Moving to Take a Job

I moved last summer to take a job in a state over 1,200 miles away. The little town where I lived was (and still is) very dependent on the oil and gas industry. That industry was hit hard in late 2008 as gas prices tumbled.

I worked for my father-in-law and, essentially, laid myself off. He owns a small manufacturing company that just couldn’t support him and my family anymore. So I decided it would be best if I moved to take a job in a different industry. Hard? Yes. Very. But it was one of the smartest decisions I’ve ever made.

If you’re in a financial mess (as I was before I moved), I think it’s wise to consider moving. In fact, I think if more people were willing to move, unemployment wouldn’t be as high as it is today.

But, that’s not to say moving in and of itself will be a walk in the park. It’s hard to move. But moving when you don’t have your financial bearings in order is even more difficult. If you know you want to move, now is the time to start planning and budgeting for it. Depending on how much stuff you have, a cross country move can cost anywhere from $5,000 to well over $10,000.

Thankfully, DR at the Dough Roller recently posted on the Hidden Costs of Moving especially when professional movers are involved:

“What often appears like a reasonable quote from a professional moving company can turn into a final price that does not come close to what you originally budgeted. Asking the right questions up front and doing a lot of the “leg-work” on your own will save you time, aggravation and money.

When myself and my family starting the moving process a year ago, we got three quotes from professional movers. It was an amazing pain because each mover walked around our house while asking a number of questions. Don’t skip this step. My wife and I saved over $4,000 because we got more than one quote.

There are several “hidden” items that you should be aware of including moving supplies (tape and boxes) as well as packing for special items (heirlooms, pianos), insurance needs, and the time of year you’re planning to move—summer being the most expensive time of the year.

I moved over 1,200 miles a year ago to take a job. It may not have seemed like it then, but it turned out to be a very wise decision on my part. What about you? Have you ever moved a long distance? Would you be willing to move to take a job if you’re currently unemployed?

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