How to Relocate Your Family When You’re Taking a New Job
Updated: Jan 5
How to Relocate Your Family When You’re Taking a New Job
Relocating to start a new job is exciting in theory since it’s all about new beginnings, opportunities, and adventures. But the actual process can be a headache at times. For one thing, it’s hard enough simply trying to sell or purchase a home; doing both at the same time requires some careful juggling. And moving with a family, especially if you’ve never done so before, is a laborious process with a great many different steps. Add to that the stress and uncertainty of learning the ropes at a new place of employment, and you’ve got a real recipe for tension and tiredness for all parties involved. So today, Ray Maestas shares some tips to keep a career-related relocation as stress-free as possible.
Finding the Right Home for Your Family
Now that you know the general area where you will be residing, look at different neighborhoods and communities, compare housing costs. Especially when you have a family, location is an important consideration, so determine what you can reasonably afford based on costs in more desirable neighborhoods. Talking to a real estate expert like Ray Maestas is always a good idea since they can save you time and stress, as well as help you with the whole process. Make a point of looking at driving distances and transportation to your new workplace.
Renting Instead of Buying
In some cases, you may find that renting initially can be an easier and more affordable option. Orif your work start date is soon, you may want to rent initially while you sell your home and have a chance to shop around for a more permanent home in your desired community. Find out what you’d likely have to pay, based on your family’s needs and wants. Ideally, whether looking to rent or to buy, you will find sites that offer 3D tours, so you get a clearer sense of what a property is like.
Putting Your Home on the Market
When it’s time to sell your home, put some effort into getting it ready to go on the market. That means making any needed changes that can enhance curb appeal. Then you should go through the interior and look for repairs or upgrades that can improve your home’s appearance. For instance, if you have dingy walls or woodworking, a fresh coat of paint may be called for. Or switch out old, dated-looking fixtures and appliances.
Planning for a Move
Start planning for your move even before you have a clear idea of a date since some details can take a while to straighten out, such as setting up a moving budget. You should start sorting and packing through your belongings about three months before you are scheduled to move. Around two months prior to moving, locate and contract with a moving company. When you have a month left before your move, start taking care of details like arranging your address change, planning to have your utilities shut off, and notifying institutions such as your bank and insurance provider. Then it’s time to start packing.
Packing for a Move
Keep your packing-up process strategic and organized. First, gather all the packing materials you will need, such as boxes and bubble wrap. Then begin moving from one room to the next, packing similar objects together, and labeling each box with as much detail as possible. Be sure to keep back some basic items you’ll need for your last few days in your home, that can be packed and then unpacked for use in your new place.
Simplifying the Moving Process
On the day of the move, everything will go more smoothly if you have planned and stayed organized. If you have small children, consider finding a child care provider or family member who can look after them while you are loading the truck, or while the movers are coming in and out of the house. Also, since moving can be stressful for pets, keep your furry friends in a secure and comfortable location away from the chaos or place them with a pet sitter while the move is happening.
Problems to Be Avoided
Some common problems you may face while moving include injuries from heavy lifting, damage to possessions, and financial loss due to poor budgeting. Give yourself plenty of time for the move, pack all your boxes with care, and be sure your budget is realistic. Additionally, it’s important that you do not miss deadlines or forget to check certain boxes. Since moving can get overwhelming, you can’t be blamed for forgetting to take care of some of the many details you need to deal with – but, unfortunately, when something on your to-do list slips your mind, it can really mess up your moving plans. So, use a scheduling app to give you reminders to take care of all your tasks well in advance.
Also, let’s address the elephant in the room: even if the worst happens and the new job isn’t quite what you’re looking for after all, don’t worry. There are countless job opportunities right now, and you can give yourself a huge advantage over everyone else simply by making sure your resume is updated and professional. Check out these free resume templates to get started.
Moving is never going to be relaxing, especially when it’s combined with a job change. But if you follow these guidelines, you can remove a lot of the pain from the equation, and keep your focus on the positive things you have to look forward to once you are settled in.
The days of traditional Real Estate are over- it's a new age and a new era. While keeping the fundamentals in place and integrity at heart, Ray Maestas has adapted to these new trends and keeps an open perspective when dealing with all clients. Being creative with his Real Estate approach is what has kept Ray successful in the industry for almost two decades. Call 510-932-2964