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Post-Move Expenses to Plan For

Many people make the mistake of thinking that all the expenses are taken care of for their move, only to find themselves short on cash after. You definitely don’t want to break your bank account, knowing that you don’t get paid for another week or two because you will need money for expenses right away. So, before you go out and buy that new flat screen that will be delivered on moving day, make sure you have the following things figured into your budget.

 

Utilities
If you already have utilities turned on and you live close to your new residence then chances are pretty good that they will transfer. Otherwise, you may have to pay a security deposit or installation fee, especially with cable and internet. You definitely do not want to have to wait until your next payday to have utilities turned on. If you are moving into a house then you may need to order trash removal and recycling pickup. In most cases, these services are paid up front.

Food
The grocery store should be one of the first places you go when the move is over. It will be a lot cheaper to go buy essentials than it will be to eat out or order pizza several days in a row. Make sure you have enough money figured into your budget to get some nutritious food. Keep in mind that if this is your first place, you will need a lot of staples, such as olive oil, sea salt, pepper, etc. If you are moving from one home to another then you probably already have a lot of these essentials.

Household Items
While at the grocery store, you will need to pick up a lot of household items in addition to the food. If you don’t have basics like garbage bags, toilet paper, cleaning products, paper towels, dish soap, a mop, shampoo and conditioner, shaving cream, etc., you could easily spend well over $100 on these things. Plus, if you need a vacuum, you will have to figure this into your budget as well.

Do you already have waste baskets, a shower caddy, soap dish, shower curtain, storage units, laundry basket, and other similar items? If not, you will want to make a list of everything you need, so nothing is forgotten.

Tip for Movers
You will want to figure a tip for the movers into your budget. You tip the hairdresser, nail technician, valet, and doorman; what makes you think that the same gratitude is not appreciated by your movers? The amount you give them obviously will depend on the cost and size of the move as well as how professional they were. Be fair; being a mover is not an easy job.

Vehicle Costs
If you are moving a significant distance, you will want to have an inspection done on your vehicle and address any concerns before making the long trip. However, the expenses don’t stop there. When you arrive, you will need enough money for gas to get you through until payday. You will also need to register your vehicle and pay for new plates. Lastly, depending on where you live and work, you might even need to figure parking fees into one or both locations. Do yourself a favor and just buy a parking permit right away, if possible. It may put a dent in your budget, but it will certainly end up being a lot cheaper than paying daily fees.