The prospect of a work relocation means you'll need to be well organized as there’s usually not much time to get acquainted with your new area.
First off, determine the cost of living in the new community. There's no point in relocating for a higher salary if the extra income's eaten up by increased living expenses.
Make sure you also consider other factors such as work load, expense accounts and travel expectations. Here are a few other points to keep in mind:
- Get to Know the Location - Plan a trip to familiarize yourself with the local area. If it's too far to preview in person, check out a few community websites.
- Select a Real Estate Agent - Choose a real estate agent to list your home and ask them to refer you an agent who can help you become familiar with the market in your new city.
- Create a Moving Checklist - A detailed checklist will help ensure your move goes smoothly and will reduce the stress that’s associated with a major move.
- Relocation Benefits - Employers will often provide relocation packages to help offset expenses such as temporary housing and moving costs.
Deciding whether or not to relocate can be very stressful. Not only are you trying to negotiate a career move but you're also starting a new life in an unfamiliar place. If you approach this process by paying close attention to all the details, you'll enjoy a much more positive relocation experience. Please get in touch if you have questions or need any real estate advice.