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March
7

Moving Expenses to Know About

Moving Expenses

The key to a successful and affordable move is to plan ahead. This way, you can start saving and budgeting well in advance of your moving date. But what expenses do you need to account for as you plan your move? Our real estate agents list some often-forgotten moving expenses below.

  • Moving Insurance
    When you hire a moving company, they generally charge you a base moving fee, plus additional fees for extra services like furniture assembly or appliance prep.

    One extra fee customers don't always account for is the cost of moving insurance. Most moving companies include a certain amount of insurance by default, but it's often wise to pay for additional coverage, especially if you have valuable items. Your moving company should be able to give you a quote for this insurance based on the value of your possessions.

  • Equipment Rental
    If you're moving things yourself, you may want to rent a dolly or moving straps to make carrying heavy items easier. You can rent these items from a local moving truck rental service. (Don't forget to account for the cost of renting a moving truck for your DIY move, too.)

  • Vehicle Shipping
    If you own more than one vehicle, you may need to drive one to your new home and have the other one shipped. Get quotes for vehicle shipping well in advance of your move. You'll often get a better rate if you book this service early.

  • Overnight Stays
    If you're moving a long distance, it might take you more than one day to drive to your destination. So make sure you budget for a night in a hotel as you calculate your expected moving costs. Even if you stay at a friend's house along the way, there may be costs involved, such as the cost of eating dinner out that night.

  • Dining Out
    When you're busy packing and moving, you'll probably eat out or order takeout more often than usual. As such, it's wise to budget for a few extra restaurant meals around the time of your move. The earlier you prioritize unpacking your kitchen items, the lower the cost.

  • Packing Supplies
    If you are packing yourself or doing the whole move yourself, you will need lots of packing supplies, including boxes, tape, and packing peanuts. You can save money by reusing packing supplies that friends may have, but make sure you still budget some funds for these materials. You can never have too much tape or too many markers.

  • Child Care
    If you have children, you may want to hire a sitter on days you're doing most of the packing. Even if a family member or friend is willing to watch the kids, it's nice to give them some cash as a "thank you."

  • Gasoline
    Whether you're driving a moving truck or just your personal vehicle to your new home, be sure to account for the cost of fuel. You'll probably use more gas than usual, making trips to the store for moving supplies, driving to the truck rental place, and driving to restaurants, too, so a little extra wiggle room in the budget doesn't hurt here.

When you set a moving budget ahead of time, there are fewer surprises along the way. If you happen to still be looking at Richmond homes for sale, don't dismay. We're confident you'll soon find the perfect place and start planning your move. Contact us if you'd like some assistance on your homebuying journey.

March
30

5 Things People Forget to do After They Move

Moving Tips

There are plenty of steps you need to take when moving from home to home. With so many moving parts in motions, it's best to make a list of all the details you need to address before you change your address. Our real estate agents have helped many clients move, and we often see clients forget about the following five details that tend to fall off that list.

  1. Personal Records & Mail
    If you are moving out of town, make sure you have copies of your dental, medical, veterinary, and other important records with you. This will save you time and energy down the road, and it's easy to start compiling these in the weeks and months before your move. Further, don't forget to pick up your mail and make sure that you have filed your change of address form with the post office. Lastly, make sure that you update your auto/life/homeowner's insurance providers, your bank, and other accounts with your new address.
  2. Library Books, Dry Cleaning, etc.
    Make sure you return all of your library books and pick up the dry cleaning before you head out of town. Similarly, collect any items you have loaned out and return any items you have borrowed from friends, family, and neighbors. You will also want to cancel any gym/club memberships that are not portable to your new location.
  3. Move-in Kits
    Having a few move-in kits set aside will reduce the pressure to unpack everything at once or dig through boxes trying to find what you need. Your move-in kits should include the essentials you will need when you get to your new home. One kit should consist of toilet paper and toiletries, cleaning supplies, disposable plates/utensils, and other items that you will need on the first day or two in your new home. One kit should have medical supplies, prescription medications, and other essentials. Think of it as a big First Aid kit. If you have children, give each a backpack where they can put stuffed animals, toys, snacks, water/juice, and other items to help keep them comfortable in the first few days.
  4. Turn Off (and On) the Utilities
    Schedule a utility shut off at your old home for 2-3 days after you leave, and have the utilities in your new home turned on 2-3 days before you plan to arrive. This will ensure you have hot water, heat, and the ever precious Wi-Fi the moment you walk in the door to your new home.
  5. Color Code Boxes/Furniture
    Labeling your boxes and furniture with a simple color-coded sticker will make it easy as pie to unload the truck and get everything in the right room. This will save you time and effort during the move-in process, which will significantly reduce the stress of moving day. Likewise, make sure that you label boxes containing any valuables and delicate items as "fragile." Many people often overlook this simple step that can go a long way towards protecting glass, artwork, and other precious items from breakage. 

Contact us for more information about the many Richmond homes for sale this month. Our team ready to help you find the home that is ideal for your family and lifestyle. 

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