Moving for your career can be a daunting process. Compared with 2020, 2021 saw a 20% increase in Americans relocating for work. This is a handy step-by-step guide from Beta Abstract covering all the bases to ensure your move goes as smoothly as possible.
Before you begin, you should consider potential stumbling blocks, such as:
• Property damage and repairs.
• Missing deadlines (i.e., down payments or booking removal services).
• Neglecting other duties, such as missing work deadlines or social events.
Getting insurance and setting deadlines can help, and you should also consider sending out change of address notifications and packing your essentials last, labeling them with "open first." And, of course, you should tell your friends and family that you're moving.
If you're moving before securing a new position, your first step should be to research opportunities in the area. Using online tools to create a radius of towns to commute from can help with your decision.
If you already have a job, you should reach out to your new manager or colleagues. Ask them about the best neighborhoods, schools, and leisure facilities, so you can begin gathering resources and establishing relationships with your new employer and coworkers.
Spending time in the areas you're interested in will offer valuable insights for you, so take the time to plan a visit. You also ought to think about others who may be moving with you. Use an online resource to help you locate the best schools in the area, and show appropriate facilities nearby for pets. Safety should also be a priority: check out a 2022 guide to the safest cities in America.
Finding the Right Home
Once you've found the right neighborhood, the next step is to look for homes currently on the market. If you're working remotely, you may need to find a property with an office or extra bedroom you can convert into an office. Productivity is important, so you should have a space where your work won't be interrupted.
If your job requires you to track finances, a cloud bookkeeping system can make a move much easier on you. You won’t have to worry about misplacing any information in transition or recovering from a hardware failure. There’s even a mobile app so you can work away from your computer.
Making the Big Move
It feels great once you've finally found a place to live. However, there are extra costs when moving to a new area, including:
• Moves add up to $5,000 or more to move items across long distances in 2022.
• Local moves are substantially cheaper, but cost will depend on factors such as the amount of items being moved and the number of movers.
Setting aside money to offset extra costs is a good practice and can save you the headache. Also, make sure to work with a well-reviewed moving company to make your move a smooth one.
Ready to Relocate?
Make sure you've taken everything in this article into consideration. While it may seem daunting to relocate for the first time, following everything in this guide properly can reduce your stress and streamline the process.
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