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Moving to a new city is fun and exciting, but it’s important to keep your budget in check. The costs of making house hunting trips, shipping your goods and finding temporary housing can add up fast. Here's a handy guide to help you get started planning for relocation costs.

Transportation Costs
First things first, you will need to factor in the cost of getting to your destination as you add up your relocation costs. You may need to make a couple of visits to your new city, so whether you are flying, driving or hopping on a bus, travel expenses are part of the deal. Whatever your situation may be, budget for at least two initial trips to your new home.

Moving Costs
The largest portion of relocation costs typically involves moving your belongings from one place to another. You basically have two choices. You can hire a moving company to do all the work for you, or you can rent a truck and haul your stuff to your new home.

If you choose to hire a moving company, make sure you have a written estimate of all of the costs associated with your move. This includes any special policies that the moving company may have regarding fragile items such as televisions and glass tabletops.

Other Costs
If you already have a new house lined up but haven't sold your current home, you may need to hire a house cleaner or gardener to make sure that the property you are leaving stays in good shape while it's on the market.

If you haven't found a place to live where you are relocating, you may have to incur the costs of temporary housing. But if you are moving for work purposes, many companies help pay relocation costs for their employees. Some tax deductions may also be available to help cut down on relocation costs for a new job.

Settling In
Keeping costs in line will help you get comfortable in your new home.

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