Budgeting for Your Cross-Country Move to Colorado Springs12/10/2017 A cross-country move to Colorado Springs is a grand venture, but there are definitely different degrees of difficulty and expense. How do you manage such a move without taxing your bank account? Here are several things you can do to be aware of up-front what to anticipate and plan for. Above all, as with any venture, plan. Early considerations should include the cost of living in Colorado Springs - what are the overall costs of housing, food, fuel, and utilities? How long can your commute be before another neighborhood becomes a more realistic option? What is the economic landscape? Will you need to change 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 large deposit up front? These may seem like minimal 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 established, finalize your living arrangements. Are you closing on a new home, or renting temporarily in your new location? There are various 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 specifics worked out. Finally, when it comes to the move, research and contrast several 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 might 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 obtain your possessions. 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 might be pleasantly surprised. Lastly, and maybe most importantly, think about, as best you can, for the unexpected. Do not think about moving without a keen 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 unpredictable. 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 issues. 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 secure 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 insulation to your budget. If you're ready to hire experienced professionals, or are in your research 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 assist.