Wednesday, May 16, 2012
Step #2 – Figure Moving Costs
This step may be a little harder to complete since it can be difficult to predict all of -- or predict accurately -- the costs involved in relocating. Still, I find that it’s not a bad idea to at least make an attempt to do so in an effort to get an idea for what sort of expenses we’ll be facing during our move.
My moving cost figures typically entail putting numbers to items such as fuel, tolls, hotel stays, supplies, food, and professional mover estimates. I do my best to estimate as close to expected costs as possible, then once the move has taken place, I replace these estimates with exact totals.
For example, here are figures from our move out to Washington state last summer:
• Mover costs -- $300 (our friend is a mover and helped us move much of our stuff into temporary storage)
• Gas – $417.79
• Hotel accommodations – $162.74
• Food – $25.00
• Tolls – $3.25
Step #3 – Determine Travel Times
The time involved in moving can be extensive. There’s all the prep work involved in packing, ending utility service, moving, unpacking, starting new utility service, etc. It can be difficult to put timeframes with all these associated parts of the moving process, but when moving long distances, I tend to like to have an idea of how long the actual trip involved to get there is going to take.
In our case, moving from Chicago to Washington involved a lengthy trip. Having an idea of not only the length of the trip, but how long that trip was going to take, helped me better estimate the costs involved (gas, food, accommodations, etc.).
Step #5 – The “To-do” List
Finally, there is the “to-do” portion of our moving checklist. This comprises a list of items to handle once we arrive at our location. Typically there are things like, opening new bank accounts, activating utilities, getting new drivers licenses, changing insurance (both car and health), finding new healthcare providers, etc.
Having this list compiled and ready to go, helps us stay on track when we arrive at our destination during a time that can be more than a little hectic.