Planning the details of a job relocation is an important part of the moving process. It’s easy to get caught in a moving mishap when there are so many things to think about! Whether you’re planning your own personal move, or you’re an employer working out the best relocation plan for your employees, here are a few common moving mistakes to keep in mind.
Damaging furniture and other household items. Asking for help with the moving and packing process is one of the best ways to streamline your move. During a move, it’s extremely important to hire a reputable moving and packing company to avoid damage to items. You’ll save yourself time and heartbreak by choosing trustworthy movers who know how to expertly pack difficult-to-move, heavy, and fragile items.
Neglecting organization and decluttering. Give yourself, or your employee, enough lead time to properly prepare and organize your items whenever possible. It’s no fun, and very stressful, to find yourself packing useless things at the last minute that you had intended to donate. Find an organizational method for packing that works for you, start early, and declutter as you go to make your moving day as stress-free as possible–you might even save a little on packing and moving costs by moving less stuff.
Forgetting about child or pet care. Planning around kids and animals doesn’t have to be difficult, but it’s easy to forget. Realizing this detail has been missed on the day of the move is no fun. It can cost time, worry, and extra stress. Nanny services, pet care, and even pet transport can be arranged with a bit of planning, if you or your employees need extra support.
Not scheduling utilities to be turned on. Moving into a home without electricity in the middle of the summer can be a nightmarish experience. It can be difficult to choose and schedule things like electric, cable, and gas, but they’re all important steps in the process. Make sure you add them to the checklist for you or your employee’s next relocation.
At Gillian Cunningham Realty, we do our best to make relocation simpler. We provide transition and integration services to help with finding a home, nanny and pet care, move management assistance, identifying a great community, and more. Call us today to find out how we can support you or your employees during the relocation process.
(Article by Gillian Cunningham of Gillian Cunningham Realty Group. For more Real Estate Tips, visit www.GillianCunningham.com or AskGillianCunningham on Instagram and Facebook.)
Moving can be an overwhelming experience, but it can also bring new friends, opportunities, and incredible experiences into your life. As you make the decision about whether or not to relocate for your job, here are a few tips to keep in mind.
Consider the cost. Before you decide to relocate, think through your finances. Will your compensation change due to a promotion? Will your cost of living go up or down in the area you’re moving to? Will you lose a partner’s income or increase costs for childcare? These are all important considerations to work through prior to a move.
Get your spouse or partner on board. Before agreeing to a relocation, it’s important to ensure your partner is ready to move. Work through any job or lifestyle changes that you both may encounter and decide together if relocating for your job is the right choice for you.
Find the right community. Do your research to find a great home that matches your needs, and ask for help from a Realtor®. If you love to hike, consider a neighborhood ideal for outdoor adventures. If you’re looking for a great community, browse city, library, and other similar websites to get an idea of how people interact with each other in the area you’re considering. Better yet, plan a visit to tour the community before you move.
Make a plan to integrate. Create an easier transition by making a plan to get to know your new home. Be a tourist in your new city to explore the area. Join meet-up, community, or religious groups to make new friends. Identify a good counselor if you know you’ll need extra support for your mental health as you make this transition. Above all, keep an open mind and be ready to discover your new surroundings.
Some employers offer support for relocation. If your employer does not, at Gillian Cunningham Realty, we provide concierge services for things like community tours, finding the perfect new home and schools for you and your family, movers, and more. Call us today to find out how we can support you during your relocation.