Congratulations - you got the job in the city of your dreams! Once the excitement starts to wane, it’s time to turn to the practical elements of packing up your family, moving, and getting settled into your new role. While relocation may be a big undertaking, there are ways to make it easy. Your Castle Real Estate can help ease the transition by helping you find the perfect home for your family’s needs.
What Does the Company Offer?
Did your new employer offer you a relocation package? If so, you’ll want to take full advantage of it. In the best-case scenario, they’ll pay for everything, from packing your home, shipping your belongings, and financing a place to stay for the near term. According to Moving.com, most companies, however, offer a stipend to be applied toward your own moving expenses. It’s still worth asking what type of additional support might be available. Some employers provide access to a relocation specialist or provide you with recommendations when it comes to getting settled into a new neighborhood and school district. If you’re 100 percent on your own, you can still ease the transition by preplanning.
What Will You Take?
If you’re moving a short distance, it shouldn’t be a problem to pack the majority of your belongings, minus anything you’re thinking of replacing anyway. Most moving companies charge by the pound, so keep that in mind when deciding what to keep and what to sell or donate. If you’re making a cross-country trek and footing the bill yourself, do a little sleuthing and consider whether it’s more practical and cost-effective to transport your furniture, or buy replacement home goods when you arrive at your destination. Either way, you’ll likely be moving some personal possessions. Get written estimates from several movers before making a choice.
Where Will You Live?
If you’re familiar with the city you’re relocating to, you may have an idea of neighborhoods you like, and you’re ready to buy a new home off the bat. If you’re still finding your footing, consider renting in a centrally located area and taking some time to get a feel for various neighborhoods. If you have kids, you’ll want to check out local school district rankings - Greatschools Denver can give you insight into public schools in Denver, CO. You’ll also want to think about the length of your commute time. Either way, you can research properties for home or rent online, and even take virtual tours.
Most search features allow you to narrow the focus by indicating your desired price range, square footage, bedrooms, baths, and other amenities.
In addition to the basic relocation “to do” list, like getting cable and internet service, changing your mailing address, and turning on utilities, there are other important things to do right away. If you have kids, get them enrolled in school, and find a new family doctor and other healthcare providers. Transfer prescriptions and vet records as needed, and scope out the best neighborhood grocery store, restaurants, entertainment venues, and shopping centers. According to Family Handyman, you’ll also want to make minor repairs to your new home as needed. It’s also a good idea to “play tourist” in your new city so you can start finding your way around and feel like a native.
Making a big relocation for a new career can be exhilarating, exciting, and stressful, all at the same time. Practice good self-care measures during this time - eat right, get enough sleep and exercise, and resist the urge to overt-caffeinate. Remember, you’ll also be settling into a new job, so use service providers as necessary to aid the transition. Grocery delivery, housekeeping, and mobile dog grooming can all ease your move.
Your Castle Real Estate provides an array of professional real estate services and can be your partner when it comes to locating the ideal Denver home and can also if your family is relocating out of the state as well. Visit the site to view listings and reach out via phone or email for a personal consultation.