Relocation is an exciting time for some and can be intimidating to others.  You are packing up all of your belongings and are probably moving to a place that is unfamiliar to you.  Some people move to a new home sight unseen because they do not have the opportunity to actually travel to their new home until moving day.  Once again, we are here to take the guess work out of moving and remove as much stress as possible when relocating. 


By definition relocation is the act of moving all belongings from one place to another.  The new location could be a different apartment in the same building you currently reside in, or packing up and moving hundreds of miles away.  In this article we are going to focus on a long move and how to adjust to your new surroundings when you arrive to your new home.

The first thing you should do is review our moving checklists.  These lists detail what you should look for when moving to a new home and things you need to consider when moving to a new state.  If your relocation is going to move you out of state, please refer to our moving out of state checklist to give you full details of things you may not think about before your move.


Relocating for Employment

If moving to accommodate a new job you may have corporate assistance to guide you with your relocation. If you are an employee that has been with a company for several years it is possible that they will hook you up with moving services and other packages of assistance.  If this is an option for you, take advantage of the corporate discounts because the cost of a relocation package costs your employer much less than if you pay for it yourself.  Your company can also help you to relocate to a new international home.  When you are considering a global move, you really should enlist a specialist that can help with diffusion of problems you may encounter before you leave your current house.  There may be a special tax that needs to be paid in order to have your items shipped to your new location.  There may be other strategic topics you need to consider that you are not aware of because of your inexperience with a global move. 


Relocating for New Surroundings

Maybe you have decided to relocate because you want a change of scenery.  You are looking for a new meaning to your life and are looking forward to living in a completely new place. If you are making this move on your own, there are not many companies that will help with relocation expenses.  You may have landed a job and the employer is willing to do what they need to in order to get you into the office.  However, I would not count on it.  Most likely you will be taking care of this type of move on your own.  The best thing you can do is talk to friends or family that may have already gone through a process like this.  They can offer examples of good experiences the have encountered, and how to make the most difficult parts of a long move as easy as possible.  If you can gather information about a typical move,  you will be able to anticipate special needs you may have depending on your circumstances. 

Things to Consider

Make a list of the most important things to you about your new place to call home and prioritize from there.  If you have children your first consideration may be schools or daycare.  If you are a pet owner, dog parks and pet friendly neighborhoods may be at the top of your list.  It may be important for you that profitable jobs are within walking distance of your new home.  If you are thinking about having a moving company take care of the relocation, be sure to check out reviews on each company you are considering.  You will be able to see ratings on their customer service, read reviews, find out if they have the appropriate license, and filter through any negative comments you may come across.  You can even request a sample of how relocations generally happen from start to finish with their company.  Sometimes these companies can assist you by supplying a relocator calculator to help you budget expenses.

Relocations are a big deal, no matter if they are across the street or across the country.  If you want your relocation to go smoothly be sure you gather all the information you need.  The more equipped your tool kit is, the better off you will be in the long run.  Be sure you cover all of your bases so you can experience a successful relocation!