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How to navigate a career-related relocation


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If you are not happy with your current job or are unemployed, you may want to look for something new elsewhere. Perhaps such a career change entails moving to a different city or state. Whatever decision you make, it may be necessary to have a relocation plan. Read on for tips to help make your relocation journey a success.


Getting Started

The first step: Find your dream job in the city or state where you want to relocate. Then, look for a home that is suitable for your family. Make sure that it is close to your new job, schools, and other amenities. Next, pack your items into boxes and containers and work with transportation services and moving companies, as necessary. Avoid moving scams

Allocate more than enough money to pay for moving expenses and housing costs, such as your first and last months' rent for an apartment or a downpayment on a new house or condo. Consider negotiating for relocation benefits from your new employer to drastically lower the costs that you will incur.

When planning your move, consider the needs of your spouse, children, and pets. For example, your spouse or significant other may need to land a job in the same city before you relocate. Your children may want to complete their current school year before moving, and your pets may benefit from a local kennel while you get your new home established. 

Next, draft your moving plan. List to-do items, including things to remember during the relocation process. This list will help you get organized and keep you from missing deadlines. Also, photograph or videotape your valuables and furnishings and make an inventory of the items that you will be moving and their value in case these items are lost or damaged during transit.


Make Repairs

You’ll want to fix any nagging issues with your current home before trying to sell it. If the roof needs work, search online for the "best roofing company near me" to find local professionals who can help. Read reviews and ask for friends' referrals before making a decision.


Buy the Necessary Moving Materials

You will need boxes, ropes, tapes, and other materials for packaging the items to be moved. Start by estimating the number of boxes, ropes, and tapes you will need. Check and ensure that any free boxes that you find are not wet and that they have not been used to carry frozen foods (which could weaken them). Buying clean, quality boxes from your nearest store could make your work easier. Also, buy bubble wrap and packing paper. 


Find Your New Home

You will need to find an apartment or home in your new city. Renting is usually easier and will require less money upfront compared to buying. You can find rental property listings online with your desired amenities in your price range. Narrow down your search by viewing 3D tours that are included in some listings. If you’re searching for a house to purchase, use an online estimator like on Zillow or Realtor.com to get a fast, reliable estimate of a given property’s total cost. Such sites will also give you recent nearby home sale prices so that you can make an educated offer for a home. Though it’s no substitute for an appraisal, such real estate sites are a good place to start.


Take Care Of Family Members And Occupants

Ensure the needs of the family members are addressed during every stage of your move. Pack their necessities, including electronic gadgets in boxes that can be easily accessed. Have special containers for transporting pets. If you are moving with elderly parents, organize transport based on their health requirements.


Starting a New Business

If you’re starting a new business once you arrive at your new location, choose a business structure. If you decide to go with an LLC, or limited liability company, you’ll receive certain tax benefits and legal protections. To save yourself some hassle (especially when you’re already dealing with a stressful move), turn to an online formation service that can take care of LLC formation for you or work with a reputable attorney specializing in business formation.


Possible Negative Outcomes

You are likely to encounter relocation challenges. Items will break or disappear. Prices will be higher than anticipated. Family members may have a hard time adjusting to the new city or their new job or school. So, anticipate problems and put in place a fallback plan to mitigate any negative outcomes. And, remember to take time to rest and enjoy your new locale. 


Final Thoughts

Moving can be stressful under the best of circumstances, but it also signals the start of an exciting new chapter of your life. To minimize stress, create and stick to a plan, but be flexible, as needed.

Guest post by Sheila Johnson. Thanks, Sheila! -- Kathy Bernard of WiserU.

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