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 differing degrees of difficulty and expense. How do you accomplish such a move without exhausting your bank account? Here are a few things you can do to be aware of up-front what to anticipate and plan for. First, as with any venture, 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 reasonable choice? What is the economic climate? Do you need to transfer any professional licensing, and how is the market for your field? What are the local income and property taxes to be aware of, including vehicle registration? Do household utilities require a large deposit up front? These may seem like insignificant 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 home, or renting for a while in your new location? There are some expenses associated with each option. Your title agent or property manager can help you understand closing costs, deposits, move-in dates or closing times. Are there educational considerations to be made for your children? Have those details worked out. And, when it comes to the move, examine and compare different choices. 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 are 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 get your possessions. Professional movers are also an option, from full service packing and moving or a customized plan that meets 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 unforeseeable. Don't start the moving process without a good understanding of your resources compared to your costs, and don't 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 a few days? Allow for padding 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 little 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 have gone with a professional company, how easy to deal with are they regarding 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 layer to your budget. If you're ready to hire experienced 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 assist.