So you need to relocate. Maybe you’ve been in this situation before, or maybe it’s the first time you’ve gone through a relocation. Nevertheless, the following 6 tips should help you with a smooth relocation process:
1. Be Organized
Whether you move down the street or to another country things get a little jumbled up. You need to make sure you have quick access to important documents if you’re planning on leasing, living in short-term housing, or purchasing a new home when you get to your new destination. Make sure you have quick access to billing statements, social security cards, bank statements, addresses and phone numbers; the list goes on and on.
2. Benefit Package
Know your package, negotiate your package, take full advantage of your package. This needs to be done first and foremost when you take a job (or before). You can often get moving expenses, closing costs, housing and other items paid in full. They want you as an employee and will pay these items for other employees. You might as well ask for it!
3. Google It!
There is so much you can learn about an area by doing some digging. Just take the time to do some research on your new area, just like you did on your new employer. This will really make you feel more comfortable in your new city.
4. Area Tours
Area tours are a good way to get to know a large area or city quickly. Wait to see homes and just drive around or, better yet, ask your Agent to help you out. They know these areas like the back of their hands and can show you many wonderful places so you can really get a feel for the land. These can also be negotiated into your benefit package and can be done prior to your actual move.
5. Short-Term Housing
Most areas and/or companies have short-term housing facilities readily available. Take advantage of these when you first move so you have enough time to find a more permanent location. Hint: Often you can negotiate this into your benefit package!
6. Home Search
I could go on for days on this subject, but there are a few tricks to get you started when relocating. Start your search before you move and don’t do it alone.
1. Find a good Real Estate Agent before you move and start your search with them. They can do the leg work a lot easier than you can. They will also have some helpful tips appropriate for their city. Real estate is local so have someone you can trust who knows the area and that area’s lingo!
2. When you have a good Agent in place, show them your current home. The Agent can learn so much from seeing where you live and how you live now. This takes the element of surprise out of the equation for your Agent and helps them get to know what you’re looking for. I know your house is a mess from moving, but trust me this will make everyone’s life easier once you get to your new destination.
We hope these tips help you with your Relocation. If you have any more questions you would like answered, send us a message. We would be happy to post more helpful hints if you need them! Good Luck!