Budgeting for Your Cross-Country Move to Atlanta

budgeting for moving 

A cross-country move to Atlanta is a grand undertaking, but there are certainly differing degrees of difficulty and expense. How do you deal with such a move without exhausting your bank account? Here are some things you can do to be aware of up-front what to anticipate and plan for.

First, as with any undertaking, plan. Early considerations should include the cost of living in Atlanta - what are the approximate expenses of housing, food, fuel, and utilities? How long can your commute be before another neighborhood becomes a better option? What is the economic landscape? Will you need to transfer any professional licensing, and how is the market for your field of expertise? 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 insignificant things, but they can make a big 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 established, wrap up your living arrangements. Are you closing on a new residence, or renting temporarily in your new location? There are different 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 details figured out.

Finally, when it comes to the move, research 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 might be an option you can consider, but it 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 get your belongings. Professional movers are also an option, 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 unpredictable. Don't jump in without a acute understanding of your resources in comparison with your costs, and don't 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 pushes out your arrival a few days? 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 adjustment 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 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 about 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 layer to your budget.

If you are 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 help.