You just discover that you’re being relocated by your work, or maybe you were offered a job that was too good to be true at another state.
Either way, you have got a big transfer ahead of you and there’s a lot to think about before you even start. Moving far away from home can ultimately be a hugely positive experience, even if it is a bit of a hectic procedure.
You can do this, though. Roll up your sleeves, grab a box and get to it.
There’s Lots to Think about When Relocating
Your huge move is a big deal, don’t think that it’s not. You’re going to want all the help you can get, so before you do anything else, contact a Realtor with a relocation specialty in the city where you are going to be landing.
You’re going to need someone who knows the lay of the land and can help you find the kind of home you really need, as well as helping you arrange financing and ensuring that everything closes schedule.
Of course, home is only a small part of a larger relocation picture. It’s a stressful time for man and beast alike, but these seven tips Can Help You survive the experience:
Have lots of money available.
Of course, you know you are going to have to pay something for housing and put down a deposit to turn on the utilities at your new place, but there are often additional expenses that you might not be thinking about at this time. For example, will you require assistance with childcare as you’re packing? Is it possible that you ought to stop on the trip to spend the night at a hotel?
Plan for your expenses, then add as much as you can to the pool. The more money you have to work with, the less you can worry if an emergency were to happen.
On this same note, be sure to ask your employer how any moving or signing bonuses will be handled. If you’re counting on that money to make the move possible, you might be in a sad state if your company waits until after you’ve started the job to pay this bonus out.
Get Everybody on the Same Page
Moving to a new place can provide the average person plenty of room to allow their imagination run rampant. It’s important that you and your family get on the same page with regard to the details of your move and stay focused on it.
Have a family meeting, or a chat over dinner, and write down what everybody expects to get out of the transfer. Then have a sober discussion about just how many of these things are realistic.
Once all of that is pumped out, draw up a plan and give everybody a copy of it so there are no misunderstandings. This can be a time when emotions run high and exhaustion makes individuals do or say things they might not otherwise, having a neutral document to refer back to during arguments can help cooler heads prevail.
Prepare Kids for Stressors
Even the most hardy of kids is very likely to have some kind of serious emotional reaction to moving from your current home. When they’re old enough to understand that you are also moving far, far from their hometown it can get downright ugly.
Your child is likely to understandably need to mourn the loss of their friends and nearby family members. However, you can make moving easier for kids of every age by trying to maintain some sort of routine during the run-up to moving day and maintain it as best you can till everyone is settled .
Give Yourself Twice as Much time as You Think It’ll Take for Pre-moving Tasks.
If you’re not planning on hiring a plumber, or even if you’re doing your own packing to assist the price of the relocation, it’s important that you give yourself plenty of time. Decluttering, especially, can be difficult when you’re trying to figure out just what will fit on the moving truck.
Depending on how quickly you have to get to your new job, you can get assistance from charities with thrift shops by asking them to pick up your used, but clean, furniture, surplus dishes and pans and also fun bric-a-brac to save you trips back and forth. Plan your time and adhere to the plan.
Visit Your Family Doctor One More Time
Having a final visit with your doctor gives you an chance to discuss anything that has been problematic for you, as well as getting your medication refilled so you’ll not run out before you find a new PCP. This is a great time to ask about getting copies of your records, also! Make sure that you do the same for the kids and pets.
Stop by the Store
While you’re getting your check up, don’t forget about the vehicle or vehicles that you are taking with you. Drop in at your local mechanic, the one you use for all and trust to do the work right, and have them inspect and repair anything that resembles it needs to be addressed.
Ask if you need new tires, spark plugs or a tune-up. There’s nothing as stressful as getting into a car that’s fully packed and full of pets or kids only to discover that your car has a lot of symbols on the dash lit up that were not lit up before.
Keep your Eye on the Prize
Preparing for a move whenever you have to do it all in 1 go can be amazingly stressful on body and soul, which is why it’s ultra important that you remember the why of all of it. You’re moving for a better chance, great schools, a chance to use your degree for once — whatever your reason, it’s yours and it is going to be helpful if you keep that front and center.