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5 Steps for a Stress-Free Move for a New Job
Moving can be a stressful experience, and because you often have a shorter timeline when you are moving to further your career, the process is even more taxing. Staying organized is essential to reduce stress and save you time and money when you relocate to a new city for your career. Use these five steps from the real estate pros at Cyndi Lesinski & Associates to move with minimal hassle.
1. Learn About Relocation Reimbursement
Earth Relocation notes that many companies offer relocation packages to new employees to cover the expenses of moving. Depending upon the company’s budget, relocation reimbursement may pay for travel expenses, housing costs, professional movers, storage fees, and/or household goods and furnishings. Not every business offers this perk, so you should ask about any possible reimbursement for moving expenses immediately after accepting a job offer.
2. Find a Place to Live
You may not have an opportunity to visit your new city to scout for a house or apartment before you move there for work. There are many house and apartment listings available online. Make a list of the amenities you want and look for listings that meet your criteria. You can then decide whether you prefer to buy or rent. Look for a home in the Los Angeles area that has your desired number of bedrooms and square footage in a good school district. Many listings now offer 3D tours that you can view to make your final decision on which home is right for your family.
3. Create a Moving Budget, Including Professional Moving Services
There are many small expenses associated with moving, and you may spend unnecessarily if you don’t set a strict budget. Listing out every possible expense can prepare you financially for the move and help you set a realistic budget. Possible expenses include:
- Fuel for traveling to a new city
- Essential household items
- Startup costs for utilities
- Food to stock your pantry
- Packing supplies
- Temporary housing
You’ll also need to factor in moving professionals who can help you move. You can connect with local movers in your area. Before meeting with a moving company to get a quote and discuss your needs, you can evaluate companies by reading reviews online. If you’re worried about costs, you can also research which moving companies are currently offering deals or credits.
4. Start Making Lists
HGTV points out that making lists can help you stay organized and meet deadlines while preparing for a move. Write down your moving timeline and give each task a hard deadline. Give yourself a few days to research your new city and find great neighborhoods. Allow for at least a week to find a house or an apartment.
Take detailed notes about how to pack the items in each room and which order to box them up. You should also write out every small task you must complete to cross off a major project on your to-do list. Writing lists for every task can help you avoid many pitfalls that could cause stress, such as procrastinating and neglecting certain tasks, failing to meet important deadlines, or forgetting to cancel expensive services or utilities.
One important item to include in your planning is registering your business if you’re self-employed and moving in from another state; it’s important to legally set up your operation before or shortly after making the move. However you run your business, whether it’s a corporation, partnership, or LLC, each state varies in its registration requirements, so check to see what it takes to get up and running as an LLC in California.
5. Pack the Essentials
If your new company is paying for your relocation expenses, you may not be responsible for packing up your belongings. However, it is still a good idea to pack essentials yourself and carry them with you rather than a moving truck so that you don’t have to spend time searching for them once you reach your new home. Pack a few pairs of clothes, bedding, your children’s favorite toys, the coffee maker, and anything else you deem essential so you can start settling into your new home without unpacking first.
Moving to a new city for your career can enrich your life, but it also causes a significant amount of stress. Use these tips – from budgeting to include professional movers to packing the essentials – to make your move cost-efficient and low-stress.
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