Relocating to another state or a distance city can be emotionally and physically exhausting. But it’s not only that, we can’t really ignore the financial aspects of relocating to a new place.
The longer the distance, the more will be the moving expenses, so we need to get our finances right from the very beginning. Now, talking about the monetary matters, most people are concerned about the overall moving costs which includes the packing costs, the price of the movers, the transportation costs, moving insurance etc. But, you need to understand that monetary concerns do not end with you relocating to a new place. But you also have to think of surviving for initial days.
So, when you are moving to another city or state, you need to be financially prepared to face the unplanned challenges during the move and after the move. And especially if you have monetary constraints and you are relocating without a job in hand, things may turn out to be even more difficult.
And if it sound familiar, then here’s the post that’s a must read for you, as today in this post I am sharing some important tips about how to prepare financially when relocating to a new state, city or a country.
Tips to prepare financially for relocating to another state
Constant monetary troubles can take away your peace. But, if relocating to a new place is inevitable, you must prepare yourself financially. I am sure, you have already thought about the pros and cons of relocating, and you certainly don’t want to end up in financial trouble during or after relocating.
And therefore, it’s important to handle the monetary matters wisely from early on, so that, you’ll be able to have a hassle free relocating experience.
And here’re a few of the best ways to prepare financially before you relocate to a new city, state or a new country.
Know about the cost of living
Needless to say, if you want to prepare financially before relocating, you got to have a good idea about the cost of living at the new city where you are about to relocate. Housing usually becomes the biggest recurring monthly expense. So the best that you can do is to research well about whether to buy a home or just rent it. Whichever seems better as per your research and financial condition, you can choose accordingly.
Regarding the other obvious expenses that you may have to bear after the relocation, it will be wise of you to get a clear idea about the tax situation there. To be more specific, do your research on the income tax, property tax, sales tax or any other local tax cases that you may have to bear. The more you are aware of these things, the better you will be able to prepare yourself financially for the move.
Make your own budget
It is very important that you fix a proper budget before you move. And, for that, besides learning about the cost of living of the new place, you will also have to learn about the overall moving costs that you will have to bear.
Obviously it is not possible to know about the exact household moving expenses from the beginning, but if you do your research on the standards market prices like that of the packer and mover services and all, then you can actually plan for the moving expenses.
The thing is you need to have enough money to survive for initial days in the new location. So planning your moving expenses in advance and preparing expense budget for early days is seriously important.
Save when you can
As far as the moving expenses are concerned, you can actually save a lot if you know what to do and what not to. After all, if you are able to cut off some of the moving expenses, you will be able to save more for life in the new place after relocating.
One thing that you can do is, whenever you are short listing the movers, try to shortlist at least 4-5 of them instead of just one. This will give you the chance to talk negotiate and bargain for a better deal and offer.
The next thing which you can do to save on moving expenses is to get some of the packing done on your own. Obviously, when you hire moving service for packing, they will do it very efficiently. But overall charges will be higher if they do the full service. But, if you are able to manage the packing taking the help of your friends, relatives or neighborhoods, you can actually save some cash.
Second thing that you can do to save on moving expenses is to limit the items that you are moving. Take only the essential items and sell or donate other non-essential stuffs.
This will help you reduce your packing costs and overall moving costs as well. By selling your stuffs, you may also make some profit from there.
Also, once you have decided for the move, it will be good enough if you cut off all the other unnecessary expenses and invest only in essential aspects. This way you will be able to save a decent sum of money for your move.
Find a job
If you are relocating to the new place for a new job, then that is fine but if you do not have a job at hand, and you are relocating with hope to find a job, then you need to have enough savings to survive the initial days or till the time you manage to get a job with proper salary.
Now, let’s admit it, moving to another place without a job is risky. And so, it will be good if you find a job before relocating. But, if that is not possible, at least research enough about the job opportunities there and then apply for the jobs, give interviews if possible through video calling and then relocate.
This is because there is no guarantee that you will be able to crack in the first interview only. So, you got to keep trying and applying for jobs there as many as possible.
A secure job is very necessary for you to stay financially stable in a new city or state, so keep trying. The earlier you get it, the better for you.
Up your credit score
Most of the landlords check your credit score to see how much reliable you are. Now, you will obviously not require a spotless credit score in order to get an apartment but it will definitely help you to stay ahead of the rest.
If you do not have a good credit score or if you have not built anything yet, then the easiest way to get it done is by using a rewards credit card for main expenses. You just have to be sure that you pay the statement balance in full before the due date of the billing cycle in order to prevent interest fees while contributing to your payment history positively.
Review insurance needs
A change in location can have a lot of impact on your insurance needs. Moreover, employer life insurance does not stay if you are leaving your present company and relocating to some other place without a job. So, it is a good thing to consider an individual life insurance policy to ensure that you and your family is covered for any worst situation.
Update your bills
It is very rare to find an apartment that includes WI-FI. In most cases, you will have to take care of cable, internet and other location-specific charges. So, it will be a good thing if you make a list of things that are important and keep it with your budget. This will act as a reminder that you will have to cancel the current services and make arrangements after shifting to your new home.
Maintain a tracker
If you have some financial restrictions, it is important that you keep a track of all the expenses on a daily basis. This way you will also be reminded of how much money is left for you to spend.
Moving to a new place has got lot of challenges and getting the finances correct is definitely one thing. After all there are so many expenses you will have to bear when moving, starting from fees of the moving company to packing costs to other relocation costs to the expenses that you will have to bear in the new city or state after the relocation. So, yes, there are many financial departments you need to handle and so, for that, proper research on the general moving costs and the possible expenses in the new place is something you should do. Then accordingly, you must prepare the budget and do try to do as much extra savings as possible.
Then, besides these, finding a job, having good credit scores, reviewing your insurance needs and maintaining a tracker etc. will be good enough for you to financially prepare yourself before the relocation. The point is to keep yourself ready to face any monetary challenges, before, during and after the relocation. The better you are able to manage things, the smoother things will be for you as far as expenses are concerned.
So, stay prepared and enjoy your life in the new place.