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Relocation tips for a job in a new state


Moving to a new state because of your job is never an easy thing to do. Naturally, there’s going to be a lot of physical work involved. Adding up to that is the emotional aspect of moving, especially if your move is sudden.

Be that as it may, you can instantly turn your job relocation into an exciting one with a few tricks here and there. A move to a new state doesn’t have to be sad or stressful. Many professionals even consider moving to a new state as an exciting part of their life. It’s a challenge for the better.

To help you out with the move, these cross country moving tips are some things you can do to smoothen the process:

  1. Prepare all the necessary transfer documents for the family

This section applies to those of you who are moving with a family and for the two-income families. With a family, you have your children and spouse to think about. In a two-income family, your spouse’s job is also going to get affected by the move.

Will your spouse be able to find a new job in the city where you’re moving? Can they keep their current job and work remotely from there? Is it feasible for the whole family to move? When you’re offered a job relocation, this is something that you have to discuss with the rest of the family outright. There’s so much that gets involved in the move when your family is involved.

If everyone is agreeable to the move, you have to start getting busy, too, with the preparation of all the necessary transfer documents. This includes the following:

  • Educational permits and records of the children
  • Health and medical records
  • Change in address of all members of the family for bank records and whatnot
  1. Create a checklist of things to do

The bottom line of all the preparations is to stay organized. Doing so will make the relocation process less stressful for everyone involved. This also ensures that you don’t forget any vital details. Keep a checklist for both your departure and arrival. In that way, you’re sure your relocation will go as it should.

Here are some examples for a to-do list when moving:

  • Change your post office address immediately
  • Schedule utilities disconnection and connection, which includes water, electricity, and gas
  • Discontinue subscriptions and delivery services
  • Schedule a mover’s pick up for your final moving day
  • Schedule appointments with your realtor

Aside from this checklist, these cross country moving tips can help you prepare for the big move.

Just think of everything you personally need to do for your move to be a success.

  1. Sell your house as soon as possible

Don’t wait until later to sell your current house. Do it as soon as you receive notice of your move due to your job. You’ll want your relocation to be as smooth as possible, and this includes letting go of your current home. The last thing that you’d want is to have no other choice but to pay for the mortgages of two homes, simply because you weren’t able to let go of the first home. You can also opt to find a rental. By checking the rent price trends in Las Vegas, for example, you get a glimpse of what type of neighborhood or rental you will be living in.

While houses are in demand, it’s also a known fact in the real estate industry that it can take a long time to sell a house. On average, this might take you around three to six months. Hence,  you need to put your home up for sale the moment you’re notified of your relocation.

  1. Negotiate for relocation assistance

A relocation assistance refers to the sum of money that your company may provide to help you with the move.

However, not all companies offer relocation assistance. If your company offers this to you outright, then good for you. If they don’t, your solution is to try and negotiate for one. You’ll never know what your company can provide if you don’t ask about it. They might be working with a relocation company that can make all the arrangements for you. They can help you find a place to stay, a job for your spouse, securing shipment of your personal belongings and everything else that ensures a smooth transition.

Do your part in researching the costs of movers and other expenses that you will incur as a part of the move. Present these costs to your boss in the most gentle, polite, and amicable manner. Who knows, your request might just be granted. Even if your company can’t cover the full costs of your relocation, any form of financial assistance is going to help. That way, you’ll be able to lift a huge financial burden off your shoulders.

  1. Survey your destination ahead of time

Your preparation should also include familiarizing yourself with your new location. If it’s too far for you to visit and explore the place ahead of time, then do your research online. Check for the nearest hospital, schools, department stores, supermarkets, and cheap restaurants in the area. This will give you an idea of where to get what you need.

The first few weeks are going to be a big adjustment, but this adjustment is going to be easier when you don’t feel so lost as you move.


Relocating for a job is a significant part of your life. It’s a decision that takes a lot of willpower and meticulous planning. Moving is always going to be stressful—even if you’re excited about moving to a new state with the promise of a better position and higher pay. The emotions and physical stress that comes with relocating can burn you out. But these tips can help make the process more manageable and less stressful.

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