By Logan Livers, Storage.com
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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
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
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.
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.
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.
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STEP 3: FIND A NEW HOME
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
- 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
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.
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STEP 5: EXPLORE YOUR NEW HOME
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!