You just found out that you’re being relocated by your job,
or maybe you were offered a job that was too good to be true in another state.
Either way, you’ve got a big move ahead of you and there’s a lot to think about
before you even start. Moving far away from home can ultimately be a hugely
positive experience, even if it is a bit of a hectic process.
You can do this, though. Roll up your sleeves, grab a box
and get to it.
There’s Plenty to Consider When Relocating
Your big move is a big deal, don’t think it’s not. You’re
going to need all the help you can get, so before you do anything else, contact
a Realtor with a relocation specialty in the city where you’ll be landing.
You’re going to need someone who knows the lay of the land and can help you
find the kind of home you really need, as well as helping you arrange financing
and ensuring that everything closes on schedule.
Of course, housing is only a small part of a bigger
relocation picture. It’s a stressful time for man and beast alike, but these
seven tips will help you survive the experience:
#1. Have plenty of money available. Of course, you know
you’ll have to pay something for housing and put down a deposit to turn on the
utilities at your new place, but there are often additional expenses that you
might not be thinking about right now. For example, will you need help with
childcare while you’re packing? Is it likely that you’ll need to stop on the
trip to spend the night in a hotel?
Plan for your expenses, then add as much as you can to the
pool. The more money you have to work with, the less you can stress if an
emergency were to occur.
On this same note, be sure to ask your employer how any
moving or signing bonuses will be handled. If you’re counting on that money to
make the move possible, you could be in a sad state if your company waits until
after you’ve started the job to pay this bonus out.
#2. Get everybody on the same page. Moving to a new place
can give the average person plenty of room to let their imagination run wild.
It’s important that you and your family get on the same page with respect to
the details of your move and stay focused on it.
Have a family meeting, or a chat over dinner, and write down
what everybody hopes to get out of the move. Then have a sober discussion about
how many of those things are realistic.
Once all of that is knocked out, draw up a plan and give
everyone a copy of it so there are no misunderstandings. This can be a time
when emotions run high and exhaustion makes people do or say things they might
not otherwise, having a neutral document to refer back to during arguments can
help cooler heads prevail.
#3. Prepare kids for stressors. Even the most hardy of
children is likely to have some kind of serious emotional reaction to moving
from your current home. When they’re old enough to understand that you’re also
moving far, far from their hometown it can get downright ugly.
Your child is going to understandably need to mourn the loss
of their friends and nearby family members. But you can make moving easier for
children of every age by trying to maintain some kind of routine during the
run-up to moving day and maintain it as best you can until everyone is settled
#4. Give yourself twice as much time as you think it’ll take
for pre-moving tasks. If you’re not planning on hiring a mover, or even if
you’re doing your own packing to help the cost of the move, it’s important that
you give yourself plenty of time. Decluttering, especially, can be difficult
when you’re trying to figure out just what will fit on the moving truck.
Depending on how quickly you have to get to your new job, you can get help from
charities with thrift stores by asking them to pick up your used, but clean,
furniture, excess dishes and pans and even fun bric-a-brac to save you trips
back and forth. Plan your time and stick to the plan.
#5. Visit your family doctor one more time. Having a final
visit with your doctor gives you an opportunity to discuss anything that has
been problematic for you, as well as getting your medicine refilled so you’ll
not run out before you find a new PCP. This is a great time to ask about
getting copies of your records, too! Make sure to do the same for your children
#6. Stop by the shop. While you’re getting your own check
up, don’t forget about the vehicle or vehicles that you’re taking with you.
Drop in at your local mechanic, the one you use for everything and trust to do
the job right, and have them inspect and repair anything that looks like it
needs to be addressed. Ask if you need new tires, spark plugs or a tune-up.
There’s nothing as stressful as getting into a car that’s fully packed and full
of kids or pets only to discover that your car has a bunch of symbols on the
dash lit up that were never lit up before.
#7. Keep your eye on the prize. Preparing for a move when
you have to do it all in one go can be amazingly stressful on body and soul,
which is why it’s ultra important that you remember the why of all of it.
You’re moving for a better opportunity, good schools, a chance to use your
degree for once — whatever your reason, it’s yours and it’ll help if you keep
that front and center.