Budgeting for Your Cross-Country Move to Dallas
First, as with any undertaking, plan. Early considerations should include the cost of living in Dallas - what are the approximate costs of housing, food, fuel, and utilities? How long can your commute be before a different neighborhood becomes a more reasonable alternative? What is the economic climate? Will you need to change 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 insignificant 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 Dallas is already known, wrap up your living arrangements. Are you closing on a new home, or renting temporarily 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 specifics worked out.
And, when it comes to the move, examine and compare various 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 can be a choice you can think about, but it can add up if storage is required or your new zip code is not serviced and you have to hire a moving truck anyway to finally collect 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 jump in without a acute knowledge of your resources in comparison with your costs, and do not plan to spend 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 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 a little while? Is it expensive, and do they have secure 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've gone with a professional company, how easy to deal with are they in regard to 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 are 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 you.