Once you know you have to move, the first thing that probably pops in your head is: how much is it going to cost? Even local moves throughout the Bay Area can get expensive, which is why it’s important to plan ahead and make a budget for any relocation. 

There are countless factors that will impact the final cost of your move, making it difficult to predict how much it’ll cost without an estimate from your movers. That said, there are still ways you can prepare yourself. 

Here are some of the main categories to focus on when it comes to budgeting for your move.

Moving & Packing from Professional Home Movers

As you may have guessed, much of the cost for your move will come from packing and transporting everything. Depending on what you’re bringing and how far you’re going, these costs will vary greatly. 

That said, it’s always good to look for a moving company that offers affordable packing services as well as promotions or other deals to make things better on you.

Storage Costs

On top of packing and transporting, you may also have to pay for short- or long-term storage for your belongings. Whether you need to store a few small items or a bunch of furniture pieces, it’s important to plan ahead to ensure there is space to accommodate whatever you’re storing before, during, or after your move.

At Metropolitan, we offer comprehensive residential storage solutions, including in our own secure warehouses and portable units

DIY Moves

In many cases, hiring a professional residential moving company is the way to go. On top of taking a bunch of stress off your shoulders, experienced home movers will know the best way to keep your items safe and secure throughout the process, so there’s a better chance nothing will get damaged.

That said, if you are planning to move on your own, you’ll possibly have to factor these costs into consideration:

  • Gas
  • Packing Supplies
  • Moving Trucks
  • Storage Facilities
  • Moving & Furniture Insurance
  • Moving Equipment Rentals

…and more!

Lodging for Long-Distance Moves

If you’re undergoing a long-distance relocation, odds are you won’t be driving all the way through the night. That said, you’ll have to leave room in your budget for lodging during the journey. This will be a small cost factor when compared to the other aspects of your move, but it is important to consider if you’re trying to get as accurate of a picture as possible. 

Get in Touch with Our Bay Area Movers to Learn More Today

When you choose Metropolitan Van & Storage to handle your move, you’ll get to have a good idea of the costs you’ll be paying before any part of the residential moving process even starts. Our work together will start with a free appointment where we’ll go over your specifications for your move and provide an accurate quote depending on if you need us for partial or full-service moves.

One of the best parts about working with our team is we only charge you for the services you actually use. We’ll come up with a custom plan that is completely tailored to your specific move. Our services include:

  • Packing/Unpacking
  • Custom Crating Options
  • Short- and Long-Term Storage
  • Valuation Insurance Options
  • Local & Long-Distance Moves

Give us a call to learn more about our moving plans or fill out our online form to schedule a complimentary, no-obligation appointment today.