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Tuesday, May 8, 2012

Five Things to Consider When Relocating for a Job

A moving truck operated by Piedmont Moving Sys...
A moving truck operated by Piedmont Moving Systems, an agent for Mayflower Transit based in San Jose, California. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
Moving is one of the most exciting, yet stressful times in your life. Sometimes, you may choose to move because you want a larger home or perhaps you want to live closer to friends and family. However, other times moving is a choice that your company makes for you. 

If you are considering taking a transfer for work, there are many things you must do and think about before you make the final decision. There's so much to do, from changing your address with the post office to finding the best moving companies; think about each of these concerns before you get started with the moving process.

The Place

You want to check out the place you'll be moving in detail. Take time to visit the town and get a feel for it. Is it somewhere you will feel comfortable living with your family? If you have children, check out the options for schooling; the school systems can vary greatly even in the same general area. Another concern is if you are married, will your spouse be able to find employment? Research all of these things before you get started with the moving process.


Moving is expensive. Your company may be covering some moving expenses for you, but will you wind up paying out of pocket for some things? Make a list of every possible expense that may occur, then add in a cushion. Moving is one of the events where Murphy's Law nearly always applies: If something can go wrong, it will.

Transporting Possessions

How will be you get your possessions from your old home to the new? Hiring a moving company is often the easiest option, but can be quite expensive. You may also consider shipping your items, or using a moving van yourself, such as from U-Haul or another company. If you are not moving far, friends and family members may help out with the moving process too.

Home Assistance

Buying and selling a home is stressful. Is your company willing to provide help with this part of the moving process? Many companies have programs in place to make this as easy as possible. If you're a renter, you may have access to certain properties through the company as well. It never hurts to ask for home buying/selling assistance, especially if your company really wants you to relocate.

Cost of Living

One final thing to keep in mind before accepting a relocation package is cost of living. If you are moving from an area with a lower cost of living, you will need a higher income to get by. Don't be fooled into a relocation that costs you money in the long run. Information about cost of living is available online, or a real estate agent may have access to more detailed data.

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