Moving is one of the top five most stressful life events. A far relocation can make it even more stressful. Here are some tips to make it easier.
1. Ask for relocation assistance.
When relocating for a new job, many employers will offer to reimburse you for relocation expenses as part of your offer package. It is worth asking in the hiring process if relocation assistance has not been offered.
Also, many employers will have a reputable realtor that they work with to help their employees transition to a new area. This can be very valuable if you do not have any connections in the area that can recommend a realtor.
2. Consider a short term rental or corporate housing.
If you have not visited the area that much or are not familiar with the area, consider renting for a few months to scout out the area. While it may be more difficult for your to move twice in a short period of time, it is far less costly than realizing you made a mistake by buying a home in an area that does not work for you or your family.
Consider using a moving and storage service like PODS if you plan to rent for a short time.
3. Learn about the new place.
Aside from visiting your new area, researching the new area beforehand will help you understand the type of place you’re moving to, how expensive it is to live there, and where the safest neighbors are.
There are many websites out there to compare the cost of living between two places. One of the best is Expatism.com. There are also many websites where you can check crime maps for a certain area, a good site for this is CrimeMapping.com.
4. Label ALL boxes.
Labelling boxes will keep you organized when you arrived at your new location. Label what room they are for, and label an “open first” (toiletries, kitchen gear, etc.) and “hold all” (scissors, meds, tape, important papers, etc.).
5. Don’t become too attached.
The fewer items you have to pack, the cheaper and easier it will be to move. Becoming attached to the sentimental value of an item often causes people to retain too much stuff. If you don’t think you will use an item in the next year – throw it out or donate it. There are many charity drop boxes that accept clothing and household items, and many charities will actually offer to pick up your extra stuff.
6. Get several moving company quotes.
The price to move long distance can vary greatly. Get several quotes from different movers to ensure you are getting the best value for reliable service. Using websites like Yelp or Angie’s List will help you find reliable movers.
7. Make travel plans.
Whether driving or flying to your new location, create a detailed agenda of your trip. If you are driving, you will likely have a lot of stuff. Search for hotels that offer free and safe parking, and keep an overnight bag separate from the rest of your things.
8. Be social.
Before your move let your social networks know your plans. Friends can connect you with other friends in your new area. When you arrive to your new area, join activity or hobby clubs in your new area to meet people with shared interests.
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