Elijah White writes for the Olympic Moving Blog. The views in this article are those of the author and may not reflect the opinions of Quicken Loans and its team members.
Moving for a new career opportunity can be challenging, to say the least. You’re leaving a life you’ve spent time cultivating and starting over from scratch. On top of that, you’re expected to hit the ground running in a new position at a new office, with a new boss and new coworkers. But you can do it. Nearly 20% of moves each year are job-related. There are some simple things that you can do to relieve the stress that might join you on your new adventure. Read this guide, follow the advice, and you’ll be prepared to dominate any job-related move!
Organization Is Key
Start by getting organized. Whether your new job is 20 miles or 2,000 miles away, you’re going to face many of the same obstacles. You’ll need to get organized. This is essential to keeping everything running smoothly throughout the relocation process.
Create a thorough to-do list. There are several moving checklists and guides that can help you get started. You’ll find it much more difficult to forget things when you reference your list.
Map out your timeline, delegate tasks and track your progress with sticky notes and check marks. You might also want to create a folder to keep important documents that you’ll collect along the way. Keep all of your moving receipts in this folder as well. Many expenses are tax deductible when you’re moving for a new job.
Understand Your Employer Benefits
Depending on your company, you could be eligible for some financial help with your relocation. The best time to discuss this is before accepting the job offer, but even if you’ve already taken the position, it’s not too late to contact your HR department and ask about moving assistance.
There are three types of common corporate relocation plans: a lump sum payment to cover moving costs, reimbursement up to a certain amount after you provide receipts, and coordinating your move with an in-house/partnered moving company. You should approach your HR department with an estimate of your expected expenses so they’ll have an idea of what it might cost them. Almost all reputable moving companies will provide you with a free moving estimate.
Other expenses that could be covered by your employer are travel costs, temporary lodging while you look for a new home (often up to 90 days), paid time off for house hunting trips, packing and moving costs, help selling your current home, closing costs, shipment of your vehicle, related incidentals and job placement assistance for your spouse.
Sell Your Old Home
There is some debate over whether you should sell the house you are presently living in or rent it out. If you weigh the pros and cons, you might come to the conclusion that selling your old home is the simpler and more logical option.
The first step is to find a qualified real estate agent. You should ask your friends and family for recommendations, read online reviews, and meet with qualified candidates face to face before you sign anything. This agent is responsible for getting your home sold quickly and for top dollar. You’ll want to make sure that you have the best person for the job.
Choosing the Perfect New Home
It can be a rough transition to move to a new area. One surefire way to soften this blow is to scout out your new area and choose the perfect landing spot for you and your family.
Look into crime rates, home prices, local parks, movie theaters, lakes and rivers, golf courses, restaurants, religious centers or any other amenities that you and your family would be interested in. Try to choose a centralized location near your wanted amenities in your new area, because while you can change things about your home, you can’t change its location.
If you are unfamiliar with the community, renting a home can give you an opportunity to familiarize yourself with your surroundings. Renting for six months or a year will give you plenty of time to investigate a new area before committing to a permanent home.
Consolidate Your Life
The time will come when you look around and realize that your collection of knickknacks is going to take you forever to pack up and move. It’s time to start taking serious inventory of your home. Ideally, you’ll have the floor plan for your new home at this point, which allows you to figure out what can fit into your new space.
Begin to put things into three different categories: “Must Have”, “Would Like to Have,” and “Don’t Need.” If your keeper piles start getting too large, you can look into some storage options. Don’t forget to check your attic, garage, and supply shed when taking inventory of your home. Be very selective. The more things you take with you, the more expensive your move will be, the longer it will take and the more crowded your new home will feel.
Once you’ve decided what you’re getting rid of, you could start planning a moving sale. Hosting one allows you to make money off things you never use, save the money you would’ve spent transporting them, and give someone else an opportunity to get a great deal.
Selecting a Moving Company
Once you’ve put your home on the market, selected new living arrangements and mapped out your moving plan, it’s time to select a moving company if it’s in your budget.
When seeking out quality movers, there are a few things to look for. Check to ensure that the company is registered with the FMCSA, which regulates the moving industry on a federal level, and check their online reviews for experiences by other consumers.
Getting Set Up in Your New Place
Movers will do all the hard work of getting your home packed up, loaded and unloaded at your destination. You’ll want to have a clearly marked “First Night Box” and, if you don’t bring it in your car with you, let them know that you want that box left out. In this box you should have everything you’ll need for your first night in your new home.
Assuming that you don’t have to go into work first thing the next morning, you’ll want to get right into unpacking your boxes. Conventional wisdom says that you should pick a room, unpack and organize the entire room, remove all the packing materials and arrange it how you want it before heading to the next room. This can give you a feeling of accomplishment while working towards your overall goal, and it can prevent a house full of half-unpacked rooms.
Make this process fun. Create a playlist that you can sing along with, allow your children to arrange their new rooms any way they’d like, and announce a family-fun reward for when you get finished.
Become a Social Butterfly
You can take a deep breath. The hard part is over. It’s time to settle into your new life.
Being the new person in the office or on the block isn’t always easy. One simple trick to break the ice and learn about your new town is to ask people for recommendations. People love to give their opinions. This allows you to learn about local attractions and find common interests with your peers simultaneously. It’s a great way to strike up a conversation and help you feel more at home.
Do you have any more relocation tips and tricks? Share in the comments!
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