Regardless of how carefully you plan, moving can be a huge expense. You may be considering a move to the Dallas area because of a new job, or trying to escape ever-increasing rent costs. No matter what the reason for your move, our Flower Mound real estate agents have a few suggestions to help make the move as cost-effective as possible.
Prepare for potential costs ahead of time. As soon as you anticipate a move, begin calculating potential costs and setting aside money every month. Also keep in mind that if you have a security deposit on a rental property, you may not get it back immediately . Set up a separate savings account if you don’t already have one, and put any extra money in it. Every time you have an extra $50 or $100 you can spare, put it in this account. You will be surprised how quickly it adds up!
Costs of moving that may surprise you. Signing up for satellite, fees to connect, deposits on electric or gas, cleaning fees for the property you are moving out of – there are tons of “little” costs here and there that you may not think about, and they really accumulate. Even purchases such as bath mats, rugs, and curtains may add up to more than you expected. Take all of these little “incidentals” into account when you plan to move to the Dallas metro area.
Begin saving for a move as soon as you know you’re going to move. It’s never too early, however it can be too late! Depending on your income level and budget, determine how long it will take you to save what you anticipate you need to save so that you can begin saving without sacrificing your current lifestyle.
Haven’t had much time to save up for the move? It’s still possible. This is the time to simplify your life. If you don’t really need or use Internet services, get rid of the cost. Have old furniture, a car, or sports equipment you no longer need or use? Sell it before you move Find boxes that don’t cost anything to pack your belongings. Ultimately, you can make money and save on moving expenses by eliminating all that you don’t really need, both in terms of possessions, and Internet/cable/cell phone services.
Not moving a great distance? Enlist friends to help. Moving companies are great, but if you’re only moving a short distance, friends and family can save you a ton of money, especially if they have pick-up trucks, SUVs, or vans. Show your appreciation by throwing a pizza party or other party. Before enlisting help, make sure to pack up all of your belongings in cartons/boxes and mark them so that it is clear what room they go into upon arriving at your new home.
Moving can be more expensive than you anticipate, however if you plan far in advance you can save a substantial amount of money – and stress!
At Team Nelson, our Flower Mound realtors do their best to make the moving process as easy and stress-free as possible. Need more money-saving tips? Call our professionals today, and enjoy moving to Flower Mound or Dallas, without spending a fortune.