~by Emma Sturgis~
A career change can bring with it a mixture of excitement, anxiety and incredible potential. If that career change also includes relocating from your current home, then a whole other level of emotions comes into play.
Here are four tips you should consider when relocating for work.
Ask if Your New Employer Will Cover Relocation Costs
There are many expenses, both planned and unplanned, associated with moving. Any financial assistance offered by the new employer can help cover those costs. If your new employer does agree to provide relocation benefits, you should confirm how much will be covered so you can plan accordingly before the big move.
Find the Right Realtor to Sell Your Current Home
Having two mortgage payments and two homes in two different cities can cause an incredible amount of stress at a time when you’re already experiencing a lot of change. It is very important to sell your current home quickly and at the best possible price so you are not carrying any extra pressure on your shoulders. The right realtor will be able to get the most money for you in the least amount of time, thus freeing you up to move on to your new opportunity. Consider using professionals, like those found at Re/Max Alliance – The Diane Stow Team, to help you sell your current home.
Take a Fun Preview Trip to the New City
Getting used to a new place can be difficult for some people, particularly children who have spent most or all of their lives in their current home. Time permitting, you should take your family on a mini vacation to explore their new city. Trying new restaurants and locating the nearest mall, movie theater and grocery store will help prepare the family for the changes ahead and make them feel more comfortable once the big move is over.
Determine What Kind of Move is Right for You
Depending on the amount of furniture and household items you have to take to the new location, you can decide how hands-on you need to be during the moving process. If you don’t have very much stuff and are only moving a couple hundred miles away, then renting your own van or truck may be the most logical and financially feasible way to go. On the other hand, moving a large amount of belongings across the country could require a professional, insured moving company you can trust.
With just a little preparation, you can make your relocation a smooth transition so you can concentrate on enjoying your new career opportunity. Relocating for a new job can be extremely stressful and immensely rewarding. It should be an exciting time where you get ready for new adventures in your life. Use the tips above to decrease the stress surrounding moving.
Emma is a freelance writer based in Boston, MA. When not writing, she enjoys reading and rock climbing. Say “hi” on Twitter @EmmaSturgis2.