Budgeting for Your Cross-Country Move to Denver12/10/2017 A cross-country move to Denver is a huge undertaking, but there are surely varying degrees of difficulty and expense. How do you accomplish such a move without draining your bank account? There are several things you can do to know up-front what to anticipate and plan for. First, as with any undertaking, 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 a different neighborhood becomes a more realistic alternative? What is the economic landscape? Will you need to update 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 minimal things, but they can make a big impact in a budget that did not account for them ahead of time. Know your incidental costs. Assuming your general area in Denver 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 various 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 considerations to be made for your children? Have those particulars figured out. And, when it comes to the move, examine and compare different 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 are an option some consider, 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 belongings. 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. Last, but not least, think about, as best you can, for the unforeseeable. Don't start the moving process without a keen knowledge of your resources compared to your costs, and don't plan to spend 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 delays your arrival an extra day or two? Allow for extra 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 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 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 qualified professionals, or are in your fact-finding 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 you.