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Moving States for Work: How to Make the Process as Smooth as Possible



Relocating to a new state for work is a major upheaval. You will have to pack up your belongings and leave everything you know and love for an uncertain future. What happens if you hate the new job? Are you going to miss your friends and family?

The good news is that taking a job in a different state needn’t be too stressful. For one thing, it’s now easier than ever to stay in touch with family and friends over the internet, and for another, you can prepare well in advance, which should lighten the load.

Have a Timeline

It’s very important that you have a timeline as soon as the move is confirmed. Work backward from the day you start your new position. If you need to sell your home before you move, get started on this as soon as possible. It can take a while to sell a property, so if you can’t afford to hang about, try Googling “selling my house quickly for cash”. Find a reputable company who will offer you a good price. This removes at least one major obstacle from your path.

If you live in a rental, let the landlord know you are moving. Try and negotiate so you can move out when it suits you. If you give the landlord enough notice, he should be amenable.

Check the Cost of Living in the New State

Thecost of living can vary between different states. States like Missouri and Texas are relatively cheap whereas New York, Maine, and California are expensive.

It is important to have a budget in place before you move. Check out how much everyday items will cost, such as food, fuel, and utilities. This should give you an idea of how much disposable income you have when you relocate, which helps you figure out if you’ll be better off. And if you are not, is this the right decision?

Ask for Relocation Assistance

It is perfectly reasonable to ask your employer for relocation assistance. Many larger employers offer this as standard, but if yours doesn’t, contact HR and ask for help. Have an itemized list of your costs, including removals and time off work to handle the move. Don’t be afraid to stand your ground. They want you to make this move, so it is only fair for them to help you out with the costs. 

Find Accommodation

Unless your employer is putting you up in a rental or hotel, you will need somewhere to live when you arrive. It is better to rent than buy when you relocate. Take some time to get to know the area before you start looking for a place to buy. That way you won’t make any hasty decisions you come to regret.

Register for Schools

If you have kids, organize school registrations before you move. That way they won’t suffer any major interruptions to their academic studies.

Try and take a week off when you relocate. You will need time to settle in and find your feet. Good luck!

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