There are many benefits to becoming a The Woodlands, TX home owner. Congratulations on making the decision! I’m sure you will enjoy our fantastic job market, the variety of entertainment opportunities, and the strong sense of community. You might be asking yourself, however, what is the best way to complete your move to The Woodlands, TX. Here are some tips:

How far are you moving? How much stuff are you bringing?

Are you coming from across the country or around the block? Were you previously living in a small apartment or a large house? How far you’re traveling and how much you have to move will determine what you need. Compare and contrast prices–you might be surprised. Depending on how much you have and the distance you have to travel, it could be cheaper for you to hire professional movers to handle everything rather than doing it yourself.

Estimate prices correctly

Determining exactly what your needs are will help ensure there are no surprises later on. If you do a quick search online, you will find there are many moving calculators. It will probably be difficult for you to estimate the total weight of your belongings, or the total cubic feet they take up. Instead, use a calculator that asks you to type in how many beds, chairs, tables, etc. you will be moving, the size of your current house, how many rooms in your current house, and more. Once you have an idea of what size truck you need, price out that size truck both with professional movers and truck rental companies.

Don’t forget the extra costs

Truck rentals will always price out more cheaply than total moving services. Do not forget that with a truck rental, you will also have to pay for gas, and depending on your distance, hotels and food along the way. If you hire movers and will be flying, be sure to factor in airfare costs. With both a rental and a moving company, ask about boxes, tape, and packing materials. Either plan on obtaining these for free, or factor their costs into each option. If you are moving yourself, don’t forget that you will probably need friends to help pack up the truck and unload the truck and while they might not require compensation, it’d be nice to give them a little something or a gift. You might also need to pay for storage at some point.

Think about how much your items are worth

If you have larger pieces of furniture that are not worth much, you might want to leave them behind. If buying a new couch and kitchen table would cost less than moving the very inexpensive couch and kitchen table you already own, consider donating them and buying new ones after the move. This could be the one time that buying something new actually saves you money!

Look into insurance

Professional moving companies should offer insurance that will cover your belongings in the event that they are lost, damaged, or destroyed during the move. This type of coverage is generally not available if you are doing it yourself with a rental van or truck, which is a good reason you should take into consideration how fragile and valuable your items are. If you are moving to The Woodlands, TX using a rental, be sure to obtain vehicle insurance or make sure that your auto insurance covers the van/truck.

Hopefully these tips help you plan your move to The Woodlands, TX. If you or anyone you know are looking to buy or sell real estate locally, do not hesitate to contact me. Have a great week!

Rick Raanes
Keller Williams The Woodlands
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