I have yet to meet anyone who enjoys moving! Finding the boxes, going through drawers to decide what you can throw out and then trying to find the coffee pot the first morning in your new home are all stress triggers. Relocation likely means a new job, and for all the hassle of moving, should be viewed as an exciting step toward new experiences!
As with most anything, preparation is key to a successful, low stress relocation. There are several steps you can take to ease the transition to a new place.
1. Research cost of living.
Cost of living (the amount of money you need to for a certain lifestyle in a given place) varies widely across the country and moving to a new location may have an impact on your quality of living. Ensure that you are prepared for the change in your expenses by researching housing, food, transportation and state/local taxes. Several websites offer easy to use cost of living calculators.
2. Ask your employer about relocation services.
Moving expenses add up. Don’t be afraid to ask your employer if there is assistance provided for moving trucks, or hotel expense when house shopping. Be prepared with well researched figures in case you are asked to provide an estimated cost for requested services. Also, recognize that relocation benefits are typically classified as taxable income.
3. Have a cash cushion.
Regardless of whether your employer helps with moving expenses, there will inevitably be additional expenses to prepare for. Rental deposits, storage unit costs and fees for turning on utilities are to be expected. Prepare for these costs by ensuring you have money saved to help with the first few weeks of expenses before the new paycheck comes in.
4. Stay organized.
In the chaos of a move and starting a new job, it can be difficult to keep up with everything. Keep a list convenient of utility turn off/on dates, television provider set up appointments and what day the trash is collected.
5. Ask questions.
Your new coworkers will be an invaluable resource! Moving to new town may require a new dry cleaner, coffee shop, school for your children, salon/barber or sports bar for watching the big games. Ask for recommendations and approach the new facilities with an open mind.
6. Be patient.
The adjustment will take time. Allow the time to look for your permanent residence, find a new church and discover your favorite take-out restaurant. You likely won’t feel like a local within the first week so be patient with the process.
If you’re ready for a change of scenery, check out available positions nationwide at www.AgCareers.com.