Moving is never just moving. It’s more than exchanging one address for another and ending up with a bigger or smaller allotment of square footage. But you knew that even before you started looking for a new apartment or house. If you’ve ever packed up your belongings and moved before, you know it involves hours of packing, sorting, and getting your life back in order.

But, no matter how well you remember the nightmare of your last move, details are going to slip through the cracks. You’re going to remember the long seconds of your television nearly toppling over than swinging by the store to pick up even more packing tape. But before you resign yourself to multiple trips in your sedan and trying to bribe a few friends into helping you with the heavy lifting, consider the costs you still have to pay even with a DIY move.

What do you need for a completely independent move?

If you’re doing everything yourself, it still isn’t free. You have to load up on boxes, tape, and packing wrap just to get your belongings ready for a long journey. You have to consider whether you can really get your furniture down the stairs. It might be easier, or certainly seem tempting, to try to sell it instead and just buy a new set for your new place. And once you get started on that train of thought, it’s hard to stay inside your budget.

What about an in-between service?

Your furniture won’t fit in your car. You don’t have the hand trucks to navigate your things out to the truck without pulling your back or dragging the furniture along the ground. Renting supplies is an inescapable part of moving, and shopping around ahead of schedule can help you avoid paying a premium bill for a simple service.

It’s far better to research your options before your move-out date. Compare the cost of a moving service to the cost of getting the equipment for several hours or trying to move what you can and leaving the rest. Go to Kiwimove here to get some numbers in your budget.