Budgeting for Your Cross-Country Move to Austin
First, as with any venture, plan. Early considerations should include the cost of living in Austin - what are the overall costs of housing, food, fuel, and utilities? How long can your commute be before a different neighborhood becomes a more realistic choice? What is the economic landscape? Will 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 big deposit up front? These may seem like trivial things, but they can make a substantial impact in a budget that did not account for them ahead of time. Know your incidental costs.
Assuming your general area in Austin is already established, settle on 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 arrangements to be made for your children? Have those particulars worked out.
And, when it comes to the move, explore and compare several choices. 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 are an option you can think about, but it can add up if storage is needed 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 an alternative, 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 unexpected. Don't think about moving without a keen understanding 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 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 extra in your budget in case of such occurrences. 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 some time? Is it expensive, and do they have safe facilities? Or will you need to figure out those arrangements on your own? How is their customer service? Are they easy to contact? Be aware of your responsibilities and any extra costs potentially incurred. If you have gone with a professional company, how easy to deal with are they about 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 insulation to your budget.
If you are ready to hire experienced 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.