When it comes time to relocate the last thing you want to do is spend money that you don’t need to. If you are making a long distance move, you’re already going to be spending more than you would like on renting a truck, gas, and depending on the length of the move, staying in hotels. Unfortunately if you are moving yourself these are necessary expenses that will have to be figured into your budget for the move. You’ll also need to budget in food while on the road. Even if you go cheap and eat fast food, that expense will add up.
When you are budgeting for your move, go online and look at how many miles it will be to your new home. The average rental truck only gets approximately fifteen miles per gallon, so once you know how many miles you’ll be driving you can get an estimate on what you’ll spend on gas. You can also find out how much the truck will cost you as well.
Once the mileage that you’ll be traveling is known, you can estimate how many miles per day you’ll want to drive and can look at hotels near points you’ll want to stop at. This will allow you to avoid trying to find something at the last minute, and may even save you some money. There are many hotel chains that give significant discounts for booking early or online. You can also find reviews on the hotels you plan on using so that you don’t end up stuck in the Bates Motel because it was the only thing with a vacancy sign and you were too tired to drive any further.
Food is a necessity but thankfully it’s the easiest expense to control. Before getting on the road, stock a cooler with drinks and sandwiches. You might also consider keeping some crackers or chips near in the front seats so that when you do get munchy you aren’t stopping at the nearest fast food place or convenience store for a snack and a drink.
Of course with a moving company, you can avoid all of these issues, and only have to worry about getting yourself and your family to your destination. This can definitely work out to be less stressful and sometimes even more affordable. I’d recommend checking out www.movingquotes.net for some estimates from several cheap moving companies. They have a very easy to navigate site with tons of useful information.
If you are up for a bit of adventure, doing it yourself can be a great way to see the country. Just make sure you leave yourself enough time to enjoy the trip, and that you plan ahead to save yourself money and stress. Remember, hiring a mover isn’t as expensive as you might think, though, so make sure that you don’t write off that option until you’ve gotten moving quotes and you are sure of what options you want to use. Planning a move might not be the easiest thing, but in the end, it will help you make sure that you don’t have problems in the middle of the process.