Essential First Time Job Relocation Guide

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 You feel elated to get a job offer after all your hard work, but you also feel daunted by the idea of packing up your life for a first-time job relocation. To maintain your sanity, use a thorough guide that breaks down essential steps that let you work backward from your move date. Keep this timeline handy while assembling your move plan. 

Eight Weeks Before Moving

A couple of months before moving, visit your new city and office. This gives you a good chance to check out your new workspace and explore nearby neighborhoods you may want to move to. Ask if your employer offers relocation packages, which, experts note, could offer lease break coverage if you need to break your current lease before relocating. Also, see if your new co-workers recommend certain areas to live in or neighborhoods to avoid.

While thinking about where to live, consider your commute, school districts, and amenities you like to live close to, such as movie theaters. You may feel more comfortable renting a home rather than buying one. Handy online tools let you compare home prices in desirable neighborhoods to rental prices. For instance, if you’re looking for apartments for rent in Denver, CO, check rental properties online to find listings that match your amenities and have enough bedrooms and bathrooms for your family. Use 3D tours to narrow your options.

Six Weeks Before Moving

Now's the time to research professional movers. You may need to work with a company that specializes in long-distance moves if your new job's thousands of miles away. If your new company offers relocation packages, track moving expenses by keeping copies of credit card statements and receipts for truck rentals, packing supplies, car shipping, and airplane tickets.

Think about whether you may need temporary storage for your move. This is the time to get pricing information and consider how much storage space you need and for how long.

Four Weeks Before

If you need a temporary place to stay once you move, begin your search four weeks before moving day. It's also a good idea to ask if your new company reimburses you for temporary housing while you settle in. If necessary, have your car shipped to your new city at least a month before relocating. Now is also the time to think about whether you may need to add a few items to your wardrobe. For instance, you could arrive in your new city just in time for the winter or summer season. You don't want to be without the right heavy coat for winter or lightweight fabrics for summer.

Two Weeks Before

Prioritize changing your address to forwarding mail to your new place, so you don't risk not getting packages and essential mail. If you don't yet have a permanent place to stay, use a P.O. box. Now's the time to shut off utilities at your old place and set them up in your new city. Don't forget to have essential utilities, such as internet and electricity, turned on before you move.

Day Before

The day before your move, pack an essentials bag, in case you arrive before your moving boxes. Essentials include toiletries, clothing, medications, baby or pet essentials, prescriptions, and shoes. Don't overlook household essentials like toilet paper, paper towels, trash bags, light bulbs, and bed linens.

With the right planning tips and insights, you, your kids, your pets, and your spouse can have a smooth relocation. The right guide takes the stress out of moving and replaces it with peace of mind.

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