Budgeting for Your Cross-Country Move to Little Rock
For starters, as with any endeavor, plan. Early considerations should include the cost of living in Little Rock - what are the overall expenses of housing, food, fuel, and utilities? How long can your commute be before another neighborhood becomes a more realistic option? What is the economic landscape? 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 to be aware of, including vehicle registration? Do household utilities require a big 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 location in Little Rock is already established, finalize your living arrangements. Are you closing on a new house, or renting temporarily in your new location? There are different 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 arrangements to be made for your children? Have those details figured out.
Finally, when it comes to the move, research and compare several 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 might be an option many think about, but expenses can add up if storage is needed 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 alternative, 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.
Last, but not least, plan, as best you can, for the unexpected. Do not start the moving process without a keen understanding of your resources contrasted to your costs, and do not plan to spend right up to the end of your budget. Plan a cushion against the unforeseeable. What might 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 events. 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 some time? 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 regarding changes along the way? Do they keep in clear communication with you throughout the move, and does their track record instill confidence in their services? If so, it can offer a protective layer to your budget.
If you're ready to hire qualified professionals, or are in your research stage 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.