By Ami Wolfe
It is a real process and a challenge to relocate for a new position. There are many imperative steps to take along the way and you need to cover all your bases. Be sure and research the city, state and county by using all your networks. Your personal and professional networks include family members, friends, coworkers, linkedin and facebook contacts, etc. Do not disregard your dry cleaner, banker, or babysitter. You never know who everyone may know. Be sure and go online to use a salary calculator to estimate your cost of living expenses as well as the state tax structure. This also includes looking into rent estimations, utilities, gas, food expenses, etc. You want to do a complete cost analysis on everything you can think of.
-Be open minded and flexible with employer expectations
-Decide if you are mobile to leave family members such as ailing parents or a any special needs your child may have that are not offered in the new city
-Consider renting current home rather than selling and postpone buying a new home until you are more familiar with locations within the new city
-Budget for deposit on apartment or rental. Have a couple of months expenses and an emergency fund set up
-Go through belongings and downsize, sell, donate have a garage sale to reduce. Be sure to label your boxes so you will know where to locate your possessions.
-Research and go through a reputable large moving company. There are many scams out there and this will avoid any bad experiences. Get a few different quotes as well.
-Research school districts and neighborhoods if you have children. Think about pets as well and the pet deposit requirements.
-Consider commute time, convenience of shopping in relation to where you want to live.
-Stay organized and create a file and timeline for the process. Keep important documents, jewelry and valuables with you at all times.
-Keep in mind the climate when moving. Take old photographs and candles with you as they can be damaged in high heat conditions. Sometimes the truck may sit for a few days in the move process.
-Save all receipts as final travel expenses may be deductable.
-Make sure you are a fit for the new company culture before making such a huge change. Log into social media sites and google the company to find out any information.
-Make a pro and con list to make the right and final decision.
-Prepare yourself for a counter offer from the current employer.