Cost of Moving
If the lease in your rental apartment is nearing an end, you may be questioning whether your next best move is to pick up and relocate or to stay put and re-sign your lease for the next year. If moving is a viable consideration, you’ll want to get a real-time estimate of the expenses that you could accrue in doing so. Having this snapshot available will help you to set a reasonable budget that will simplify your move and alleviate any financial worries you may have. So, what is the actual cost of moving from one apartment to another?
Packing up the contents of your rental apartment may sound simple enough, but accumulating enough containers to hold your belongings may not be as easy as it seems. Once you’ve exhausted collecting boxes from all of the nearby liquor and grocery stores, there’s a good likelihood that you’ll still have to invest a little cash in some additional packaging. Extra boxes, bubble wrap and newspapers are all imperative to ensuring that your items reach their destination unscathed.
Unless you plan on doing all of the heavy lifting yourself, you’ll probably want to consider hiring a moving company. The cost of this will vary depending on your location and on how far your new home is from your current rental apartment. Even if you’ve decided to bypass the moving company and rely on your friends and family to help you move, you’ll want to consider the cost of pizza and beer! No labor is free!
If you’re moving a far distance, you may also want to take into consideration how much money you are likely to spend in driving expenses. Be sure to factor gas into the cost of moving. Roadside meals and any accommodations you may have to book along the way.
Among the more obvious moving expenses you’ll want to pay attention to are the deposits that will be owed to various parties upon your arrival. Your landlord will likely require a first and last month’s rent, as well as a security deposit to hold your unit. Additionally, if you’re bringing a furry friend to cohabitate with you, don’t forget to ask about the cost of the pet deposit. Deposits will also likely be due for utilities such as electric, water and cable, among others.
If you’re one boring walls, this might not be a cost you need to consider. However, most rental apartment landlords will have your unit painted in a neutral and potentially drab shade of white or beige, and if this doesn’t speak your language, you may want to think about livening your space up a bit with a new paint color (if your landlord permits it). If you plan on hiring a painter ask around and get at least a few different quotes from trusted companies in your area. If you choose to paint your unit yourself, estimate how much paint you will need and how much it will cost to purchase other supplies such as brushes, rollers, drop cloths and the paint itself.
New Furnishings & Decor
Moving into a new space will typically require the purchase of at least a few new items. Maybe you’re bedroom in your new home is exponentially smaller, requiring you to invest in more diminutive furnishings. Perhaps, on the other hand, you’ve gained a lot of extra square footage in your main living area and your futon couch no longer adequately fills the space! You’ll be spending a lot of time here and you will want it to feel comfortable, so be sure to consider if there are any purchases you will need to make in order to help it evoke feelings of home, you have the cash set aside to make them.
Time Missed From Work
Lastly, moving can be a rather lengthy process and may require you to take some time off of work. Check to make sure that you have enough vacation time accrued that it won’t affect your day-to-day living. If you don’t have any, be sure to adjust your budget so that your normal expenses don’t suffer from the missed time.
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