Let’s cut right to the chase; moving is expensive. It seems no matter how much you plan in advance; hidden expenses pop up leaving you scratching your head. Thankfully, there are ways to streamline the moving process and even save money too!
Read on to learn how to make and stick to an affordable moving budget!
Choosing The Area You Want To Move To
One of the most important steps to take when moving is finding an area that you can afford. You may find the area you’re looking for in a matter of hours, or it can take up to a few weeks. Rushing into a new home simply because you love its interior is never a good idea. It’s important to keep in mind that when searching for a new place, you want to have as many amenities as possible.
Below are a few things to keep in mind when creating your moving budget:
- A safe neighborhood
- How close it is to your work
- The location of your child’s school
- Proximity to shopping centers
In addition to amenities, is your new home convenient to work or do you need alternatives means of transportation? Is it close to the fire department and a hospital? Finding the perfect area is never easy, so it’s important that you conduct research and make sure you’re moving somewhere you can afford.
Make a Moving Calendar
Moving involves a lot more than packing your belongings in boxes. Creating a moving calendar and detailed to-do list will save you from a world of troubles. Remember to space out each task throughout each day and take things as they come. This way, it’ll help you stay focused and organized until it’s time to move.
In order to make sure you stick to the calendar and list, set up reminders on your phone and even leave sticky notes around the house.
Pick a Specific Date to Move
It’s natural to be excited and want to move into your new home, but without detailed planning, moving day can easily turn into a three-ring circus. Choose a day that works for everyone. Investigate when your children have school holidays and when your office will be closed. If possible, schedule your move at least a month in advance to ensure smooth sailing. If you have to move in a hurry, try to schedule your move during midweek when moving companies have no wiggle room and can accommodate your requests.
Sticking to a budget is never easy, but it’s more than worth it. With the savings, you can focus on transforming your new home into a grand palace for you and your family. With these helpful tips at your disposal, you’re now ready to start your moving budget!