When moving, it's essential to have a plan. This blog post is designed to help with that process. It will give you tips and tricks on how to create the perfect moving budget so that all of your bases are covered!

Moving Budget Essentials

First, you want to know how much your move is going to cost. While it may be challenging to determine a precise number, it’s important to be aware of everything that goes into these costs before deciding your budget. 

Sometimes people will try and save a few bucks by doing things like renting their own truck or packing their moving boxes. While this may seem more cost-effective, it can often be more of a burden. You may injure yourself, your home, or your belongings in the process of moving yourself. Using a professional moving company can help save you time, stress, and potential damage to your things. They also have insurance policies in place to protect your residences (to and from), their workers, and most importantly, your belongings—and all of that is worth paying for. 

How Charges Can Vary

When determining your budget, it’s important to understand how rates are advertised. Moving companies mostly charge in two ways: an hourly rate or a flat rate. While hourly may seem tempting due to its perceived lower price, there’s no way to know exactly what that rate will equate to at the end of the job. Many people tend to underestimate how long a move can actually take. You may be stuck paying more than you expected due to delays and things outside of your control. Some companies will even try to take advantage of the non-binding estimate and tack on charges for stairs, tight spaces, extra materials, and more. 

A flat rate is a much easier way to grasp the actual cost—and budget for it. Part of the requirements of a flat rate is that you must provide a complete list of everything you are moving. This is so the moving company can not only provide an accurate price but show up with the right vehicle and number of movers. It’s important to note that extra charges can be incurred if you have a lot more items to move than you originally stated or if you require significant additional packing materials on the day of the move. Be sure to include everything you can think of so you’re well prepared for moving day and are able to stay within your budget.

Don’t Let Moving Cost You

When searching for a moving company, it’s important to choose the one that is adequately licensed and insured. While working with a rogue company may be cheaper, the risks you take could cost you more than you ever anticipated.

There are several unlicensed moving companies, operating without compliance, and potentially setting customers up for a big letdown. It’s imperative to choose a company that is correctly licensed and highly insured. Alluel is licensed in every sector possible. We even have a waste management license to properly dispose and recycle anything you don’t want to move, as well as a general contractor license if you want to discuss updates to your new place.

Don't rely on the cheapest option you find simply based on price, as it may not be the best fit. Be sure to do your homework and get quotes for a few different vendors. From there, take time to read reviews and be sure you're selecting a company with an excellent reputation and a knowledgeable team.


When moving, always remember that it's important to have a plan and allocate your moving budget accordingly. This way, you're not caught off guard. Alluel can provide you with the best moving services in NYC and the tri-state area, as well as knowledgeable advice for all your moving needs. Contact us today for a quote!