Moving across the country for work can cause major upheaval in your life and those of your family members. Following a few common-sense tips can ease the transition as you prepare to leave behind your neighborhood and friends.
1. Handle Housing Concerns
Tackle this first to reduce stress on both ends of the move. Decide what you are going to do with your current housing. If you own, can you realistically plan to sell it before your scheduled move? If not, you might want to consider hiring a real estate or property management company to rent it out. If you are currently renting, find out if you can cancel your lease or sublet the unit once you move.
You will also need to find housing in your destination. Short term rentals are a good option if you are completely unfamiliar with where you are going. However, it will mean moving again in a few months. If you have a realtor or agent that you trust, ask for suggestions about areas that might be a good fit for your lifestyle.
2. Find a Mover You Trust
Whoever you choose to move your belongings will be hauling them across the country for you. Look for a long-distance moving company that offers a variety of services like packing and storage in addition to just transportation. This can help you get more done in less time and, if you do use a short term rental, you can choose to have some items placed directly in storage until you get settled in.
3. Take Time To Explore
If at all possible, head to your new destination about a week before you need to start back at work. This can give you a chance to really explore the area, find local attractions and services, and meet some new people. The local Chamber of Commerce is a great resource to find out what is available and happening nearby.