Moving for a Job? What to Know Before Relocating

Moving to a new city for a new job can be scary; you never know what to expect when you get there. With some of these tips, your move should go as smoothly as possible and make you feel comfortable with your decision to relocate!

Ask About Relocation Benefits

Like negotiating a job offer, this one might need to be arranged lightly. You don’t want to ask for too much, but then again you are moving for this new position, and that can be costly. What’s the worst that can happen? If you inquire about reimbursement for moving and they say the organization doesn’t do that, then there’s no harm done. With that knowledge, you can move onto the next important step in your moving process.

Research Your New Home

It’s essential to learn as much as you can about the city or town you’re moving to. Some things you may want to know are how long the commute to your new job will be, where the best local shops are, where the grocery stores are, what kind of community it’s like, etc. Even more important questions are about living expenses and the local economy. Maybe you’ve landed a higher paying job, but that may be offset by the new living costs and city expenses.

With this in mind, it could be beneficial to make yourself a budget and stick to it. Moving costs can add up quickly, and depending on where you’re moving, your new city can be even more expensive than the last. It’ll be better to have a clear sense of what you’ll be spending to move.

Build a Network in Your New Hometown

An experienced real estate agent will make all the difference while you’re moving. They will be your person for guidance and expertise in an unfamiliar city. Your ability to rely on them is crucial. Your realtor can provide you with a list of all the best places in town, furthering your own research.

Along with your realtor, it’s also great to meet your neighbors, coworkers, and some people around the new town/city. Networking with coworkers is a great way to get more insight on the company you’re working for and a way to make some new friends after your move.

Make Your Travel Arrangements

Once you know your job start date, it’s important to set a move-in date that’ll allow you to get comfortable in your new space. To do this, you’ll want to book travel arrangements early: flights, cross-country drives, trains, pet travel arrangements, etc. Remember to keep necessary items with you during travel, such as important documents, a change of clothes, valuables, and more.

Traveling can be high stress for some people, so getting these arrangements out of the way as soon as possible is beneficial.

Hire the Right Moving Service

If you’re moving long-distance, make sure to use a reputable, insured moving company. The company you hire should handle these types of moves frequently if they’re going to be carrying all of your possessions. It’s a good idea to get a few quotes from different companies because some may have fees on what you’re moving, boxing and packaging services, as well as storage fees. Make sure to look at the various insurance options from the moving companies and look over any written contracts before signing.