Your Moving Budget: Planning for Everything11/01/2018By Julie DeLong, A-1 Freeman Moving Group Packing up your home and moving to Oklahoma City is exciting--and also costly. If you think moving is in the near future, it's not too early to generate a spending budget to make sure that you're all set for the expenditures that come along with packing containers and tape and moving trucks. As with many of life's escapades, the devil is in the details. When you move, it will be the items that don't ever come near a moving truck that add up to unanticipated costs including child and family pet care, car or truck transport, lodging along the way. Organize your spending budget in advance so you are mindful of costs as you go along. Let's start with what you'll consider hidden costs--the expenditures linked to moving to Oklahoma City which don't involve the actual move. House Hunting If your move is local or a company-paid relocation, you can forego this portion. When your move is long-distance and you're footing the expenses, be sure to take into account the expenses of house hunting. This consists of airline tickets, hotels, meals and gasoline if you're driving the distance to your new spot. Bringing the kids and family dog along is probably more enjoyable in theory, consequently include babysitters and pet care. Keep an eye on the funds it will cost on the front end. Getting a good price for your house and predicting you will end up flush with funds after closing is ok, but try not to get ahead of yourself. Selling a property comes with realtor costs, and invariably you will have to take care of a few maintenance tasks or settlement costs for the home buyer. Consequently, travel coach until you have got the funds in the bank. Supplies, Trucks, and Labor The actual move to Oklahoma City is probably the most economically clear expense along the way. Your professional mover will want to come to your home to offer an accurate calculation in accordance with the amount of areas, approximated weight (no one brings scales, so don't worry about that) mileage, and crew members required. They will provide you with a written bid that itemizes the scope of work and the price for each section. If there are pianos, grandfather clocks, antiques, or belongings which will need to be fully crated and uncrated, expect to pay additional fees for those add-ons. Just about all movers offer a number of services from a full-service move, in which they arrive, furnished with cartons and tape and moving pads and pack up all the stuff for you, to basic service where they send over a truck plus a couple of guys to load, drive, and unload. If you would like undertake your own packing, the moving company you choose can provide you with the cardboard boxes, tape, and other supplies you will need. Some individuals are confident packing every thing while some prefer the movers pack specialized things like mirrors, fine art and electronics. Make sure you ask your mover what the a la carte services or specialty boxes cost. You won't want to break your new Ultra HD Television set by utilizing the inappropriate box and packing materials. This is clearly the costliest element of the move to Oklahoma City, but you will understand that amount upfront, in order to build the rest of your budget around it. Incidentals Check with your insurance agent regarding the way your homeowners insurance works for a move; you might need additional insurance protection that's effective throughout the move itself. Most likely you will be covered, but an supplemental rider which is free from your deductible is not a bad strategy. Murphy's Law is never truer than when you are moving, and residences are not always ready for new owners. Particularly when you happen to be building or remodeling just before moving in, prepare for non-permanent storage until all the work is finished. Should you be driving to your new residence, getting the cars there is obviously simple. If not, you probably have a few possibilities-talk to your moving company in Oklahoma City regarding including vehicles in the estimate with your household goods move or a automobile transport service or a road trip along with your college roommate and after that purchase them a return plane ticket home. Getting There Is All the Fun Given that you are just drained considering each of the ways you and your money part company within a move, there is yet another thing. Once you hit the road for a long-distance move, you have to take into account places to stay and food along the way. If you are flying, there is the plane tickets to bear in mind, in addition to furry friend transportation fees (unless a driving individual takes the pets). Tracking down obscured charges 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 is out there. Your moving company is an excellent source of information pertaining to any issues you have. Trust us, we've seen a great deal and in most cases have the solution to just about anything. When you are ready to begin budgeting for your move to Oklahoma City, give us a call!