1. Find out if your new position offers relocation assistance.
Often when employers are hiring new employees that will have to relocate, they’ll offer relocation assistance – this means that they’ll cover the expenses of moving and may even offer assistance in finding a new place of residence.
2. Keep track of all moving expenses – your new employer may reimburse you!
Even if your new employer doesn’t have a formal relocation policy, you should still keep track of all moving expenses on the off chance that they offer to reimburse the costs once you arrive. Keep a spreadsheet of your spending on truck rentals or professional movers, boxes and tape, professional cleaners, storage units, and moving insurance, so you can provide it to them once you arrive.
3. Research your new city’s cost of living.
If you’re moving to a new state (or even a different city in your state) there’s a good chance that the cost of living will be different than your current place of residence. Make sure you do some research so that you can adjust your current budget accordingly, also taking your new salary into account.
4. Learn about the city.
It’s important to learn about the city you’ll be moving to – which areas have the lowest crime rates, and which have the highest? Which part of town has a grocery store close by, and which areas require a longer drive to get there? Are there any areas that are walkable, or any areas with a variety of restaurants that you want to be close to? If you’re not able to travel to the location first and explore, the next best option is to visit the city’s tourism website or read reviews from locals.
5. Find a new home!
Now that you’ve researched the area, it’s time to look for a new place to live! Make sure you take all the above questions into account, as well as costs and proximity to your new place of work. Your new coworkers may even have some suggestions for the best places to look.
6. Choose a moving company.
There are two options for moving – hire a moving company to load all your boxes, drive them to the new location, and unpack them (which is much more costly), or rent a moving truck and pack up and unload everything yourself (which is much more time consuming). If your new employer is willing to cover it (or you are!), hiring professional movers will be the much less stressful choice.
7. Keep everything organized.
We all hear the stories of things getting lost in a move – family heirlooms, expensive jewelry, or even a beloved toy – so make sure to keep as organized as possible to avoid that situation. Label all boxes with what’s inside and keep your most prized possessions with you instead of on the moving truck.
8. Decide when to move.
Now it’s time to pick your move-in date. If you get a little bit of wiggle room, make sure to give yourself adequate time to settle in before you start your new position. This will allow you to get a head start on unpacking, explore the area a little more, and get some much-needed rest from the exhaustion of moving to a brand-new place!
The last step is to go for it! Pack up, hit the road, and start enjoying life in your new city.
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