Relocating for a job to a new city may be a great opportunity for your career. Whether you got a promotion, another job, an employer moving premises, or you are starting a new career… A decision to move for a job will also bring the opportunity for a fresh start. It can also bring a better living standard for you and your family.
When you are about to move to a new city in order to pursue your career, you are hoping for the best, and you should definitely look at it from the bright side. However, this adventure can seem very exciting and frightening at the same time because it brings challenges along. Such decisions usually come with certain risks and lots of uncertainty you should be prepared for. Here are a few things you should know for smooth job relocation.
Things to do when moving for a job
Check if some of the costs will be covered
If your current employer is moving the company to another city, ask him how the relocation process will be organized. Will your employer cover all or some of the moving costs? Moving on your own can be a very complicated and expensive undertaking, especially if you are moving long distance. Check if your employer will hire a professional moving company to manage each employee’s household move and know exactly what that service includes. If necessary, negotiate with your employers about the specific relocation terms and details. Considering it’s such a big step, for sure they will offer certain relocation benefits, and when they do − don’t be shy to accept.
Take care of your current home
Before you move out and start arranging your new home, decide what you will do with your current property. Depending on your long-term business arrangements you will decide whether to sell or rent your home. The process of selling or renting your home can take a while, so plan in advance to have sufficient time for all the procedures, including paperwork and picking the right real estate agent to list your home. In case you are paying rent, you should also take care of it as soon as possible, because making arrangements with your landlord and terminating the contract can take some time.
Get acquainted with a new living standard
Check the real estate market and the local economy in your new city and find a favorable location. Although you are promised a higher salary it won’t mean much if the new city has a high standard of living, so you should know how it will affect your budget. Adjust your finances to the living standards and general situation and make sure your new salary will cover more than the rental cost and utility bills.
Find the most suitable location
Bear in mind that your lifestyle will be determined by the local economy and standard. If you are moving from a small city to a larger one, you shouldn’t disregard very important questions like transportation and how you will get to work. In order to improve the quality of your life, you should find a well-positioned residence that allows easy access to the most important local venues. You want to make sure that it’s easy to reach grocery stores, supermarkets, parks, bus stations, schools, playgrounds, etc. Finding the most suitable location takes time and effort. However, it pays off in the long run, so take your time and don’t rush this decision.
Consider renting while searching for a perfect home
It might take some time to find a suitable place for you and your family. In the meantime, you can opt for some kind of temporary housing. This will give you time to get to know your new city/neighborhood and to inspect the real estate market. For instance, you can choose a place that’s close to your work to make it easier on yourself until you get used to new surroundings. Also, don’t forget to find a proper storage facility to keep your belongings safe while you are looking for the perfect residence.
Keep open communication with family members
If moving with your family, make sure each family member will benefit from your decision. Talk with your family openly in order to see if each family member is supporting the idea. Everyone should have realistic expectations and should also know the exact pros and cons of the move and how it will change their lives. Moving to a new home and facing uncertainty can be really frustrating for everyone involved. Make sure everyone is comfortable with the moving decision and that you are all on the same page regarding this matter. Keeping open communication is the safest way to keep everyone happy and well prepared for relocation.
The idea of moving to a new city and experiencing something new is always an exciting adventure that brings all sorts of joy. However, there are a lot of things you are leaving behind. Your family home, friends, job, city, or neighborhood that you like. Make sure to stay connected to the people you love after you move. With modern technologies, it should be quite easy and you will know that you can see your friends and family anytime, at least via video call.
Keep all receipts
Keep all moving-related receipts in order to get a tax deduction for all additional expenses you incurred. Check with your new employer as your company may be willing to reimburse you and cover the majority of incurred moving-related expenses.
Don’t be afraid to negotiate
When you are considering the idea of moving for a job, you should take several factors into account other than the business offer itself. Negotiate with your employer in order to get some benefits and professional assistance during the relocation process.
Hopefully, our guide helps you prepare and minimize stress when moving for a job. If you need an ally during relocation, Dumbo Moving and Storage is here for you. Contact us today to get a free moving quote.