Budgeting for Your Cross-Country Move to Little Rock
For starters, as with any venture, plan. Early considerations should include the cost of living in Little Rock - what are the general expenses of housing, food, fuel, and utilities? How long can your commute be before a different neighborhood becomes a more reasonable option? What is the economic climate? Do you need to transfer any professional licensing, and how is the market for your field of expertise? What are the local income and property taxes that you need to know, including vehicle registration? Do household utilities require a large deposit up front? These may seem like trivial things, but they can make a big impact in a budget that didn't account for them ahead of time. Know your incidental costs.
Assuming your general area in Little Rock is already figured out, finalize your living arrangements. Are you closing on a new house, or renting for a while in your new location? There are some expenses associated with each option. Your title agent or property manager can explain to you closing costs, deposits, move-in dates or closing times. Are there educational considerations to be made for your children? Have those particulars worked out.
And, when it comes to the move, research and compare various alternatives. Thinking about renting your own DIY moving truck? Consider the rental expense, travel expenses (accommodations along the way, fuel, etc.), liability for damages, your own time and energy reserves for packing, loading, traveling, unloading, unpacking and the rest. Portable storage containers can be a choice some ponder, but costs can add up if storage is required or your new zip code is not serviced and you have to hire a moving truck anyway to finally collect your stuff. Professional movers are also an option, from full service packing and moving or a customized plan that serves your specific needs. Know your options and compare their bottom lines. You could be pleasantly surprised.
Lastly, and maybe most importantly, plan, as best you can, for the unpredictable. Do not jump in without a good knowledge of your resources contrasted to your costs, and don't plan to spend right up to the end of your budget. Plan a cushion against the unpredictable. What might you need to do if your DIY rental truck requires a repair or substitution along the road that pushes out your arrival a few days? Allow for a cushion in your budget in case of such events. What is the policy of the portable storage company if you have a last-minute change to the timeline and things need to stay in storage for a while? Is it expensive, and do they have safe facilities? Or will you need to make those arrangements on your own? How is their customer service? Are they easy to contact? Be aware of your responsibilities and any extra charges potentially incurred. If you've gone with a professional company, how easy to deal with are they in regard to changes along the way? Do they keep in constant communication with you throughout the move, and does their track record instill confidence in their services? If so, it can offer a protective element to your budget.
If you are ready to hire capable professionals, or are in your research phase and want to get an idea of what your options are, contact us. We have been helping people move for over 40 years, and have built an excellent transportation and logistics team based on a culture of honesty, integrity, and hard work. Let us know if we can help you.