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Tips to help you relocate temporarily for work

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Have you recently been offered a promotion or a new job altogether, but the catch is that you’ll need to temporarily relocate? Deciding to go ahead with relocation in order to take the job is a decision that doesn’t always come easy. There are a lot of factors to consider, especially if you have a significant other and kids that will also need to move with you. At the end of the day, it often comes down to what this job will mean for your career moving forward, how long you will be required to live there, and just how difficult/easy the move will be.

If you’ve made the decision that relocation makes sense for you and your future plans, then reality is probably starting to set in. So, before you enter panic and frantic mode, here are some invaluable tips that can help you prepare and organize for your move.

Research your new town/city before you arrive

A good place to start is with a little research on your new town or city. You can start this process the moment you learn about the relocation. Be sure to research such things as typical rent prices, the various neighbourhoods, types of transportation available, how far you are willing to commute each day, and what sort of amenities the town/city offers.

The idea is that you start to familiarize yourself with the new place before you even arrive.

Place your things in storage

Depending on how long you will be gone, you may not want to move all your belongings with you. That doesn’t mean you’re willing to get rid of them though, you just don’t want to have to go to the trouble and expense of moving everything. This is when renting a storage unit can act as a perfect solution.

If you’re looking for this type of solution, Phillips Moving and Storage is a great example of a storage centre that makes it possible to put all your belongings and furniture in storage and know they will be safe and secure. They’re based in Toronto so would be the ideal choice for anyone relocating to the area.

Their storage units are kept in a concrete block and brick warehouse, which means you don’t have to worry about things being damaged or stolen. As well, all furniture is blanket-wrapped to ensure nothing is damaged.

The warehouse itself is pest controlled, climate controlled, has security around the clock, all units/palettes are labelled, and the warehouse has a full sprinkler system.

What this means is that when you are ready to move back, all your items can be moved out of storage with ease.

If Toronto is too far away from where you’re relocating to, see if you can find a company with a similar service to this in your area.

Try to get your new office space set up before you arrive

Because you will likely need to hit the ground running when you start your new job, you also want to try to set up the space before you arrive. This is more practical if you are sticking with the same company. You want to be sure all relevant materials, files, and documents are transferred over to your new office so that you aren’t scrambling when you get there. Ask to have a point person assigned to you that you can work with at the new office by phone or email in advance of the move.

Brush up on language skills if needed

For those whose relocation involves moving to a whole new country with a different language, it’s also a good idea to start brushing up on the local language as soon as possible. This can mean language classes, a language-app, or even picking up a few books that you can study. Focus on the basic words and sentences, and then you can go from there.

Plan to arrive a week early

If possible, you will also want to plan to arrive a week before you start your new job. This will give you a chance to unpack, get settled, get to know your surroundings, your commute to work, and even meet up with some new co-workers. It’s all about giving yourself time to adjust without the pressure of time on your shoulders.

Look at it as an adventure

Even with all the best planning and organization, moving can still be overwhelming, especially if it’s to a new state or even country. Things will be different, so it’s important to accept that. Mind-set is everything though. If you go into the move with a positive frame of mind and look at it as an exciting adventure, there is a much higher chance that things will go smoothly. Remind yourself this is just a temporary move, so why not make the best of it.

You’re ready for the move

By taking all these tips into consideration and applying them, you’ll find you are much better equipped for your relocation and your mind will be open to all the fabulous opportunities and adventures that await.

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