Five Not so Obvious Costs of Moving to Houston for a New Job


Five Not so Obvious Costs of Moving to Houston for a New Job

Most people know 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 during a move to Houston. If you are mulling over a new job in another city, here are five expenses you should consider as you plan a budget.

1) The cost of moving all of your possessions

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 resolve 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, too.

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. Further, 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. Read 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 must be considered when pondering 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 professional mover and decide to fly out ahead, 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 hunt.

4) The cost of living in Houston

The salary 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 shelling out 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 employment. 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 grueling 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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