Are you preparing to relocate for a job? The job relocation process can feel stressful and even overwhelming, especially if you have a family.
For that reason, it’s important to have a clear idea of what you need to know to make a smooth and stress-free transition. The better prepared you are before you pack up and leave for your new job, the easier it will be for you to settle in once you get there.
Quick Tip: If you aren’t sure which area you want to live in, you should consider renting a temporary place. To take care of your belongings, you can rent a storage unit until you decide exactly where you want to put down roots.
Ask about Job Relocation Assistance
Before you accept a new job, find out if there is any financial assistance available to help you defray your moving expenses. If your current employer is relocating you, then they could provide you with assistance and might even pay for your entire move.
The same is true if a company recruited you for a job. Company policies may vary, but you won’t lose anything by asking. The one exception is if you make a voluntary decision to relocate and seek out employers – but even then, it’s worth asking. If they don’t provide financial assistance, they may still have resources to help you with housing and other issues.
Compare Cost of Living to New Salary
Before you accept a salary for a new job in another city or state, you should find out what the cost of living is, and – most importantly – how it compares to the cost of living where you are now.
Companies often expect employees to make lateral moves at the same salary. However, if you’re moving from a place with a low cost of living to one with a high cost of living, your salary should be increased accordingly. Plus, even if they help with moving costs, a higher salary will go a long way toward helping you make a new life for yourself in a different city.
Learn the Area
Depending on your circumstances, you may be able to visit the geographical area where you’ll be moving before you actually make the transition. If you can’t visit in person, try to get to know the area by researching it on the internet. We have also put together these relocation guides to help you with your move to Texas, Arizona, California or Nevada.
One of the most essential things you need to know is which neighborhoods and districts are the most suitable for you and your family. Some of the things to consider include:
- The quality of neighborhood schools
- The crime rate
- The average housing cost
- Nearby amenities
The more information you have going into your move, the less likely it is that you’ll end up in the wrong area.
Research Licensing and Insurance Requirements
If you are moving to a new state, then you will have to take care of routine housekeeping items such as:
- Registering your car
- Getting an emissions test
- Getting a new driver’s license
- Getting car insurance
- Registering to vote
Many states impose deadlines for some of these things, meaning that you may have to act rather quickly to register your car or risk facing a penalty.
Plan Your Move
Even if your employer doesn’t offer job relocation assistance, the company may still be able to provide you with recommendations for a moving service, a real estate agent, and an insurance agent.
Being armed with a few recommendations – and making some preparatory phone calls before you hit the road – can save you a lot of time and aggravation as you settle into your new home.
As you pack, determine what you will need in your new location and what you may want to put in a storage rental unit. Sports equipment, such as snow ski gear, may not be needed in your new locale, but you will want it when you take vacations. Likewise, if you end up renting instead of buying, you may need to store many of your belongings until you are in a permanent residence.
Job relocation certainly represents many challenges. It requires you to uproot your family, find a new place to live, and adjust to a new job. However, if you take the time to plan and research beforehand – and to ask for help where you can – then you will be sure to have an easy and pleasant transition to your new home.
If your new job is in California, Nevada, Arizona or Texas, there’s a good chance that Storage West is nearby. Give us a call at (877) 252-8105 or click here to find your closest Storage West facility in your new state.