Congratulations, you just got a new job that requires you to move to a new city. As if starting a new job wasn’t stressful enough. Needing to move is guaranteed to add to the stress. However, it doesn’t have to be too stressful. Below, we will be going over a thorough moving checklist to implement prior to your move to minimize the stress of your entire move.
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- Home Research
Firstly, you want to get familiar with the new city that you are going to be working in. Figure out some of the best and most viable areas to consider living in. You want to do thorough research on your available options to find the best possible areas to consider. You want to use all of the resources that you have available to you to really identify and select the areas that fit your respective moving criteria. Not only should you be factoring in your income along with the cost of living, but you want to look at school zoning, safety, and a lot more when you are looking to select the right place to move your family.
- Relocation Assistance
If you are going to be moving for a new job or opportunity, it is a good idea to ask whether or not the company is willing and able to provide any sort of relocation assistance. This can range from complete assistance to partial. You want to figure out how much it is going to end up costing you to make the move and figure out whether or not you can get any or all of the additional cost covered by your new employer. Depending on your perceived or actual value to your new employer, you might be able to get a majority of the relocation costs covered by your new employer. This alone can alleviate a lot of the financial stress that comes with making a move for a new job.
- Hire A Reputable Moving Service
One of the very best things that you can do to eliminate a lot of the stress associated with moving for a new job would be to hire a reputable moving service. By hiring a reputable moving service, you will be able to completely alleviate a lot of the stress associated with making a move because they can take a lot of the tedious moving tasks off of your hands and help you ensure that you are able to have a successful move whether close in proximity or cross-country. Depending on what you are planning on moving and how much you are going to be moving, you want to find the right moving company to hire. Some of the biggest factors that you want to consider are the reputation of the moving company and whether or not they are fully licensed and insured. If you are going to be moving a lot of valuables and breakables, you are likely going to place a high value on the company offering adequate insurance for the move. Another thing that you should be considering is whether you are going to be opting for packing services and/or storage services.
- Make The Appropriate Travel Arrangements
Once you have decided on the move and once you have hired a reputable moving company, you will need to make the appropriate travel arrangements. If you have either pets or children, you are going to want to be sure that you have made the necessary arrangements for them to facilitate the move. You will want to try to accommodate them as best possible during the actual moving day in order to minimize the added stress that can come along with moving with them.
- Change Your Address
You want to be sure that you receive all of your important bills and documents at your new address. For this reason, you should file for a change of address prior to making your move. By doing this, you will be able to minimize the instances of missing an important bill or document due to receiving it at the wrong address. A good way to give yourself some time if you do not complete a full change of address in time is to get your mail forwarded to the new address until you are able to file for the change of address. You can do this either at your local Post Office or conveniently online at us-mailing-change-of-address.com.
- Getting Rid Of Furniture You Aren’t Taking
If you are going to be leaving various pieces of furniture or appliances behind, you will want to consider donating them or getting people to take them off of your hands. You should do this prior to making your complete move to avoid having to do these things last minute.
- Pack An Overnight Bag
One of the best things that you can do to limit the stress on a moving day is to pack an overnight bag for each member of your family. By doing this, you are going to be able to have all of the essentials in one easy to transport location which can really cut down on the stress of having to look for things as soon as you arrive at your new spot. By having an overnight bag(s) full of everyone’s essentials, you will be ready and able to go to sleep when you arrive instead of running around looking through your moving boxes trying to find everything you need.
- Label Everything
A great way to ensure that your move and unpacking goes smoothly is by labeling everything. By labeling the boxes that you pack, you should be able to make it much easier to know exactly where everything should be left during the move and you will be able to know exactly where something is when you are looking for it.
By following the tips above, you should be able to successfully relocate for a new job with minimal stress whether it’s alone or with your entire family. You want to include everything above in your moving checklist to really ensure that you are able to enjoy a much less stressful move.