A cross-country move to Atlanta is a grand task, but there are definitely differing degrees of difficulty and expense. How do you accomplish such a move without draining your bank account? Here are some things you can do to know up-front what to expect and plan for.
Above all, as with any undertaking, plan. Early considerations should include the cost of living in Atlanta - what are the approximate costs of housing, food, fuel, and utilities? How long can your commute be before a different neighborhood becomes a better choice? What is the economic landscape? Do you need to transfer any professional licensing, and how is the market for your skills? What are the local income and property taxes to be aware of, including vehicle registration? Do household utilities require a big deposit up front? These may seem like minor 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 area in Atlanta is already known, wrap up your living arrangements. Are you closing on a new residence, or renting temporarily in your new location? There are some 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 arrangements to be made for your children? Have those specifics figured out.
Then, when it comes to the move, research and contrast various choices. 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 you can think about, 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 obtain your belongings. Professional movers are also an alternative, from full service packing and moving or a customized plan that serves your specific needs. Know your options and compare their bottom lines. You might be pleasantly surprised.
Last, but not least, plan, as best you can, for the unexpected. Do not think about moving without a keen knowledge 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 unforeseeable. What might 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 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 expenses potentially incurred. If you have 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're ready to hire capable 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.