Moving can be an exciting time for you and or your family but it can also present some life-altering challenges, especially when having to completely relocate your belongings to entirely new city, state, or even a new country.
Below are some helpful tips that can help with the relocation process:
If you’re moving to an entirely new city or state, you may encounter a time period in between your current home and new home. If you’re purchasing a new home, and selling your current home, factoring in escrow time between both locations calls for some carefully coordination. If the timing is in your favor, you’ll only have to move from one location to another within the ideal time frame for your life in the new location to begin.
However sometimes the timing for starting a new job, or maybe even the kids starting at a new school, needs to happen prior to your being able find a new more permanent home, which can complicate the relocation process. If the time frame between moving out of your old home and into your new one is less than 30 days, a hotel or local vacation rental may be some good routes to consider. On the other hand if you’re going to be without a place for a month or longer, Temporary Housing is your best bet and there are several options to consider:
This can be a great option, especially if the company you work for provides it. Often times these homes come completely furnished, with items such as linens, towels, necessary kitchen and household appliances etc.
Securing a Lease or Rental
Renting/Leasing a home, condo or apartment is a great way to go if you’re in between living situations. Twelve to six month leases offer a good short-term solution allowing you some time to get acquainted with your new locale and decide which neighborhoods you find most desirable for your lifestyle before making a more permanent housing decision. Just remember to read through your lease agreement carefully to make sure you have a solid understanding of your rights, and responsibilities. If time allows, have a lawyer take a look at the lease during the initial negotiation process.
The moving checklist can be overwhelming. Timing between jobs and budget are two major factors when it comes to the decision between hiring a moving company, or renting a truck and doing it yourself.
Hiring a Moving Company
This is a great option as packing, transporting, and unpacking your belongings (for the most part) can be taken care of for you. If you’re in a time-crunch, this is often the best and sometimes only option. Check to see if the company you work for offers any sort of reimbursement for this to help cover the costs.
Also, do your research when looking to hire a moving company! Obtain valid references, read online reviews, and make sure to read through their contract/agreement beforehand.
Sometimes there are a la carte options with moving companies to save money – such as packing items in boxes yourself, then letting the movers load the truck with the boxes for transport only.
Moving yourself has a lot of benefits if you’re looking to save money (sometimes a lot!) and overall prefer to assume responsibility and organization for the transport of your own belongings.
Moving Your Pets
Our pets are part of the family too! It’s a good idea to take some precautionary steps to ensure their safety and comfort for the move as well:
● Make an appointment with your vet to ensure good health and discuss the upcoming move with your vet. They may be able to provide some solutions to make it more comfortable. Also make sure to obtain all pet records to take to your new vet.
● Do some online research to choose a reputable prospective vet in your new location.
● If you’re pet(s) will be flying the friendly skies, make sure to check into flight bookings way in advance! At least four weeks for domestic moves, and six to eight weeks prior to international. If you are moving overseas, pet immunizations must be up to date at least 30 days prior to relocation.
● If your pet requires a kennel make sure it allows your pet room to stand up, lie down, and turn around comfortably.
● And last but certainly not least, make sure you’ve secured some form of identification to your pet’s collar. Micro chipping is another smart choice to ensure you can find your pet if they get lost.
If you’re in a dual income household and only one has secured a job in the new location, the other will no doubt be searching for a new opportunity. Here are some resourceful tips:
● Search online databases such as Craigslist.com or LinkedIn.com.
● Hire a local or online recruiting agency, or even a temp agency.
● If your spouse has been secured a position with a solid company, check with their human resources department as some offer what’s called “trailing spouse assistance”.
Contact the Chamber of Commerce and or the local Employment Development Services.