Budgeting for Your Cross-Country Move to El Paso
Above all, as with any endeavor, plan. Early considerations should include the cost of living in El Paso - what are the approximate expenses 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 climate? Will 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 sizeable deposit up front? These may seem like small things, but they can make a major impact in a budget that did not account for them ahead of time. Know your incidental costs.
Assuming your general location in El Paso is already known, 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 arrangements to be made for your children? Have those particulars figured out.
And, when it comes to the move, explore and compare various 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 can be a choice some consider, but expenses 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 get your stuff. 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 unpredictable. Don't jump in without a good knowledge 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 delays your arrival a few days? Allow for a cushion in your budget in case of such happenings. 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 locked 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 expenses potentially incurred. If you've gone with a professional company, how flexible 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 element to your budget.
If you are ready to hire experienced professionals, or are in your fact-finding 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.