6 Costs to Consider Before Moving

Before you start packing up clothes, stacking dishes, and unroll packing supplies, it’s important to set time aside to understand potential costs of moving. Before you load up the moving van and head off to your new Forest Properties apartment, keep yourself informed, prepared, and on-budget with these 6 costs to consider before moving.

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1. Hiring Professional Movers

Moving sounds like all fun and games until it comes time to haul heavy boxes and furniture! Hiring professional movers will certainly ease your moving day – but it can get pricey. It’s important to do your research, shop around, and get quotes to compare local moving companies.

Most importantly (besides taking some stress out of your big moving day), hiring professional movers will help ensure your items are properly wrapped, packed, transported, and placed in your new Waterford Place apartment in New Hampshire. Since extra time and care comes along with professional movers, leave some wiggle room in your budget to tip accordingly. Having some snacks and water handy is always appreciated, too!

On the other hand, remember that hiring help can get pricey. Do it yourself moves can be much more affordable, given you don’t have a ton of stuff to move, or that you have a lot of free help from friends and family.

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2. Renting a Moving Truck

Whether you’re hiring help or doing a DIY move, you’ll need a moving truck to help you get your belongings from Point A to Point B. Rates will vary depending on the size truck you need, how long you’ll need it for, and how far you’re driving it. Taking your time to research is definitely worth it, and don’t be afraid to compare prices and work out deals with moving truck or van suppliers.

Tip: If you’re moving in or around Boston, check out our blog post on The Best Moving Companies in Boston to find moving trucks for rent and movers for hire.

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3. Get Packaging and Supplies

There’s nothing worse than being halfway through your packing adventure (and believe us – it will seem like a never-ending journey at times!) and realize you’ve run out of packaging tape, bubble wrap, or tissue paper. Before you pack up each room at a time, here are essential packaging supplies to pick up:

  • Bubble wrap and tissue paper
  • Heavy duty packaging tape
  • A variety of moving boxes
  • Black permanent marker and labels
  • Scissors and a box cutter
  • Gloves to protect your hands while moving boxes
  • Moving blankets and dollies

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4. Stock Up on Groceries

Once you’ve unpacked your “kitchen” boxes and have a place for everything, don’t forget about stocking your refrigerator with essentials. From bottles of water to milk cartons, fresh fruits to juicy veggies, making your first trip to the grocery store can get costly.

Look at it this way – you’ll need to purchase the basic essentials that will probably stick around for a while, such as condiments, spices, and other items you’ll want to have on-deck at a moment’s notice. It can be tough to budget yourself for this based on your dietary needs and eating habits, but putting aside around $300 is a good number to start with. Plus, you’ll have a nice selection of ingredients handy as you cook your first meal in your gorgeous Ranch Lake Apartment kitchen in Florida!

5. Explore Pet Sitting Services

Moving day is stressful. For you, for your partner, for the kids, and for your pets. To ease the commotion of moving day, we recommend exploring pet sitting services or day cares to drop your fluffy friend off at (and no – this does not include your husband!). Sometimes removing your animal from the situation is best for all involved to ease stress, lessen confusion, and increase productivity. Read up on our How to Prepare Your Pet for a Move blog post for the full scoop. 

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6. Storage Unit Rentals

If not everything is coming with you on moving day, you may find yourself in need of a storage unit. Shop around local storage facilities to gather estimates and determine the best rate. Here are some points to consider:

  • How long you’ll need the unit for
  • Determine unit size
  • Indoor vs. outdoor storage facilities
  • Climate control features and additional security

Have you recently moved in or out of a Forest Properties apartment? How did you prepare your moving budget, and what pointers do you have to pass along to fellow residents? Share with us on Facebook.

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