Guide to Job Relocation

Guide to Job Relocation

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By Logan Livers, Storage.com

Storage.com is your number one ally when moving to a new home. We’re here to provide you with useful moving tips and hacks, or additional storage whenever necessary.

Relocating to a new city for a job is one of the biggest decisions you can make in your career, so you’re undoubtedly going to do a lot of research beforehand. But what should you be looking for? What should you be thinking about?

The truth is, there are a ton of variables to consider when making such a drastic change. In the end, only you will be able to decide if relocating for a job is the right choice. However, we’re here to give you some tips on how to handle the overall transition.

STEP 1: EVALUATE THE OFFER

Looking over an offer

If you’re considering relocating for a job, you’ve likely already received an offer. In that case, you’ll need to break it down to discover if it’s the right move for you. There are a lot of factors at play here, so be sure to ask yourself a lot of questions.

  • Is this a stable job?
  • Is this your dream job or a step to getting there?
  • Are you going to receive a substantial raise?
  • Would you like living in this new city?
  • How will the cost of living affect your pay increase?
  • Will this affect your relationships?
  • Will you be happy?

The priority of these questions will vary depending on your personality and what’s most important to you, but these are a good place to start. A large move like this would affect and determine whether the benefits outweigh the costs.

In some cases, it could be a huge career advancement, with a substantial raise, and the opportunity to move to the city of your dreams, making the decision a no-brainer. But in other cases, it could be a more complicated decision that requires some critical thinking. Take your time, and be sure that you make the best decision for yourself.

STEP 2: NEGOTIATE YOUR RELOCATION PACKAGE

Negociation

If you’ve decided to explore this new opportunity, the next step is to negotiate your job relocation package to make sure you have what you need to make the move. Many companies will be happy to assist their employees with relocation, especially when they are in a competitive industry. Packages will vary on what is covered, and even how it is paid for, so it’s important to educate yourself on the terminology.

Payment Plans

There are essentially four different ways that your employer can financially assist with your move. They can either provide you with a lump sum, offer reimbursement, take a direct bill, or send your through a 3rd party relocation service.

  • Lump Sum – Your employer provides you a set amount of money to aid you with relocation costs, allowing you to make your own arrangements. With this option, you could be frugal and end up pocketing the spare change.
  • Reimbursement – Your employer offers to reimburse you for relocation costs up to a certain amount. You’ll need to pay for your services yourself, but you’ll be able to be reimbursed for it later.
  • Direct Bill – You can set up your relocation services and bill them all directly to your employer. This could either cover all or specific amount of costs, but it does allow you to move without having to put everything on your own credit card.
  • 3rd Party Service – Some employers will contract a 3rd party service that is capable of handling all of your relocation needs. This usually involves management and coordination, so it can be really helpful in getting your move done without any additional stress.

Other Benefits

Aside from the actual costs of moving your belongings to a new city, there are other benefits that can be provided in a relocation package. You may want to ask about moving coordination, self storage options, booking a pre-move visit to check out the city, or even spousal employment assistance. Fight for what you deserve, and explain what you need in order to make the transition as hassle-free as possible.

HOW TO MAKE THE MOVING PROCESS LESS STRESSFUL

STEP 3: FIND A NEW HOME

Online Research

It’s never easy finding a new home, even when you’re searching in the city you already live in—let alone a city that is over 500 miles away. Once you’ve accepted the offer and have received some assistance with your relocation, it’s time to start looking for a new place to call home.

Do Your Research

When searching for a new home in a city you’re unfamiliar with, you’ll have to do more research than normal in order to find the right neighborhood for you. Search for popular attractions, areas of town, your new office, and other things you may want to live near and go from there. Some things to keep an eye out for, depending on your situation, include:

  • Neighborhood demographic
  • Nearby attractions
  • Parks or trails
  • Crime rate
  • Highway access
  • Schools
  • Cost per square foot
  • Walking score

Of course, everybody looks for different things in a neighborhood and their home, so there may be some other factors you’ll consider when you perform your search. Just be sure to take the time to familiarize yourself with the major areas of town so you know how close-by everything will be in your new home.

STEP 4: PACK UP AND MOVE OUT

Moving

With everything all set up to make the move, including a new home waiting for you in your brand new city, it’s time to pack up all of your belongings and get the show on the road. Packing is an arduous process, and sometimes you can’t shake the feeling that you’re forgetting something important. Here are some general tips for packing, to ensure that you don’t forget some of your most important belongings:

  • Pack your valuables — like jewelry, family heirlooms, or priceless belongings — first and foremost.
  • Always make sure you’re bringing all of your important documents and paperwork.
  • When you’re packing your clothes, take the opportunity to weed out some items you never wear.
  • Do the same with other belongings when going through storage spaces like closets and attics.
  • Either find a moving company for your furniture and appliances, or consider selling it and buying new furnishings for your new home.
  • Go through your home room by room to check for anything you may have missed initially.

Making the Move

Most people will have to travel separately from their belongings, especially when flying to their new city and having everything else delivered. If that’s the case, make sure you bring along everything you’ll need for a couple of days in your new home. Deliveries don’t always go as expected, so it’s always smart to pack for a few extra days just in case.

WHERE TO PUT YOUR BELONGINGS DURING THE
IN BETWEEN STAGES OF MOVING

STEP 5: EXPLORE YOUR NEW HOME

Out to eat

Hopefully everything goes smoothly during your relocation process, but it seems that moving always finds a way to stress everyone out in one way or another. The best thing you can do when relocating for a job is to enjoy the new scenery along the way, and focus on all of the exciting adventures that await.

As soon as you get to your new home, take some time to get out and explore the city. Go try a new restaurant or take in some of the local entertainment. It’ll help validate your reason for moving and can also melt away any stress that occurred during the moving process. Plus, it’s better than sitting around in an empty house or apartment while you wait for your belongings to arrive.

Have you ever relocated for a job? What are your tips for success? Let us know in the comments!

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Relocating? Use Self Storage While You Find a New Home

Relocating? Use Self Storage While You Find a New Home

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By Vince Mancuso, Storage.com

Storage.com is your number one ally when moving to a new home. We’re here to provide you with useful moving tips and hacks, or additional storage whenever necessary.

Are you relocating before you have a new home lined up?  It’s not uncommon to need a temporary place to store your household goods while you complete the details of a move, including starting a new job, selling your old home, finding a new home, or waiting for a new lease to start.

Self storage is the answer when you find yourself between homes while relocating. Rent a storage unit to store your possessions until you can move into your new home.

man and woman moving items into a truck

How to Plan Storage When Relocating

Once you know your moving date, you can search for a storage facility with a suitable unit and reserve it for your moving date.

Finding a Storage Facility: Rather than calling all over to track down storage facilities where you’re moving, use our website to search for available storage in any location in the U.S. and reserve a unit online in minutes!

Selecting a Move-In Date: It might seem convenient to move in on the weekend when you don’t have work, but it’s also convenient for everyone else. If possible, pick a weekday when the facility will be relatively empty so you won’t be tripping over other tenants.

Helpful Storage Features When Moving

Planning self storage for moving is a matter of finding the right unit size and much more. Look for these key storage features:

moving boxes into a storage unitUnit Size: Are you relocating from an apartment? If so, chances are a 10×15 storage unit will be enough space to hold all of your stuff. Capable of holding the contents of three bedrooms, it can handle furniture, boxes, and any appliances you may be moving. For those relocating from a house, depending on the size, you’ll likely want to find a 10×20 or a 10×30 storage unit. For more information, use our unit size guide to determine how large of a unit you may need.

Flexible Lease: Hopefully your transition won’t last long, and you can find the ideal new home fairly quickly. Look for a storage facility that will give you a flexible, short-term lease on a weekly or monthly basis so that you don’t have to pay for storage longer than you need it.

Drive-Up Access: Does the storage facility you’re looking at have wide-drive aisles so your moving truck or trailer can fit? Does your storage unit have drive-up access for easy loading and unloading? The wide-drive aisles and drive-up access features makes your moving experience all the easier, so be sure to use these storage amenities during your relocation.

Climate Control: If you’re going to be moving to a hot and humid climate in the summer, find a storage facility that offers climate control. This feature maintains moderate temperature and humidity levels in your storage unit. It’s important to protect sensitive items, like wood furniture, electronics, books, and more, that may warp or become damaged during their stay in a muggy and overheated storage unit.

Facility Security: Lastly, and most importantly, find a storage facility with excellent security features so you’ll know your things are safe while in storage. While basic security such as gated access is great, be sure to look for more advanced amenities like video surveillance, onsite management, and alarmed units, especially if you’re unfamiliar with neighborhoods in your new locale.

Moving into a Storage Unit

Just like packing up boxes at home, how you go about packing your storage unit can also save you work and energy later on. Channeling your inner Tetris star, start by placing your largest items—couches, beds, tables, and appliances—toward the back of the unit. You won’t be needing these items while they’re in storage, so it makes sense to keep them out of the way.

At the same time, place the items you may need to get to closer to the door of your unit, like additional clothes or documents you may be storing. If space allows, it will also pay to leave an aisle in the center of your belongings, as it will make it easier access other items that are stored away.

Once all of your things are safely stowed away, you’ve got one less thing to worry about, meaning you can focus your attention on finding your new home! When you do find your new home, your storage unit will have everything ready and waiting to be loaded back up for its final destination. ​

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