It is not uncommon to get a job across the country and need to relocate from one coast to another. In some cases this move was facilitated by a work promotion, or you made the move up yourself, finding a higher position and salary with a new company. Either way, good for you. But the party does not start yet, because you need to move over 3,000 miles!
Moving can be stressful, exciting, exhausting, and annoying. It really depends on how you look at it, as well as how well equipped you are to handle it. The toughest part about moving for work is that you probably do not have a lot of time.
The new job probably gave you two to three weeks to move and get in-office for your first day. The pressure is on. To help you strategize your work relocation, we came up with the following tips to make it a smooth transition.
1. Employ The Power Of To-Do Lists
Due to the time frame in which you have to move for work, your schedule will fill up fast. You will need to schedule doctor appointments, meet with your current landlord or new realtor (if you have a home), insurance agents, car mechanic, mobile provider, electric company, friends, family, and the list goes on.
To get all this done and stay on track, a to-do list is essential. This can be a digital one via app or Google tasks, or it can be a regular old piece of paper. I would recommend the paper version. It is easier to manage while on the go, and there is nothing better than seeing lines through tasks as you get closer to moving day.
2. Make A Plan For Your Material Stuff
Getting your material stuff, like the sofa, TV, bed, clothes, etc. from Point A to Point B is another big challenge when relocating your life for work. It can get even more challenging if you have larger toys, such as a boat, heavy vehicle or extra car. The good news is that there are multiple ways to get your stuff across the country, or in some cases, stored until a later date.
First, decide what you want to take, or rather what you will need in the first six months in your new city. These items are usually living things like your bed and sofa. However, if your bed and sofa have been with you since college graduation, maybe it’s time to upgrade. In this case, you can sell them online.
Once you decide what you want to take, plan on how to move it. You can rent a Uhaul truck and drive it yourself, or rent a container and have it delivered for you. Either one is good, and it often comes down to money. The remainder of the stuff needs to head to storage.
But instead of taking time out of your already impossible schedule, have someone do it for you using an all-in-one storage company. “Our full storage service provides convenience that is safe and affordable,” Terry Drayton, CEO of Livible.com said. “We deal with storage facilities so you don’t have to.”
3. Know What You Need In Your New City
The focus of your move will most likely be more about where you are moving from rather than where you are moving to. However, don’t forget about the destination all together. There are probably a lot you need to accomplish before relocating to your new city and office move.
For instance, where are you going to stay while apartment or house hunting. To avoid breaking the bank on hotel fees or short-term rentals, look at ways to keep costs down. Airbnb is a good place to start, but you may run into the tourist prices there as well. If it is an off-season in your city, maybe you can score an apartment for one or two months very cheap. Always negotiate!
Next, where are you going to put all that stuff until you move-in somewhere? You may need to rent a storage container in your destination city to ensure nothing gets stolen or moldy due to weather conditions.
Lastly, do not forget about your job. You may need to get reciprocity or certification for certain things for your job before you can start working legally. You may be waiting for your new employer to do this, but don’t count on it. Get it done, if possible, before you move.
The above top tips for relocating to a new city for work are only the tip of the iceberg. There is definitely a lot you will need to do in order to get moved out and moved in. These tips, however, lay the foundation for a smooth transition. Be sure to make those lists and keep you mind on where you are going as well.