Whether you’re moving to start a new job or being relocated by the company that you currently work for, going through a job relocation process can add some unwanted stress to your life. Uprooting from your current location can be a scary decision to make and a daunting task.
Luckily, there are plenty of ways to limit the stress created by your relocation process. Tips such as using apps to help you stay organized, researching the area before you move there, or inquiring about relocation assistance from your employer. Even sticking to the budget you created will help make your job relocation process as stress-free as possible.
The very beginning of the job relocation process should include getting everything organized. The more structured you are, the smoother the moving process will be. There are plenty of strategies that can be used to help keep your move as organized as possible.
Using labels or color coordination while packing will allow you to know what is where without having to dig through everything you have already packed. Taking time to do this will also help speed up the unpacking when you start moving into your new home. Also, going room by room when packing your home will make for an easier transition to your new house when you get there. Doing this will aid in the unpacking process and will decrease the clutter of boxes in one area of your new home when you first get there.
There are plenty of useful apps that you can utilize to help organize your move as well. These tools will help you with everything from note-taking to helping you find a credible moving company with quality reviews. Taking advantage of these resources that are free to use can help alleviate some of the stress that comes with organizing a move.
Familiarize Yourself with the Area
If you are relocating somewhere that you have never been to before, take some time to familiarize yourself with the area before moving there. Learning about and researching your soon-to-be new area will help limit any surprises that could come about upon arriving.
If you’re able to take a visit beforehand, do so to check out the area. This way you can explore the neighborhoods and get a lay of the land before you arrive. If possible and appropriate, try visiting your place of work to see the office and meet some co-workers as well.
Even though you may be moving because of work, it’s important to also consider your work-life balance when moving. Find some restaurants to enjoy and potentially partake in some hobbies you like. Try discovering new hobbies to make yourself feel more at home within your new community. Whether that’s finding a nearby preserve or park to ride a bike, a gym that offers workout classes, or even a museum that you may find interesting, finding ways to enjoy your new area will help you become more comfortable in your new home.
Discuss Relocation Packages with Your Employer
Moving is an expensive process, but many employers offer some sort of relocation package. If you are lucky enough to work for a company that offers such a package, take full advantage of it. Otherwise, it would certainly be worth your time to discuss and negotiate a relocation assistance package with your employer. If you’re interviewing for a position that would require relocation, it may be worth asking about during your interview process.
Look for things such as travel reimbursements, temporary housing, and assistance finding and paying for a moving company to be included in a relocation package. Not all job relocation assistance packages are created equal, but many companies understand that you are moving for them, so they will do what they can to try and reduce your stress levels due to relocating.
Knowing the specifics of what you will receive assistance for from your employer will not only lessen stress but will also minimize the strain on your bank account throughout the moving process.
Create a Budget
Once you know the specifics of what financial assistance your employer is going to provide, the next step is to create your personal budget for the move, including buying or renting a home. Whatever your company does not include in their relocation package should be included as a part of your budget.
There’s more than just the cost of your new home that you should account for in your total moving budget. Other things to consider when creating your budget are packing supplies or cleaning your current house. Think about utilities for your new home or any items that you may lose or damage. Don’t forget about the potential cost of a storage unit and a moving company (if your employer doesn’t provide one.)
It’s important to figure out how much house you can afford if you’re going to purchase a new home. It’s equally important to work this out if you will be renting instead. This will prevent you from falling in love with any properties that may fall out of your price range. This also speeds up your house searching process and allows you to search for houses solely in your price range.
Moving can be stressful! There are plenty of ways you can combat that pressure if you take the time to use them. Utilizing different strategies to get and stay organized throughout the process will help smooth out the process. Taking time to research the area before moving and creating a budget will also help alleviate some of the stress that comes along with moving.
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