Budgeting for Your Cross-Country Move to Wichita Falls12/10/2017 A cross-country move to Wichita Falls is a grand venture, and there are surely differing degrees of difficulty and expense. How do you accomplish such a move without draining your bank account? There are several things you can do to be aware of up-front what to predict and plan for. First, as with any undertaking, plan. Early considerations should include the cost of living in Wichita Falls - what are the approximate expenses of housing, food, fuel, and utilities? How long can your commute be before another neighborhood becomes a more reasonable choice? What is the economic landscape? Will you need to update 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 sizeable deposit up front? These may seem like insignificant things, but they can make a major impact in a budget that didn't account for them ahead of time. Know your incidental costs. Assuming your general location in Wichita Falls is already figured out, 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 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. Finally, when it comes to the move, research and compare several alternatives. 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 can be an option many consider, but it can add up if storage is needed 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 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. Lastly, and maybe most importantly, think about, as best you can, for the unforeseeable. Don't think about moving without a acute understanding of your resources contrasted to 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 a cushion in your budget in case of such happenings. 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 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've gone with a professional company, how flexible are they about 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 element to your budget. If you are ready to hire qualified 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.