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How to Estimate the Cost of Your Move

Richmond 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). So you’re probably aware that moving to a new Richmond rental home takes time and money. Many factors go into estimating the cost of a move, and it can be tricky to get it right. In this blog post, we will give you 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 possess. An excellent method for achieving 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 establishing an approximate total cost for packing, loading, and transporting all your things.

It’s also essential to figure out the distance of your move since the charge depends on the miles you must travel. If you’re moving within your city, it may be less costly than if you’re moving to another state or country. Nonetheless, you’ll need to decide on the most effective method to move your belongings from one home to another, whether that involves taking multiple trips, renting a moving truck, or hiring professional movers to help you.

Hiring Professionals

After estimating how much it will cost to pack and transport your belongings, you must decide if it is more beneficial to hire professional movers or do the work yourself. Professional movers can be an invaluable resource, mainly if you have a lot of furniture or heavy items. Yet, they typically come with a price tag. Remember to get quotes from a couple of different companies and compare them to the cost of doing it yourself. Preferably, aim to book these services well in advance to lock in the best rates.

As you get your estimates, make sure you’ve included common expenses, such as:

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

Moving Yourself

If you select to rent a moving truck and do the move yourself, you may be able to save a little money. However, there are numerous aspects to take into account as well. First of all, you’ll need to think about the size of the moving truck you’ll need to rent. Smaller moving trucks may be less expensive, but you may not be able to fit all your belongings in them. Multiple 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

At last, there are a few other charges associated with moving that you should remember. Depending on the move, you may need to factor in 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 Richmond property manager is a great resource to inquire about setting up utilities for the home you’re moving into.

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


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