Budgeting for Your Cross-Country Move to El Paso12/10/2017 A cross-country move to El Paso is a significant venture, but there are certainly different degrees of difficulty and expense. How do you manage such a move without exhausting your bank account? There are some things you can do to know up-front what to predict and plan for. For starters, as with any undertaking, 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 reasonable option? What is the economic landscape? Will you need to change any professional licensing, and how is the market for your field? What are the local income and property taxes that you need to know, including vehicle registration? Do household utilities require a large deposit up front? These may seem like insignificant things, but they can make a major impact in a budget that didn't account for them ahead of time. Know your incidental costs. Assuming your general area in El Paso is already established, finalize your living arrangements. Are you closing on a new house, 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 particulars worked out. Finally, when it comes to the move, research and contrast different 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 are an alternative you can 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 belongings. Professional movers are also a choice, 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. Last, but not least, plan, as best you can, for the unforeseeable. Do not think about moving without a acute knowledge of your resources compared to your costs, and do not plan to spend right up to the end of your budget. Plan a cushion against the unforeseeable. What will you need to do if your DIY rental truck requires a repair or substitution along the road that delays your arrival an extra day or two? Allow for a buffer in your budget in case of such matters. 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 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 costs 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 element to your budget. If you're ready to hire competent 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 assist.