Your job has you relocating across the country, you’ve committed and now you need to plan! Becoming assimilated with your surroundings may be difficult but there are ways to plan for this relocation that make things less complicated. The earlier you can begin to plan out the logistical details of your move, the better. Here are some of the basic components of a comprehensive relocation plan.
If you’ve never planned a long-distance move before, you might be a bit surprised at how fast moving costs can stack up. That’s why establishing a moving budget is one of the first stages of relocation planning. Always ask your employer for about their relocation assistance policy. They may not be able to pick up the entire cost, but every little bit counts.
Build a Social Support Network
Use your friends to network to make new friends in the same way that you would try to network for a job. Use online services to find others in the area that have similar interests or hobbies. Your new company may even offer clubs and interest groups to meet new people. The faster you can build a support network, the more at home you will feel and the happier you will be with your decision to move.
Manage Important Documents
When you move out, you’ll be transplanting your entire life to a new community in the near future. Establish a paperwork file and use it to store medical and dental data, insurance information, birth certificates, and any other important documents you can think of. You can avoid last-minute scrambling and digging through your unpacked boxes when you finally arrive.
Keep To-Do lists for both your departure and arrival locations so that you can be on top of everything. When it comes to moving in general, less is more. Even if you’re in the earliest stages of planning for a move, it’s always a great time to pare down your belongings a bit.
A long-distance move for a career opportunity is exciting and exhausting. A basic moving plan is key to a smooth, successful relocation, especially if your company is willing to help!