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Budgeting for a Move: Understanding the Costs Involved

Your move is coming up soon, and you know that there will be things you need to pay for, but have you accounted for ALL of the costs you will likely incur when moving? It can certainly help if you do so in advance.

Costs before the move

Before the move, obviously you will need to sell your current house. Even though you will likely make money off of the sell, you might have to spend a little of what you make. Keep in mind you will likely have fees associated with selling your house that you need to consider.

Once your home is sold, you need a great new place to live. You can certainly consider a flat or a new home, but in either case, you’ll need some type of deposit. It can range anywhere from a few hundred pounds to the cost of a full month’s rent. This money has to be paid before you can take possession of the property.

After you’ve secured the perfect place to live, it’s time to think about the right removal team. We’ll always help you understand exactly what to expect from us in terms of costs. They can vary depending on the size of your current home and how much you need to have moved. Before we schedule you, we’ll offer you a complete estimate of costs and a great moving timeline so you know what to tackle when.

Costs During the Move

The time to start packing is almost immediately! A moving binder along with dividers is essential to organization, so make sure you purchase that first. Then, you will need to have room in your moving budget for a lot of boxes. Boxes are sold in various sizes and the cost varies according to the size you need.

You will also need to purchase packing paper, lots of packing paper for your fragile items that you don’t want to get broken during the move. Of course, you can’t forget the tape. Packing tape is essential and vital when it comes to closing up your boxes. This is not something you want to skimp out on. In fact, you will want to have a lot of it on hand during your move. You may also want to consider coloured tape to put on the boxes along with the packing tape. Of course you will not need to budget for as much of the colored tape, but if you buy various colors and assign a color to each room in your house, just place a strip on each box where it is visible from all angles, and it will save you tons of heartache when you get to your new home or flat.

In addition to the natural costs associated with boxes and tape, think about disposable plates and silverware for those few final meals in your current home and those in your new place. You may also spend a few meals eating takeaway, so add that to your budget as well. If you have small children, you may want to add in the cost of snacks and drinks in single serve packaging.

Costs After the Move:

When you leave your old home, you will want to make sure that you leave it cleaner than when you first took possession, whether you were renting or selling it. You may choose to handle that cleaning on your own, but you may also want to hire a service that handles end of tenancy cleaning. As a result, adding a bit of room in your budget to handle cleaning expenses is a must. Keep in mind that when you move into your new home or flat, the people before you might not have been as kind and there may be things you must clean before you start unpacking, so it may be a good idea to keep a bit of extra cash on hand to have the new space cleaned as well.

Don’t forget to consider any new decorating expenses. You may want to have a fresh coat of paint on the walls in a few or all of the rooms. Therefore, you need to make sure you have priced the paint that you want and have enough money to purchase them and have them on hand so that you can paint right when you move in, before unpacking and before arranging your furniture.

Moving is sometimes necessary, but it is not always cheap. So, make sure that you have taken into account all of the costs you will incur before, during and after the move so that nothing takes you by surprise and you can then have a stress-free and smooth move into your new space.

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