Moving across town or across the country takes a lot of time and careful planning. Everything from packing up beforehand to timing out the closing on your past and future homes. Before you begin your next big move, be sure to look out for these common extra expenses and how you DO or DON’T want to handle them.
DO: Box up your belongings and have professional movers pack them into the moving truck.
DON’T: Rent a do-it-yourself to save money.
In this scenario, you run a much higher potential risk of damaged furniture and other valuables when items are packaged and shipped incorrectly. However, if you box them yourselves and hire a professional moving crew, they will typically insure your goods up to a specific dollar amount to be sure your home goods are safe and secure.
DO: Ask your local grocery store or discount store for unwanted boxes.
DON’T: Pay for cardboard boxes.
The only thing more expensive than moving, is preparing to move. Instead of using your valuable funds for room specified boxes, reach out to local businesses and offer to take their surplus boxes away for free!
DO: Pack one room at a time.
DON’T: Procrastinate packing.
Denying the increasing deadline of the move will only make packing that much worse when you realize it must be done. Instead of taking two weekends of 24-hour packing, designate a timeline of which rooms you want packed by what dates. This way you can stay on track without having to tackle the entire home at once.
DO: Research the costs associated with your new potential city.
DON’T: Move for a career where you will make more, but your expenses may skyrocket.
Many expenses, such as housing or groceries, here in the Midwest are relatively affordable compared to other areas of the country. If you and your family are planning to move across the nation, or just across the state, make sure to check the average expenses for the area. Although a new job may offer additional pay or benefits, the expenses of the area may be more than your current household budget in the Midwest. Always take this into account before fully committing to a move.
Wherever your next home takes you, First Security State Bank is here to help! Speak with one of our experienced mortgage lenders to see what your home value could mean in other areas!