Relocating for a job can mean opening doors to opportunities that you never thought possible. You are not only getting to further your job knowledge, skills and career, but you are also broadening your horizons by immersing yourself and your family in a totally new city with new things to do, new places to see and its very own unique culture and way of life. The last thing you want to do is get to your new job exhausted and overwhelmed; you want to be refreshed and make a good first impression with your new co-workers, boss and perhaps direct reports. Regardless of where you are going, there are steps you can take to assure the transition is smooth.
Planning for Transitional Living Arrangements
One of the first things you do after your have made the decision to relocate is find a place to live. If you have an opportunity to visit the place a few times, before moving, that is ideal, but is not always an option, particularly if the move is abrupt. It is important that you not lock yourself into living arrangements in a city of which you are not familiar. A place may sound like it is a prime location on the internet and then when you arrive, you find that it is next to train tracks, a busy nightclub, an elementary school or on the edge of a desirable district, but moving into less desirable territory. If you are not very familiar with an area or do not have a very trusted friend in the area to guide you, don’t lock yourself into a year lease and even a purchase without first asking around and checking the area out. It may seem like an extra expense or inconvenience to stay in a hotel or with a friend for a few days, but when you consider the potential of being locked into a bad location, a hotel appropriate for your lifestyle will be your best option. Some employers may even pay for this, so ask.
Finding a place to call home
While you may not want to get locked into a location without checking the place out first, you also do not want to get there and have no idea where you will be living longer term, especially if you are moving with a family. So, don’t wait until you arrive to start checking out apartments. You can find out a lot online. Consider the amenities that are important to you, the locations you would like to live and the price point you are looking for and then make a list of possibilities. You can even schedule showings around your new work schedule. This way, when you arrive, you are ready to narrow your choices down and get out of that hotel and into a home as quickly as possible.
Plan to arrive at least 3 days before work
This is a big transition, so you do not want to be hopping off your plane, hailing a taxi and getting to work jetlagged and tired. Whenever possible, allow a few days in between, during which you can start your home search and learn your way around.
Research the traffic patterns and know your route
The last thing you want to do is arrive to work late on your first day at a new company or location, so, whether you are taking a train, cab, driving or walking make sure you research the length of time it will take to get from your transitional living location to work. Identify the route you will take to work and at least one alternate route so that you can stay cool and calm and ready for anything. Remember that rule of thumb; those who leave on time always arrive late. Plan to give yourself an extra 15-20 minutes (30+ in some areas) on your first day for a stress free morning.
Hiring Movers: It’s worth it.
Moving possessions from one place to another has to be one of the top most, if not the most, hated things to do anywhere. There is a reason all of our friends disappear when we ask them to help us move. While you may want to box everything yourself, hire experts for the big move and don’t try to save money here. In most cases, it is not worth the time and hassle, especially for a long distance move. Often employers will help with this expense. If you will be staying in a transitional location, there are moving services, which double as storage units so that loading an unloading only happens once, reducing time, cost and chance of damage. They will store your things in a safe, climate controlled location until you are ready for them to unload at your new place, but be careful not to let them pack anything you will need before the unload, because it is very unlikely that you would be able to get to it.
Shipping your Car: It’s worth it.
Our cars are one of the most expensive things we own, for many being second only to the house. When we are moving a long distance, we may just think about gassing up and going, but there are many hidden costs involved in driving long distances that most do not even consider. Know the hidden costs before you consider driving. Reliable car shipping is convenient and affordable and is a great way to have a smooth transition to a new job. You can plan ahead for a standard car shipping service or request express car shipping, both of which can assure that your car arrives when you do right at your door with no worries.
Moving to a new city for a job can be a little scary, but also an adventure. You don’t want your first few days to be too much of an adventure, though. By following these tips, you can assure that you have a smooth transition to a new location. If you would like check into how affordable reliable car shipping can be and how much it can save you, you can contact us.
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