4 Calculators You Can Use To Budget Your Moving Expenses

Moving to a new city can be full of stress, anxiety, and fear. What if you don’t like your new job? What if you miss your old friends? What if you can’t find a home you love?

But the move itself doesn’t have to be full of turmoil. Various calculators can show you how much to budget for the move, whether you’re going across county lines or across the country.

Cost of Living: How Far Will My Salary Go in Another City?

cost of living calculator

If you’re moving to a new city, creating a new budget from scratch can be difficult. Thankfully, a cost of living calculator can help you compare your current expenses to your new ones. It’s easy to only look at the big costs like housing, but everything from your grocery bill to your utilities can change when you move.

This calculator from CNNMoney will show you not only how much you’ll need to earn in your new city to match your current salary, but how much categories such as groceries, housing, utilities, transportation and health care will cost in comparison.

Packing Supplies Calculator

imove packing calculator

When it comes to moving costs, most people think of gas, transportation, and truck rental. But buying boxes, packing tape and box cutters can all add up. This cost might not break the bank, but it can also surprise you if it’s been a few years since you’ve lived elsewhere.

Use this packing supplies calculator from iMove to estimate how much it will cost to buy those moving essentials.

Self-Storage Calculator

self storage calculator

If you need to downsize when you move, but hate to get rid of your grandma’s 19th century armoire, self-storage is your best option. Costs can vary based on the company you choose, but this calculator can help you estimate how much space you’ll need. From there, you can research storage units in your area to get the best estimate.

The calculator uses general guidelines for how much space an item may take up. If your dresser is bigger than most, make sure to factor that in or use the custom item measurement to get a better estimate.

Moving Costs Calculator

Moving can be as simple as a few buddies helping you load up your pickup or it could require a professional team with a large truck. This moving cost calculator can help gauge the difference between the two and includes options such as moving insurance, packing service, and both loading and unloading.

You can also see how much it will cost to move depending on your distance, so while the packing costs might be the same, the moving truck rental will greatly differ.


While you can certainly move without the resources mentioned above, they’ll help simplify, demystify, and ease the moving process. You’ll also be less likely to be surprised at the cost of a moving truck or storage unit.

By doing research and calculations before it’s time to hit the road, you’ll be more likely to have a dream move instead of a nightmare.

Zina Kumok

Zina Kumok

Zina Kumok is a freelance writer specializing in personal finance. She writes a blog about paying off her student loans in three years at Debt Free After Three.
Zina Kumok