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How to Estimate the Cost of Your Move

Pocatello Renter Signing a Form from a Professional Mover If you are a renter, you’ve likely moved house a time or two (or more). Therefore, you probably understand that moving to a new Pocatello rental home takes time and money. Many considerations go into estimating the cost of a move, and estimating them right can be challenging. In this blog post, we will deliver 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 have. An excellent approach to achieve 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 your stuff.

Another aspect to take into account is the distance of your move, as the fee depends on the miles you need to travel. If you’re moving within your city, it may be less expensive than if you’re moving to another state or country. Notwithstanding, you’ll need to determine the best strategy to move your belongings from one home to another, whether those entail taking multiple trips, renting a moving truck, or hiring professional movers to assist you.

Hiring Professionals

After you’ve estimated how much it will cost to pack and transport your belongings, you will need to decide if it’s advantageous to hire professional movers or do the work yourself. Professional movers can be an excellent resource, particularly if you have a lot of furniture or heavy items. These typically have a price tag, though. Be sure to acquire quotes from a few different companies and compare them to the cost of doing it yourself. If possible, aim to book these services well in advance to lock in the best rates.

Make sure you have included common expenses when gathering your estimates, such as:

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

Moving Yourself

If you want to rent a moving truck and do the move yourself, you may be able to save some funds. But there are several aspects to think about as well. First of all, the size of the moving truck you’ll need to rent should be your priority. Smaller moving trucks could be more affordable, but you might not be able to fit all your belongings in them. Several 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

Finally, you should consider a few additional expenses associated with moving. Depending on the move, you may need to think about other expenses like 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 Pocatello property manager is a good resource to question about setting up utilities for the home you’re moving into.

By implementing these steps and conducting some research on your own, you should have a good idea of how much your move will cost. While it’s difficult to predict all potential expenses, following this advice should help you avoid any unwanted problems down the road.


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