Budgeting for Your Cross-Country Move to Tulsa
First, as with any undertaking, plan. Early considerations should include the cost of living in Tulsa - what are the general costs of housing, food, fuel, and utilities? How long can your commute be before a different 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 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 Tulsa is already figured out, finalize your living arrangements. Are you closing on a new residence, 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 arrangements to be made for your children? Have those specifics worked out.
And, when it comes to the move, examine and compare various 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 might be an alternative you can think about, 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 collect your stuff. 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 could be pleasantly surprised.
Last, but not least, plan, as best you can, for the unpredictable. 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 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 an extra day or two? Allow for padding in your budget in case of such happenings. 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 charges potentially incurred. If you have gone with a professional company, how flexible are they in regard to 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're ready to hire competent 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 help.