Many potential movers are frightened by this inquiry. It’s an excellent question. In their lifetime, the average American moves 11 times. Safebound Moving & Storage can assist you in getting to your desired location.
Moving Yourself vs. Hiring a Company
The distance of the move is one of the most important elements in determining how much you need to save. Are you relocating across town, across the nation, or across the street? When hiring a moving company, just know that the farther you move, the more expensive it will be. The most cost-effective option is to move without the assistance of professional movers.
A residential or business moving firm, on the other hand, may make the process significantly less stressful than moving on your own. Moving by oneself entails heavy lifting, lugging, and packing for several days. It indicates that items will break and that you may sustain an injury. This isn’t as problematic with tiny changes. A college student relocating from a dorm room to an apartment, for example, will likely not need to employ a moving company to transport their few items. However, for a family of five, expert assistance is well worth the investment.
Let’s Talk Numbers
So, what should you shoot for? You also need to think about the rent and security deposit for the place you’re planning to move to. You’ll also need to consider what household items you’ll need if your apartment or home doesn’t include them, such as washing, dryer, vacuum, furniture, and so on. Moving is, in a nutshell, costly.
In the United States, the average monthly rent for a one-bedroom apartment is $1,100. A two-bedroom apartment might run you $1,500 per month. A three-bedroom apartment can cost up to $2,000 per month. It isn’t cheap to live! Also, practically all apartments and rental properties will want a security deposit before you can move in. So, if you want to move into a one-bedroom apartment that costs $1,200 a month, you’ll have to pay $2,400. Expect to spend a few hundred dollars for a pet deposit if you have one.
Cost of Living
The regular expense of life includes items like food, water, power, gas, and the internet. Food will easily cost you more than $200 each month. If you plan your shopping visits well, you might be able to stretch $150 over the course of a month. Remember that you’ll be eating three meals a day for seven days and four weeks. In a month, that works out to about 84 dinners. That’s only for 28 days; practically every month is 30 or 31 days. If you’re trying to stick to a monthly food budget of $150, that’s less than $2 per meal. It is doable, but only with extreme self-discipline.
Electricity and gas will cost between $200 and $400 per month when purchased together. That is a given, and there are very few exceptions. Water is an additional $50-$100 each month, which is non-negotiable. The cost of garbage can ranges from $50 to $150 each month. Internet and cable are two different creatures, with combined costs ranging from $100 to $300.
So, What Are We Looking At?
To put it bluntly, you’ll need between $3,000 and $5,000 in savings. To be safe, you want to have as much as possible. Please keep in mind that the data in this article are averages. There are cities where living costs are much higher. Consider cities like San Francisco and New York City, where simply thinking about living requires astronomical sums. On the other hand, there are significantly more remote regions that, while not as accessible or simple to live in, can provide you with a lot more bang for your buck. Areas like rural Arkansas or even Texas fall under this category.
To keep things simple, you’ll need a substantial sum of money to move out, and even more to have some assurance that you won’t go bankrupt if something goes wrong. Moving out is frightening, yet it is something that everyone must face at some point. While you still have the chance, get ahead of the game!