Whether you are forced to do it, or you are doing it on your own, relocating for a new job is fraught with a lot of stress. But you have to do it in order to improve your career.
No matter what it takes, you really need to make this move. In order to do that, you have to face your first task – transferring all your belongings to your new home. This is rather easy if you are still single. However, this task will be quite formidable if you have to take the whole family with you.
But don’t despair. A lot of moving experts have already found hundreds of ways by which you can accomplish this task without losing your mind (figuratively speaking). Here are just some of these ways by which you can move everybody and everything without ruffling too much of your feathers.
1. Ask the company for relocation benefits.
If you were ‘pirated’ by the company, and they got you for a job elsewhere, you are in a position to request for relocation expenses. In fact, this is one of the ‘come-ons’ of companies which are always head-hunting.
Most of these companies already have relations with movers so it will not be difficult for them to arrange your transfer from one place to another, especially if you are being sought after by a globally competitive company.
2. Stay focused
Most moving problems stem from being too eager to do many things at the same time. Having a scattered mind is a fruitful field for planting a lot of stressful thoughts and emotions. So keep focused and do one thing at a time. It will help you relax and complete the task faster.
3. Organize everything
In combination with tip number 2, if you will organize the stuff that you want to move, you will be able to avoid a lot of stress and get the job done faster. In addition, by organizing all the stuff that you have, you will be able to see the things that you won’t need in your new home, and the things that still have value where ever you are going.
4. Acquaint yourself with your new home and environment.
If possible, speak to the residents in the area, and ask them about the general condition of the place and related stuff. Go to the commercial and entertainment hubs to see what is available in the area.
By doing this, you will know in advance if you will be able to live happily (ever after) in that place, or if you need to request your employer for a more suitable location for your lifestyle.
5. Choose the best moving service that you can afford.
The need to shop around for the best mover, with the best equipment and the best people to do the job is very important. You are entrusting your precious cargo to these people, so you need to be sure that they will do it carefully. Incidentally, you might want to check Lowes for your moving needs.
Insist on insurance coverage for all your stuff just in case something happens. It is easy for truckers to escape their responsibilities if there are no liens on their service. There may be additional insurance charges but this is for your safety.
6. Avoid long term commitments
Since you are only relocating because of the new job, it would be impractical for you to commit to a long term lease or rental contract of a house or apartment. You don’t really know how it is to actually live in that place precisely because it is your first time there.
In other words, you have to ‘taste the water’ first. If the water tastes good, then it’s time for you to commit for the long term. The longest time you need to commit yourself is from 6 to 12 months and no more.
Ted Stimpson, the president and CEO of MyMove.com says “Some companies offer apartments or condos for a fixed length of time to allow relocating employees to familiarize themselves with their new surroundings and make an informed housing decision.” Why not explore this idea?
7. Know the cost of living in your new location.
You earn your income from your employment. Naturally, you don’t want to spend all of your income just your food and your housing needs. Therefore, before you accept the job, determine exactly what you need to spend in your new location in order to live a comfortable life and still be able to save enough money.