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How to Estimate the Cost of Your Move

Twin Falls Renter Signing a Form from a Professional Mover If you are a renter, you’ve probably moved house a time or two (or more). For this reason, you undoubtedly know that moving to a new Twin Falls rental home takes time and money. Several variables go into estimating the cost of a move, and getting it right can be tough. In this blog post, we will present some tips on estimating the cost of your move and provide a few resources that can help make the process smoother!

Getting Organized

The first step in estimating the cost of your move is to figure out how much stuff you own. A simple method for this to achieve 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 creating an approximate total cost for packing, loading, and transporting all of your belongings.

It’s also critical to assess the distance of your move because the cost depends on the miles you have to travel. If you’re moving within your city, it may be more cost-effective than if you’re moving to another state or country. However, you must identify 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 assist you.

Hiring Professionals

After analyzing how much it will cost to pack and transport your belongings, you will have to choose if it’s helpful to hire professional movers or do the work yourself. Professional movers can be a great help, primarily if you have a lot of furniture or heavy stuff. Yet, they frequently go together with a price tag. Remember to gather quotes from several different companies and compare them to the cost of doing it yourself. If needed, attempt to book these services well in advance to lock in the best rates.

As you gather your estimates, don’t forget to incorporate common expenses, such as:

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

Moving Yourself

If you opt to rent a moving truck and do the move yourself, you may be able to save a little cash. Yet, there are various variables to take into account as well. First of all, you need to identify the size of the moving truck you’ll need to rent. Smaller moving trucks may be inexpensive, but you may not be able to fit all your belongings in them. Several rental companies charge by the mile and by the day, so be 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

Ultimately, you should be aware of various extra fees associated with moving. Contingent on the move, you may need to be mindful of other expenditures 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 Twin Falls property manager is an excellent resource for questions regarding setting up utilities for the home you’re moving into.

By following these instructions and conducting some research on your own, you will have a fair sense of how much your move will cost. Although it’s hard to predict all potential expenses, following this advice should help you avoid any awkward moments down the road.


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