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Relocation: Helpful tips for employees

Moving is difficult, especially if you're relocating for work. When you're first asked to make the transition, you may not know what you need to prepare for your move. This can create a lot of stress, so to avoid some of this tension, here are some helpful tips for getting started on your move:

Note your start date

As soon as you find out what day you'll be starting in your new office, mark it on all of your calendars. You'll need this reference for completing other important tasks in a timely manner. Depending on how long you have to make the transition, you can start ticking things off your moving checklist as early as two months out.

Ask important questions

It's easy to feel overwhelmed after you're told you need to relocate. However, after the dust settles, ask your employer a few key questions, such as:

  • Will I be reimbursed for the move?
  • Will the company be providing movers?
  • Will there be a salary increase?

Each of these questions is important. You'll want to ask about reimbursement because moving can be expensive. Most businesses will offer some sort of relocation package, and if yours doesn't, you should try to negotiate it.

Some companies will arrange to have movers come out to your home, which will save you time trying to find one for yourself. See what your employers are willing to provide by asking about this service.

Depending on the city your office is relocating to, you may actually need a salary increase. If the cost of living is a lot higher at the new location, you may not be able to afford living there with your current wages. Discuss this with your employer to get the best deal possible.

Man packing his office supplies into a box.Relocation can be confusing, so make sure you ask your employer plenty of questions so you can get a fair deal.

Determine the length of your relocation

Not all relocations are permanent. Some require employees to work at another location for weeks or months instead of making a lasting move. Knowing how long you'll be expected to live in the new area is important so you can make plans with your family. In some cases, your office may also compensate you for your living expenses so you don't have to pay for two locations at once.

Decide where you'll live

Will an apartment meet your needs or should you look for a new house? Decide which living situation is best for you before you start looking for a new place in which to live. However, make sure you don't rush anything. If you want to move into a house, but don't have a lot of time to find something that's available, then rent for a little while. Apartments offer a variety of lease agreements, so you could get one for three months instead of a whole year. This will give you time to find a house, file the necessary paperwork and move in without extra stress. During this time, you could also keep extra items in a storage facility if you needed to.

If you start off your relocation with these useful tips, your move will be a lot smoother and less stressful.

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