Budgeting for Your Cross-Country Move to Little Rock12/10/2017 A cross-country move to Little Rock is a huge task, but there are surely varying degrees of difficulty and expense. How do you accomplish such a move without taxing your bank account? There are several things you can do to think about up-front what to expect and plan for. Above all, as with any endeavor, plan. Early considerations should include the cost of living in Little Rock - what are the approximate costs of housing, food, fuel, and utilities? How long can your commute be before another neighborhood becomes a more reasonable option? What is the economic climate? Do you need to update any professional licensing, and how is the market for your field of expertise? What are the local income and property taxes to be aware of, including vehicle registration? Do household utilities require a big deposit up front? These may seem like small things, but they can make a significant 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, wrap up your living arrangements. Are you closing on a new house, or renting temporarily in your new location? There are various expenses associated with each option. Your title agent or property manager can keep you informed of closing costs, deposits, move-in dates or closing times. Are there educational arrangements to be made for your children? Have those particulars worked out. And, when it comes to the move, examine and contrast various options. Thinking about renting a 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 many consider, but costs can add up if storage is required or your new zip code isn't serviced and you have to hire a moving truck anyway to finally collect your possessions. Professional movers are also a choice, 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 start the moving process without a keen knowledge of your resources in comparison with your costs, and do not think about spending right up to the end of your budget. Plan a cushion against the unexpected. What will you need to do if your DIY rental truck requires a repair or substitution along the road that pushes out your arrival an extra day or two? Allow for a buffer in your budget in case of such issues. What is the policy of the portable storage company if you have a last-minute adjustment 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 flexible are they about 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 insulation to your budget. If you're ready to hire capable professionals, or are in your fact-finding 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 assist.