Five Hidden Costs of Moving to Houston for a New Job

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Five Hidden Costs of Moving to Houston for a New Job

Most everyone knows that moving to a new city for a job is a costly scheme in terms of time and money. The list of items to budget for is extensive. Even the most budget-conscious of people may not think to put aside for some things that could come up in the course of a move to Houston. If you are mulling over a new job in another city, here are five expenses you should take into account as you plan a budget.

1) The cost of moving everything

If your new job is with one of the 41% of companies in the United States that does not provide some type of funds to help pay for the move you will be making, this is a bill you will have to pay yourself. Whether you employ a company to move your household or you decide to handle it yourself, it can get costly. Picking the former may have higher upfront costs, but there will still be considerable expenses with the latter selection, as well.

For instance, 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 things. Then, you'll have to budget for travel-related expenses while you are traveling to Houston.

A do-it-yourself move may not be as expensive as hiring someone else to do it for you, but there will still be costs involved. Make arrangements accordingly. Find more about the Pros and Cons of DIY Moving here.

2) The cost of traveling to a new location in Houston

Speaking of traveling…

This was mentioned briefly above, but the cost of traveling to a new location should be considered when considering a move. If you plan to drive, you need to budget for food, gas, lodging, and tolls, if applicable, as well as save some money for vehicle repairs in case there is a breakdown while you are on the road.

Even if you hire a moving company and decide to fly to your destination, there is still the cost of air travel. Either way, you will need to spend some money to get to Houston.

3) The cost of temporary housing in Houston

If you do not have a permanent place to stay lined up when you arrive in Houston, you will at least need to make arrangements for a location 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 should take into consideration. Another matter should be the cost of storing everything you do not need while you seek.

4) The cost of living in Houston

The compensation 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 even higher in the city you will be moving to? Compare what you'll be paying there for things like groceries, transportation, and insurance to what you are paying presently to see what the change in costs of living could cost you.

5) The cost of leaving your caring community and creating a new one

No, this cost is not a budgetary one, but it is imperative to think about when you are moving away for a job. Unless you are a loner, you have a community of people where you are currently that probably consists of family, friends, and co-workers. Relocating to a new city will sever some of those relationships and make others more challenging to continue. It can take massive amounts of time and effort to build similar connections in a new place, so prepare yourself correspondingly.

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