Moving can be stressful, especially if you’re relocating for a new job and need to find a home before you start.
From researching areas to live to organizing your belongings, there are many aspects to consider.
Below we outline four tips to make your job relocation experience seamless.
1. Get to Know Your New City
Don’t go into your move blind – do your research. Take the time to dive into your new surroundings before moving.
A few topics to research when getting to know your new location include:
- Cost of living.
- Location and commute time to work.
- Proximity to family and friends.
- School systems.
- Weather conditions.
Learning about these factors can help you become more comfortable with your location switch.
A few tools that can help you during the research process include:
- Your new city’s website and social media accounts.
- A simple Google search to learn history and other fun facts.
- City Advisor.
- Friends, family and even new coworkers who live in the area.
Once you’re settled in, be adventurous and explore your new town!
2. Understand Your New Employer’s Relocation Assistance
You may receive relocation assistance as part of your agreement to work for your new company. Speak with your new boss or HR department to understand what it covers. It varies by company, but areas it helps includes:
- Assistance with selling your old home.
- Costs to travel between locations during the moving process.
- Moving costs (i.e. storage containers, moving trucks, professional movers).
- Temporary lodging if you are unable to find a new home right away.
Take advantage of all they will cover. Don’t forget to ask your new boss for recommendations about neighborhoods or areas to consider.
3. Stay Organized
The last worry you want to have when preparing for a new job is whether your items will be safe throughout your move. Organization is key to ensuring none of your precious belongings get lost along the way.
A few ways to stay organized before, during and after your move, include:
- Before: Establish a system for boxes, bins and storage containers. Consider labeling by room or color-coding by category (i.e. kitchen, bedroom, office). This will make your life easier when it comes time to unpack.
- During: Be strategic when packing vehicles and moving trucks. Think before you place to avoid cramming and jamming.
- After: Don't tackle everything at once. Take the time to assess your new home and consider where different items will go.
4. Store Excess Belongings
If you have a short window before your start date, it may be difficult to find a permanent home right off the bat. You may have to find temporary housing, which may be too small to fit all your belongings.
Consider renting a self-storage unit for belongings you won’t need until you move in to your permanent home. Even if you’re in your permanent home, you may find that you have storage needs to keep your new home uncluttered.
With these tips, you won’t have to worry as much about your move. You can focus on making a big impact for your new company.
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