Moving is a part of military life. Some days, it seems as though moving is a constant state of transition. Pack boxes, load them into a truck, drive to your new assignment, and then unpack. Repeat as necessary.
Moving can also become expensive. Is it more costly to do-it-yourself? Or is it cost effective to hire a moving company to pack and move your items and furniture?
Let’s have a look.
There are a couple of costs that you may not anticipate without using a DITY move calculator. There are several points that the DITY calculator analyzes. These include the distance of your move and the number of items such as boats, cars, furniture, heavy equipment, and livestock.
Using the DITY Calculator
If you want to receive the most accurate projected cost for your move, it’s important to make sure you are itemizing all the items you are moving. Different items call for various packaging and moving systems.
It is also important to note how many people you are moving. Typically, the more people that are moving, the more stuff there is to move. How many rooms of household items will you be transporting? Will you be moving to a larger home? Or will you be downsizing to a smaller residence?
Mapping out the distance of your relocation is essential. Calculate the total mileage through either zip codes or physical addresses. That will give you an accurate cost for fuel, mileage, the wear and tear on tires, and any rental fees charged per mile, which is typical with renting fees for moving trucks.
Changing locations often means a difference in the housing market. It’s important to be working with a real estate professional that knows the area where you are relocating. Homes for Heroes is the most significant affiliate real estate firm in the United States. Sign up on their website for more information. They will contact you with a professional real estate specialist in the area where you are moving.
Location changes come with a lot of changes that you may not think of initially. Not only is it a geographical move, but it is also a climate and cultural move. Schools are run differently from district to district and state to state. Will you be moving in the warm summer months? Or in the winter months? Depending on the season, you may have to account for winter weather driving, which can add costs like renting snow chains or studded tires for your relocation.
Take stock of the climate you are moving to, not only for transportation. Are you moving to an area that is mostly desert from an area that has active watersports and four seasons? Moving is the perfect time to declutter and sell or donate some of the unnecessary items from your relocation. You won’t be needing those snow skis if you are moving to Georgia.
Yes, there are taxes and fees involved in moving. Property taxes for your new home, and various costs for moving. Registering your vehicle in a new state also has its own set of charges. Some states require that a tax is paid on the overall value of your car to register the vehicle in that state.
Your Homes for Heroes real estate professional will be able to help you with all of the ins and outs of relocation fees like car and title fees, and other items that will need registered in your new state.
Livestock and Pets
Pets are an integral part of your family. It’s important to note what the state requires for vaccinations and microchipping for your pet. Various livestock fees and regulations can apply and vary from state to state.
Your DITY calculator should only calculate the cost of moving your livestock and pets from the state you currently live in, to the one where you are relocating. It’s important to do your research to see what other costs are involved and add that to your initial DITY calculation.
Various fees are involved in moving heavy equipment like tractors, boats, motorcycles, and other recreational vehicles. Heavy equipment is just that: its massive. The cost to move heavy equipment will vary from location to location, so it’s important to enter in as much information as possible into your DITY calculator.
Which Calculator is Best?
You can find various DITY calculators by searching on a search engine such as Google. You might see that different calculators may not include all the options for your items to move. Try out a few. Enter all the information you can, and see what each one calculates. Your Homes for Heroes real estate professional will be able to help you decide which calculator is best for saving you the most money and figuring the most accurate costs.
At Homes for Heroes, we know that relocating (sometimes multiple times within a year) can be very stressful and taxing. We want to help you move to your new home through saving you money by providing you with a check at the closing of your new home purchase. We can also help ease the stress a bit by having a dedicated professional help you with the ins and outs of moving to a new home.
Moving to a new location can be exciting, but it can also cause you to be a little anxious. You want to make sure you are budgeting your move correctly, and that you are moving to a location that is best for your family.
Are you looking for a rural property for all your pets and livestock, as well as space for your recreational vehicles? Or are you looking to move to a friendly planned community with walkable sidewalks to the community school and pool?
Allow Homes for Heroes to help you plan your move and help you with all the details that we can. Sign up for our services today. We will get in touch with you within twenty-four hours. There is no obligation. Only a simple, friendly conversation to ascertain your needs and wants with your next adventure in a new place.