Five Undisclosed Costs of Moving to Atlanta for a New Job10/25/2017 Five Undisclosed Costs of Moving to Atlanta for a New Job Everyone knows that moving to a new city for a job is a costly scheme in terms of time and money. The list of things to budget for is lengthy. Even the most budget-conscious of people may not think to set aside for some things that could come up throughout a move to Atlanta. If you are considering a new job in a different city, here are five expenses you should consider as you prepare a budget. 1) The cost of moving your stuff If your new job is with one of the 41% of companies in the United States that does not provide some form of aid to help pay for the move you will be making, this is a bill you will have to pay yourself. Whether you appoint a company to relocate your household or you resolve to handle it yourself, it can be costly. Choosing the former has higher upfront costs, but there will still be considerable expenses with the latter selection, as well. For starters, you'll have to rent a trailer (and a hitch if you do not already have one installed on your vehicle) or moving truck to transport your belongings. Then, you'll have to think about travel-related expenses once you hit the road to Atlanta. A do-it-yourself move may not be as expensive as having someone else to do it for you, but it will not be cheap. Make arrangements accordingly. Find more about the Pros and Cons of DIY Moving here. 2) The cost of traveling to a new location in Atlanta Speaking of traveling… This was mentioned briefly above, but the cost of traveling to a new location should be considered when contemplating a move. If you are planning on driving, you need to plan for food, gas, lodging, and tolls, if applicable, as well as set some money aside for vehicle repairs in case there are problems while you are on the road. Even if you hire a professional mover and decide to fly out ahead, there is still the cost of air travel. Either way, you will need to budget some money to get to Atlanta. 3) The cost of temporary housing in Atlanta If you do not have permanent housing lined up when you arrive in Atlanta, you will at least need to make arrangements for somewhere to live temporarily while you look for something less temporary. It may be a hotel, or a month-to-month lease on an apartment, but it is one thing you must take into consideration. Another factor should be the cost of storing everything you do not need while you hunt. 4) The cost of living in Atlanta The compensation package you have been presented with may be ten percent higher than what you are currently being paid, but how much will that matter if the cost of living is eleven or twelve percent higher in the area you will be moving to? Evaluate what you'll be paying there for things like groceries, transportation, and insurance to what you are spending currently to see what the variance in costs of living could cost you. 5) The cost of leaving your close-knit community and creating a new one No, this cost is not a financial one, but it is crucial to think about when you are moving away for a new job. Unless you are a hermit, you have a community of people where you are currently that probably consists of family, friends, and co-workers. Moving to a new city will sever some of those relationships and make others more challenging to keep up. It can take considerable amounts of time and effort to build similar connections in a new place, so prepare yourself correspondingly. Ready to make the move to Atlanta? A-1 Freeman Moving Group can help you get started with a free estimate.