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How to Estimate the Cost of Your Move

Santa Clara Renter Signing a Form from a Professional Mover If you are a renter, the possibilities are that you’ve moved house a time or two (or more). Therefore, you probably understand that moving to a new Santa Clara rental home takes time and money. Multiple factors go into estimating the cost of a move, and it can be difficult to get it correctly. In this blog post, we will outline 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 simplest way 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 calculating an approximate total cost for packing, loading, and transporting all of your stuff.

It’s also critical to calculate 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 more inexpensive than if you’re moving to another state or country. Still, you will need to determine the ideal 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 aid you.

Hiring Professionals

After estimating the expenses to pack and transport your belongings, you will need to decide whether it’s recommended to hire professional movers or do the work yourself. Professional movers can be a great assistance, mainly if you have a lot of furniture or heavy stuff. However, they frequently come with a price tag. It is recommended to get quotes from a few different companies and compare them to the cost of doing it yourself. Ideally, attempt to book these services well in advance to lock in the best rates.

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

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

Moving Yourself

If you like to rent a moving truck and do the move yourself, you may be able to save a few dollars. Yet, there are additional variables to take into account. First of all, you will need to estimate 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. Numerous 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, there are several other costs associated with moving that you must consider. Depending on the move, you may need to factor in 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 Santa Clara property manager is a valuable resource to ask about setting up utilities for the home you’re moving into.

If you comply with these instructions and undertake some research on your own, you should have a decent estimate of how much your move will cost. Although it is hard to predict all potential expenses, following this advice should help you avoid any costly mistakes down the road.


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