Moving home is a tough job. Requiring time, effort and money. You’d better be aware of that before you even start the moving process. The most important thing when relocating your home is to stay focused all the time. However, people tend to think about one thing more than about the others. That’s a moving estimate or the moving costs. Everyone is interested how much the move will cost. To help you with this, we decided to provide you with a few details on how to estimate your overall moving costs. Helping you get the picture of what are the moving expenses you should expect when migrating somewhere. Yes, the very relocation is probably the highest expense, but it surely isn’t the only expense you’re gonna have.
Expenses of your relocation
What is to be done during your relocation process? Knowing that you’ll have the parameters of your moving costs. It will give you an idea of how big moving budget you need. Hence, let’s discuss what you need to do when relocating your home, or hat expenses you will have:
- Housing costs- Moving into a new home means having to pay some money in advance – the deposit.
- Packing and moving costs- The real costs of your relocation. This is actually what the moving estimate should cover.
- New home adaptation costs- You might need to repair some things in your new home, or simply adapt it to your family could fully enjoy it.
There are two kinds of housing expenses. First, you need to get your deposit back. To do that, you need to clean your home, probably paint walls, do some reparations etc. The owners require a home to be in the same condition as it was before you moved in. If you don’t manage to do that, you won’t get your deposit back. So you’ll either have costs in terms of losing your deposit, or in terms of investing in reparations and cleaning.
Second, you have expenses for your new housing. You need to land a new deposit. If you manage to get your previous deposit back, then those costs won’t be a problem, even if the housing is more expensive than your previous residence, you will only have to add a certain amount of money. But if you don’t get your previous deposit back, then the whole deposit will be a part of your relocations costs.
The very relocation – packing and moving costs
The costs of your move differ based on the distance of your move, the type of your move, and the volume of services you intend to use.
When discussing the distance, there are four kinds of relocation:
- Local relocation– A short distance relocation, when moving home fewer than 100 miles away.
- Long-distance relocation– The distance of your relocation is 100 miles or more.
- Interstate relocation- If you’re crossing the state borders, no matter the distance, that’s an interstate move.
- International relocation- Also regardless of the distance, when crossing the country borders.
The moving companies calculate the price differently when it comes to short or long distance relocation. For short distance relocation, you are charged based on the number of workers needed for your relocation and number of hours they worked for. For long-distance moves, you’re charged based on the volume of your relocation.
Two types of your move – residential and commercial relocations
If moving home, that’s a residential move, and it requires hiring home moving experts. On the other hand, completely different activities are needed when moving your business or office. The movers provide different kinds of services, hence the price of your relocation will differ.
The volume of services you intend to use
Do you intend to use full moving services, or to only partially use the services of the moving company you hired? The answer to this question determines the moving costs you’ll have. Of course, the price for a full-service move will be higher than if you did some parts of relocation yourself.
Before you decide about the volume of services you will use, we suggest you contact several movers and get a moving estimate. Together with an information about the services included in the price. Ask for several options so you could decide what’s the best option for your particular move. Once you have each moving company prices, you will have an idea of what you would get for the price you would pay. This will help you realize what will be your moving costs, what moving rates are there, and how big your moving budget should be.
How do you get an accurate estimate?
Once you asked for a final offer, binding offer or an accurate estimate there are several options how the company can calculate the exact costs of your particular relocation.
First, there’s an in-home estimate. This means that the company sends the experts to your home to check on the size of your move and everything that might make your move more difficult.
Second, there is a moving quote calculator. This is an application that lets you fill the number of items you own, and hence lets the company realize the size of your relocation. If getting an estimate this way, we suggest you discuss with the movers every little detail that might make your move more problematic.
The third option is a video estimate. You go around your home with a camera and film everything. After that, the team of professionals calculates your moving costs based on the video you made.
The costs of adapting your new home
If possible, we suggest you visit your new home before moving in. This way, you will know if there are some reparations required and you could opt for another housing solution, or increase your moving budget to cover these expenses. Even if there are no reparations required, you might need to invest some money in adjusting your home to fit your family’s needs. For example, a family with two children will have different needs from a just married couple, or from a single person. Calculating these expenses into your moving budget is essential.