As part of the preparation process, there are many decisions that you’ll need to make that will affect your budget. Some of those decisions such as truck rental, will only affect your immediate budget. Other decisions will impact your consistent monthly expenses.
In most situations, your utility company and other local services such as your source of water and trash removal services are pretty much determined by the area you’ll be living in. The fact that certain services are pre-determined provides a motivating incentive to seek out money saving options, such as cable and internet bundles, whenever possible. When you have the option of choosing a service for yourself, you have the opportunity to select one that will help keep your monthly expenses down.
The time to get organized is before you move. When you arrive at your new destination, it will be immensely helpful to be able to quickly locate important paperwork such as school records, medical records and vet records. Moving can be an exhausting experience. You’re not going to feel like searching endlessly for necessities on the day you arrive at your new place. To avoid this situation, pack a box with items you anticipate needing and keep it in an easily accessible location when you load your car, truck or moving van.
Making frugal choices
The cost for services such as child care, pet care, dry cleaning, car or home related repair and many other services can vary considerably. One of the best ways to make sure you’re making the most frugal choices is to ask co-workers, neighbors and other locals for recommendations regarding the options in your area. If you are able to connect with a bank, your child’s school, an insurance agent and any other professional whose services you will need when you arrive in town, prior to your actual move, that will make your transition to a new area much smoother.
Weigh out your options regarding the expenses that you will incur monthly after you move. This can save you quite a bit of money over a period of time. Don’t hesitate to negotiate to get the best prices and rates on services you will use regularly.