's escapades, the devil is in the details. And when you move, it will be the items that never come near a moving truck that equate to unexpected costs including child and animal care, automobile transport, accommodations along the way. Organize your budget in advance so you will be conscious of expenses as you go.

Let's start with what you would consider hidden expenses--the expenses linked to moving to Little Rock which do not involve the specific move.

House Hunting

If your move is local or a company-paid relocation, you might forego this portion. In the event your move is long-distance and you're footing the costs, be sure to take into account the expenses of house searching. Including plane tickets, hotels, meals and gas if you are driving the mileage to your new location. Bringing the kids and family pet along may perhaps be more enjoyable theoretically, consequently incorporate babysitters and animal care.

Keep in mind the money you spend on the front end. Receiving a good price for your house and expecting you'll be flush with cash after closing is ok, but don't get ahead of yourself. Selling a house comes along with real estate agent charges, and invariably you will need to pay some home repairs or settlement costs for the purchaser. Consequently, go coach until you've got the cash in the bank.

Supplies, Trucks, and Labor

The actual physical move to Little Rock is probably the most monetarily clear expense in the process. Your professional mover will need to come to your house to provide an accurate estimation depending on the number of spaces, estimated weight (nobody brings scales, so don't fret about that) distance, and workers required. They will provide you with a printed bid that itemizes the scope of work and the price for every part. Should there be pianos, grandfather clocks, collectibles, or items that will need to be totally crated and uncrated, count on paying supplemental charges for those add-ons.

Most movers provide a number of options from a full-service move, in which they enter, furnished with cartons and tape and moving pads and pack up everything for you, to basic service where they send over a moving truck and a couple of people to load, drive, and unload.

If you wish to do your own packing, the moving company you select can supply you with the cardboard boxes, tape, and other necessities you'll need. Some people are at ease packing every thing while some wish to have the movers pack fragile things such as mirrors, artwork and electronics. Be sure to ask your mover what the a la carte services or specialty boxes run. You won't want to destroy your new Ultra HD Television set by using the incorrect box and packaging supplies.

This is usually the most costly element of the move to Little Rock, but you'll know that cost ahead of time, to help you develop the rest of your budget around it.


Consult your insurance specialist concerning how your homeowners plan works for a move; you could need additional insurance which is effective during the move itself. Chances are that you're covered, but an additional rider that is free from your deductible is not a bad approach.

Murphy's Law is never truer than when you find yourself moving, and houses aren't always ready for new owners. Particularly if you happen to be constructing or renovating just before moving in, arrange for short-term storage until all the work is finished.

If you are driving to your new home, getting the vehicles there is obviously straightforward. If you're not, you probably have a variety of options-talk to your moving company in Little Rock concerning including vehicles in the quote along with your household goods move or a vehicle transport service or a road trip along with your college roommate after which you can get them a return plane ticket home.

Getting There Is All the Fun

Considering that you're just worn out considering all the ways you and your money part company during a move, there's one more thing. Once you hit the road for a long-distance move, you've got to prepare for places to stay and food along the way. Should you be flying, there is the airline tickets to consider, in addition to family pet transportation charges (unless a driving adult takes the animals).

Tracking down hidden costs and planning for what might go wrong goes quite a distance when it comes to a non-problematic and stress-free move, if such a thing exists. Your moving company is an excellent resource for any issues you have. Trust us, we've seen a great deal and most likely have the response to just about anything.

If you are set to start budgeting for your move to Little Rock, give us a call!