People move from all over the country to call the Paradise Coast home! While living near the coast can be peaceful and serene, moving involves a lot of things to keep track of, which is why you need to plan ahead for your next move. There are so many things to consider when moving to a new home that it can be easy to forget about some of the most common moving expenses and tasks. Avoid any surprises while planning your SWFL move. Our real estate agents are here to help with our guide to the expenses that you'll want to keep in mind when planning your next move.
- Gather Your Moving Supplies
While the supplies that you'll need are not terribly expensive, making sure that you have everything you need ready in advance will make life much easier when it's time to start packing. Start with boxes, packing tape, and markers or stickers to make each box easily identifiable when you begin unpacking.
You'll also want supplies to protect fragile items, like packing peanuts, packing paper, bubble wrap, and moving blankets. If you plan on storing some items when you arrive at your new home, you might also want to purchase some plastic containers which can be easily sorted and moved into a storage unit.
- Professional Movers
After shopping for Naples homes for sale and finding your match, you will probably want to pay for professional moving services unless you plan on hauling everything yourself. The cost of movers typically depends on how far your things are being moved. A local move, which is usually classified by moving companies as a move of fewer than 100 miles, will naturally cost less than a long-distance move. If you're moving more than 100 miles, the cost of movers often starts around $2,000 and goes up from there. You might also consider purchasing insurance through your mover to make sure that you're protected if any items are lost or damaged. If you decide to utilize a moving company, be sure to call once you have a potential move in date since these services book quickly.
- Clean Your Old and New Residence
Especially if you were renting your previous residence, you might be required to leave it clean and essentially ready to move in for the next resident. And even though the previous owner may have had your new home cleaned before listing it, you may want to have your new residence professionally cleaned before you arrive and unpack, as well.
- Fresh Coat of Paint
Whether you handle it DIY or hire a professional, it's much easier to have your new home painted before you move in and fill it with furnishings. So if you're thinking about changing the color of some rooms or having the whole house touched up, it's helpful to have everything planned out before you arrive. If you choose to handle painting DIY, make sure that you have brushes, rollers, paint pans, plastic sheeting, and painter's tape to protect your new home. If you are using a professional service, remember to book early!
- Utilities, Cable, and Internet
Having your utilities up and running before you arrive makes life much easier as you adjust to your new home. In addition to the usual expenses like water and electricity, make sure to remember your internet connection. Whether you work from home or have kids you want to keep entertained while you're moving in, having your internet ready to go when you arrive is key.
- Storage Costs
If you have items that you won't be moving into your home right away, or you're planning a slower transition into your new home, then renting a storage unit can be a great idea. Plan on paying a security deposit of one month's rent, along with rent for any month your items are stored. Storage units have been in high demand in recent years, so you'll want to plan ahead and make sure you have a space reserved.
Before you plan your next move, you need to find your next home. Our team is ready to help with all of your Southwest Florida real estate needs. Contact us to buy and sell homes throughout the Naples, FL, area.