Budgeting for Your Cross-Country Move to Denver
Above all, as with any venture, plan. Early considerations should include the cost of living in Denver - what are the overall expenses of housing, food, fuel, and utilities? How long can your commute be before another neighborhood becomes a more realistic alternative? What is the economic climate? Do you need to transfer any professional licensing, and how is the market for your skills? 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 minimal 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 location in Denver is already figured out, wrap up your living arrangements. Are you closing on a new home, or renting temporarily in your new location? There are different expenses associated with each option. Your title agent or property manager can keep you informed of closing costs, deposits, move-in dates or closing times. Are there educational considerations to be made for your children? Have those particulars figured out.
Finally, when it comes to the move, explore and compare several alternatives. 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 an alternative some think about, but costs 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 receive 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.
Last, but not least, think about, as best you can, for the unexpected. Don't jump in without a good understanding 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 delays your arrival a few days? Allow for a cushion 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 while? Is it expensive, and do they have locked 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 charges 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'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.