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How to Estimate the Cost of Your Move

BurbankRenter Signing a Form from a Professional Mover If you are a renter, chances are you’ve moved house a time or two (or more). Thus, you’re undoubtedly familiar that moving to a new Burbank rental home takes time and money. Numerous elements go into estimating the cost of a move, and getting it right can be challenging. 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 easier!

Getting Organized

The first step in estimating the cost of your move is to figure out how much stuff you have. A simple methodology to do 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 determining an approximate total cost for packing, loading, and transporting all of your possessions.

It’s also critical to examine the distance of your move because the cost depends on the miles you need to travel. If you’re moving within your city, it may be cheaper than if you’re moving to another state or country. Nevertheless, you’ll need to discover the best approach to move your belongings from one home to another, whether that includes taking multiple trips, renting a moving truck, or hiring professional movers to help you.

Hiring Professionals

Once you’ve calculated the total cost to pack and transport your belongings, you will need to choose if it’s good enough to hire professional movers or do the work yourself. Professional movers can be extremely helpful, mainly if you have a lot of furniture or heavy items. However, they normally come with a price tag. Make certain to get quotes from a few different companies and compare them to the cost of doing it yourself. Whenever feasible, attempt to book these services well in advance to lock in the best rates.

As you acquire your estimates, make sure to include common expenses, such as:

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

Moving Yourself

If you elect to rent a moving truck and do the move yourself, you may be able to save a few dollars. But there are various aspects to consider as well. First of all, you’ll need to measure the size of the moving truck you’ll need to rent. Smaller moving trucks may be inexpensive, but you may be unable to fit all your belongings in them. Lots of rental companies charge by the mile as well as by the day, so make certain 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

In conclusion, there are a few more expenses associated with moving that you must bear in mind. Depending on the move, you may need to take into account 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 Burbank property manager is a wonderful resource to consult about setting up utilities for the home you’re moving into.

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


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