Five Hidden Costs of Moving to Little Rock for a New Job


Five Hidden Costs of Moving to Little Rock for a New Job

Everyone knows that moving to a new city for a job can be a costly proposition in terms of time and money. The list of things to budget for is lengthy. Even the most budget-conscious of people may not think to set aside for some things that could come up throughout a move to Little Rock. If you are thinking about a new job in another city, here are five expenses you should evaluate as you plan a budget.

1) The cost of moving all of your possessions

If your new job is with one of the 41% of companies in the United States that does not offer some type of aid to help compensate for the move you will have to make, this is a bill you will have to foot yourself. Whether you employ a company to relocate your household or you decide to do it yourself, it can get pricey. Deciding upon the former has higher upfront costs, but there will still be hefty expenses with the latter option, too.

For starters, you'll have to rent a trailer (and a hitch if you do not already have one installed on your vehicle) or moving truck to transport your possessions. Next, you'll have to think about travel-related expenses once you hit the road to Little Rock.

A do-it-yourself move may not be as expensive as having someone else to do it for you, but there will still be costs involved. Plan accordingly. Read more about the Pros and Cons of DIY Moving here.

2) The cost of traveling to a new location in Little Rock

While we are on the subject of traveling…

This was mentioned briefly above, but the cost of traveling to a new location must be brought up when thinking about a move. If you plan to drive, you need to account for food, gas, lodging, and tolls, if applicable, as well as save some money for vehicle repairs in case there is a flat tire or worse along the way.

Even if you hire a professional mover and decide to fly to your new city, there is still the cost of plane tickets. Either way, you will need to budget some money to get to Little Rock.

3) The cost of temporary housing in Little Rock

If you do not have a permanent place to stay lined up when you arrive in Little Rock, you will at least need to make arrangements for a place to live temporarily while you hunt for something less temporary. It may be a hotel, or a month-to-month lease on an apartment, but it is something you should take into consideration. Another factor should be the cost of storing everything you do not need while you look.

4) The cost of living in Little Rock

The compensation you have been presented with may be ten percent higher than what you are currently being paid, but how much will that matter if the cost of living is even higher in the town you will be moving to? Compare what you'll be paying there for things like groceries, transportation, and insurance to what you are paying presently to see what the change in costs of living could cost you.

5) The cost of leaving your close-knit community and creating a new one

No, this cost is not a budgetary one, but it is important to think about when you are moving away for a new job. Unless you are a hermit, you have a community of people where you are right now that probably consists of family, friends, and co-workers. Moving to a new city will sever some of those relationships and make others more problematic to sustain. It can take significant amounts of time and effort to build similar connections in a new place, so prepare yourself appropriately.

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