Moving to Another State for a New Job

With the employment market as it is, moving to a new state for a new job is sometimes the best option. At the same time, statistics show that moving to a new state can cost more than $10,000 for a person who rents, and more for someone who owns their home. For this reason, you need to go about the process in a way that will save you time and money, and help you avoid problems that you might otherwise be able to avoid. Here are six simple steps that you can follow and adapt to your long distance moving needs so that you can easily relocate for better employment opportunities.

1. Relocation Costs
The first thing you’re going to have to consider is the financial backing behind your move. Sometimes, a prospective or future employer will offer relocation assistance. This may come in the form of up-front cash, or in the form of reimbursement later on. Whichever option your company chooses, be sure that you know what it is so that you can build a moving budget and have the financial backing you need to complete the move.

Be sure to ask your new company about any movers they may work with. This could be a good way to get a discount on services that you need anyways.

2. Finding a New Place
The next step, once you’ve figured out how you are moving, is to find a place to live in your new home. You should spend time researching local rent prices by checking out Craigslist or a similar site. Remember, if you are moving to a more expensive area, you may be forced to downsize, so consider this as you plan your move. If you will be downsizing, you should work to weed out anything you won’t be needing so that your new home is not overly crowded.

3. Packing Up
The next step of your move will involve you packing up your household goods. This is where you decide what gets to come with you to a new home, and what should be sold or donated. Some older, larger items may be more trouble than they are worth to move while some items in your home have a definitively higher sentimental value. Taking the time to choose what is to be packed, and what will be left behind, will save you time in packing and money when it comes time to hand everything over to the moving companies as well.

4. Finding a Mover
Now that your moving process is well on its way towards completion it’s time to hire a moving company that will be able to handle transporting all of the things you’ve decided to ┬ámove to your new home. You should research multiple companies and get at least three different moving quotes before you decide on which company to hire so that you can be sure you are getting a great deal on great moving services. Because of the logistical difficulties, and the prospect of a new job right away, it is not recommended that you move yourself in this situation.

5. Plans to Move the Family
Once you know that your household goods will be in good hands, it’s time to make sure that your family makes it to your new home in one piece as well. If you are going to fly, plan ahead and purchase your tickets as far in advance as possible to save some money. If you are driving, take time to plan out the trip and ensure that you arrive and have time to unpack before you have to start your new job. Consider planning the entire route, including any hotel stops along the way, before moving day ever arrives.

6. Spread the Word
When you know for certain that you will be moving to a new home, you can start letting people know about the change that is coming. First, fill out a change of address form with the Post Office so that your mail will be forwarded to your new home. Then, let your creditors know you are moving as well. Next, have your utility accounts either transferred over or turn them off at your old home and on at your new home. That way, you’ll be sure that you have lights and water on both ends of the move, making things that much easier to prepare for your new job.