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How to Estimate the Cost of Your Move

Sterling Heights Renter Signing a Form from a Professional Mover If you are a renter, chances are you’ve moved house a time or two (or more). Therefore, you’re likely aware that moving to a new Sterling Heights rental home takes time and money. Several aspects go into estimating the cost of a move, and it can be tricky to get it right. In this blog post, we will explain some tips on estimating the cost of your move and provide a few resources that can help make the process easier!

Getting Organized

The first step in estimating the cost of your move is to figure out how much stuff you have. The best method to accomplish this is to list all the items you plan to take with you on your move, then assign a rough estimate for each item based on size and weight. This will assist you in estimating an approximate total cost for packing, loading, and transporting all of your stuff.

It’s also essential to evaluate the distance of your move as the expense depends on the miles that must be traveled. If you’re moving within your city, it may be cheaper than if you’re moving to another state or country. But you will need to determine the best way to move your belongings from one home to another, whether that means taking multiple trips, renting a moving truck, or hiring professional movers to help you.

Hiring Professionals

After determining how much it will cost to pack and transport your belongings, you will need to decide whether it’s good for you to hire professional movers or do the work yourself. Professional movers can be a big help, especially if you have a lot of furniture or heavy belongings. However, they often come with a price tag. Don’t forget to get quotes from a few different companies and compare them to the cost of doing it yourself. Ideally, try to book these services well in advance to lock in the best rates.

As you prepare your estimates, make sure you’ve included common expenses, for instance:

  • Packing services
  • Moving insurance
  • Specialty item packaging services (moving pianos, safes, artwork, etc.)

Moving Yourself

If you prefer to rent a moving truck and do the move yourself, you may be able to save a few dollars. Yet, there are further considerations to make. First of all, you will have to determine the size of the moving truck you’ll need to rent. Smaller moving trucks may be less costly, but you may be unable to fit all your belongings in them. Many rental companies charge by the mile as well as by the day, so make sure your cost estimate includes both!

Other costs to account for in your DIY moving budget include:

  • Gas, tolls, and parking fees
  • Moving insurance
  • Additional moving equipment rental (ramps and dolly)
  • Packing materials (boxes, tape, covers, etc.)

Other Costs

Lastly, there are a few other expenses associated with moving that you must consider. Depending on the move, you may need to account for additional costs such as temporary lodging, meals, storage costs, and expenses related to moving out and moving in (cleaning costs, security deposit, and utility set-up deposits, for example). Your new Sterling Heights property manager is a good resource to ask about setting up utilities for the home you’re moving into.

You will better understand how much your move will cost if you follow these procedures and conduct some research on your own. Even though it is hard to predict all potential expenses, following this advice should help you avoid any unpleasant surprises down the road.


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