You are here

Knowing Your Moving Costs When Choosing a New Apartment

Setting up a budget is so important when you want to move into a new apartment. You need to look at all of the costs that come with moving as well and having a good idea of your income and debt and what you can afford will make a big difference. You not only need to look at the amount you will pay for rent each month, but also at all of the additional fees like the security deposit, application fee, and first and last month’s rent on the property. Another expense to keep track of here is the moving costs.
You will need to budget in the amount it will cost to move. This can depend on a variety of factors. If you plan to move far away, it will cost more than a local move. If you plan to hire movers to help you or use your friends will make a difference as well. You can weigh the benefits and negatives of each one to help you figure out the overall costs of moving and see what you can afford. Identifying all of the additional costs of moving will make it easier to create the moving budget that you need.
Some of the different costs you can consider include the cost to hire a moving company or rent a truck, the amount you will spend for packing materials (though it is possible to get some of these for free), fuel to move all the items, and some general travel expenses if you plan to move out of town or have a long distance move. Your expenses will depend on the details of the move.
Try to make a list of everything you will need for the move and then estimate how much it will cost to get them. Add an extra 10% to the amount so that you have some wiggle room to work with that will make it easier in case your estimates are off or there is something that shows up along the way.
Everyone wants to save money on their rent each month and finding an affordable apartment that is comfortable, in a good location, and provides the amenities you need can help make that a reality. Our below market rate apartments in San Francisco, CA are the perfect option for you. We work hard to keep rent affordable for all of our tenants because we know life can get expensive and you have a lot of other bills and expenses to handle during the month. Come and take a tour of some of our units and see if they are right for you!