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Some areas of the country are so different in terms of climate and city or urban life that we've developed this list of "additional costs" you might incur when moving to a new environment. For example, someone moving from Phoenix to New York will probably have to expand their winter closet to include a wool jacket, long underwear and boots, or they may have to spend extra money for parking their vehicle. However, they will no longer have to worry about buying the chemicals needed for upkeep of their swimming pool or changing car batteries every two years.
 
With this in mind, please consider the following expenses which may impact the cost of your move:
 
  1. State and local income tax
  2. School tax
  3. Property tax
  4. Home Insurance (need for flood, hurricane, etc.
  5. Car insurance rates
  6. Car registration fees
  7. Heating and/or cooling costs - depending on average temperatures
  8. Pool care costs
  9. Yard care costs
  10. Home maintenance - in hot, dry climates a roof will need more frequent replacement whereas cold, wet climates have to do weather stripping
  11. Wear and tear on your vehicle due to moisture or salt on roads, excessive temperatures
  12. Clothing - the types you will need depending on average temperatures, standard business attire or local style
  13. Public transportation availability
  14. Climate gear - like snow tires, snow blower, etc.
  15. Travel - back to previous residence city to visit family or take care of other matters
  16. Phone bills - could be higher due to keeping in touch with family, friends or handling business matters
  17. Daycare costs - these could be higher or lower than what you're used to
  18. Private school - you may choose a change in school-type depending on the quality of schools in your old/new residence.
 
In addition, check out The Salary CalculatorŪ , which is a wonderful resource in estimating the cost of living when moving from one city to another.
 
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