So, you’re relocating for a job. One word: EEK! We get it, as relocating is no easy feat but, with a bit of preparation, it can go smoothly. Dare we say, it can even be an adventure. A move might not have been on your radar, but you could find yourself feeling fortunate for this down the line. There are certain tasks you need to get done and get done fast, and we share some of these below. Relocating can be one of the hardest things you’ll ever do, but we can help ease this transition for you.
Sell Your Home in a Jiffy
Selling a house is no easy feat even when you’ve picked out just the right season to sell and have plenty of time to do so. However, in this scenario, it’s likely that neither of these things will be true. Unless you want to be a landlord, though, it must be done. You can make quick repairs, fast fixes like new coats of paint, and hire a talented real estate agent worth his or her salt. If this doesn’t work out, however, there are HomeVestors that can help you sell a house fast. They’ll take your home in any condition, pay you cash, and close in days with no commissions and no hidden fees. They make you an offer and either you accept or you don’t—it’s as simple as that.
Decide Your New Housing Situation
If you’re moving in the blink of an eye, you’re probably going to rent. This is probably a good option in the case of relocating anyway, as you want to make sure the new job and area are good fits for you. If you do have the time and the market is favorable, buying a home and planting roots is a great idea, too. It’s up to you whether you want to go for the “try and buy” or, in this case, “the rent to buy” to make sure this move was a good one. The other benefit of renting first is you that you can get the lay of the land of your new city, and can find out which neighborhoods are best before you plunk down money on a huge investment. Love to spend time outdoors? Search for the neighborhoods with the best hiking and biking trails.
Do Some Sleuthing on Your New Job
Moving for a new job and, even riskier, a new company can be a risky prospect. If you have the time and the means, do some (admittedly amateur) detective work on the new gig. If you have friends or relatives in the department, ask them what the work environment is like. Make sure you are well informed about your actual job offer, calculating whether your salary and benefits are enough to live on in your new area. If you have a chance, fly or drive there and take a look around, introduce yourself to your new co-workers, and get a general feel for the overall vibe. If you’re going to pick up and sell your home for this new opportunity, it’s best to make sure you’re comfortable doing so first. Also, make sure the company and this particular position have a solid future. The last thing you want to have happen is that you make the move and get laid off six months down the line.
Get Your Family Acquainted
If you’re flying solo, more power to you, as relocating is often easier in this scenario. If you’ve got a family in tow, things can be a bit more complicated. Uprooting your spouse and kids can be upsetting, but there are things you can do to ease their transition, too. And unless they are military children, they aren’t probably used to this. Talk with your spouse about what’s most important to him or her. Fly or drive them out as well and let them get to know the area. Perhaps the kids think leaving their friends will be the end of life as they know it, only to realize that they love their new city and see its potential. Giving them a preview of what’s to come is likely going to ease their anxiety. Also, make sure you do your due diligence on where to move that has the best schools and is safe for your family. While they will likely be emotional about this at first, they, too, could ultimately say this was the best thing that could have happened.
Yes, relocating can be one of the hardest life events you’ll ever experience, but it could be a positive life-changer, too. Follow these tips so that you’re prepared and watch your relocation go off without a hitch.