A cross-country move to Colorado Springs is a huge task, and there are definitely different degrees of difficulty and expense. How do you manage such a move without draining your bank account? There are a few things you can do to think about up-front what to predict and plan for.
First, as with any endeavor, plan. Early considerations should include the cost of living in Colorado Springs - what are the approximate expenses of housing, food, fuel, and utilities? How long can your commute be before a different neighborhood becomes a better alternative? What is the economic climate? Will you need to update any professional licensing, and how is the market for your field? What are the local income and property taxes to be aware of, including vehicle registration? Do household utilities require a large deposit up front? These may seem like trivial things, but they can make a substantial impact in a budget that didn't account for them ahead of time. Know your incidental costs.
Assuming your general location in Colorado Springs is already known, wrap up your living arrangements. Are you closing on a new house, or renting for a while in your new location? There are some 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 specifics worked out.
Then, when it comes to the move, examine and compare different alternatives. 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 an option some ponder, but costs 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 unexpected. Don't start the moving process without a acute understanding of your resources in comparison with your costs, and don't think about spending 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 pushes out your arrival a few days? Allow for padding in your budget in case of such matters. What is the policy of the portable storage company if you have a last-minute adjustment to the timeline and things need to stay in storage for some time? 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 have gone with a professional company, how flexible are they in regard to 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 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 help.