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Plan, Plan, Plan: How to Simplify Your Job Relocation
Guest post by Jonathan Deesing, Relocation Expert at iMove.
Moving can breathe new life into your career, but getting from your current location to your new job takes a lot of work. The keys to a successful move are careful planning, smart research, and a positive attitude. Minimize your stress with these tips to simplify the relocation process.
Get to Know Your New Town
You’ll be working in this place and making it your home, so start doing research online to become familiar with the area. Check out the local housing market and read local blogs to get a sense for why people love living there.
If you have the chance to visit before relocating, check out your new office and the surrounding area. Take a stroll and find what could become your favorite coffee shop, market, or gym. Pick up local magazines and newspapers (or start reading them online) to get a feel for your new area’s culture and nightlife.
Pick the Best Neighborhood
Proximity to your new job is important, but there are plenty of other things to consider when looking for the perfect neighborhood. Look up crime statistics to find the safest neighborhoods. If you have children, investigate local schools and options for after-school care. It will be easier to focus on your new role when you know your kids will be in good hands.
Decide if you’d rather live in the suburbs or in the city center. If it’s important to you to be able to walk or bike to work, restaurants, parks, and other amenities, look for easy access and test out the commute or public transportation to make sure your target neighborhood is conveniently located.
Identify Professional Resources
Make sure you have access to the resources you need to excel professionally in your new city. Consider networking options, continuing education offerings, and professional organizations you should join. Start with the local Chamber of Commerce to find business resources.
Before the move, check out LinkedIn for local professional groups in your area and start making connections with others in your industry. These connections can be one of the best ways to find referrals for everything from a great tailor to the best place to hang out after a tough day at the office.
Organize the Move
Research options for moving, including the pros and cons of hiring professional movers versus handling the move yourself. Consider cost, time, and effort: if you have a tight timeline, it can be worth the extra cost to hire out. Your first impression in the new office shouldn’t be one of you frazzled and sleep-deprived from the move.
Depending on your resources and timeline you may also consider using packing services from a moving company as well. Be sure to time everything to arrive when you do to avoid racking up storage charges.
Don’t Forget the Little Things
As you gear up to hit the road, take care of the little details to make your move as painless as possible. You don’t want to be distracted by the minutiae of moving when you’re trying to settle in and dazzle your new boss. Schedule your current utilities, Internet, and television service turned off at your current place and turned on in your new place when you arrive.
Forward your mail to your new address and inform credit cards, banks, and magazines of the change. Other things to consider include transferring prescriptions to a new pharmacy and getting referrals for health care professionals in your new city — including a vet for Fido.
This new phase of your career is exciting and full of promise. When you prepare properly and plan your move, you’ll have more time to enjoy the process and gear up to wow the office on your first day.
Jonathan Deesing is a relocation expert who writes for imove.com. When he’s not popping bubblewrap you can find him playing with puppies or baking cinnamon raisin bread.