If you have decided to relocate for work, this will be an exciting time for you – however, it can also be stressful. Even if you’re excited about your new position or company, packing all your belongings and shifting your life to another location can be complicated. The good news is that there are many things you can do to ensure your transition is a smooth one. Today, we’re going to share a few of our top tips to help you with the move.
1. Do your research
If your company has chosen to relocate you, the good news is that you’re regarded as a valuable asset. With this in mind, do your research and check out what relocation services your company can provide. For example, some companies will help you by paying for things like look/see trips to find new accommodation, assistance in buying or selling your home, transporting your belongings etc. Larger companies may even go a step further and help your family settle into their new home by finding schools for your kids, or employment opportunities for your spouse.Should your company not provide any relocation assistance, feel free to reach out to your HR department and ask. Calculate things like how much the move will cost you, typical costs of living in the area, and the time you will spend researching your new location.
2. Don’t make any long-term commitments
A common mistake many people make when relocating is rushing into buying a new home or committing to a year-long lease. The danger of this is that you haven’t taken enough time to research your surroundings, and may find that you don’t like the neighbourhood.With this in mind, finding temporary accommodation is a safe option while you acclimate to your new location. For example, Punthill offers a Corporate Travel Program, which provides companies with convenient, reliable and affordable corporate accommodation. Long-stay accommodation is also available, and provide you with a fully-furnished option that will let you keep up a healthy routine as you take the time to find your new home.
3. Have a plan for moving your belongings
Possibly one of the most stressful parts of moving is packing up all of your belongings and shuttling them from Point A to Point B. Luckily, there are a wide variety of options available to you. The first step is to decide what you want to keep – take this as an opportunity to declutter and get rid of any unwanted items you may have accumulated over the years!Next, decide the important items that you need to move immediately. This will usually be things you definitely need in the first six months like your bed, couch, and other essentials. The rest of your belongings can be put into temporary storage until a more convenient time. Once you have decided what to bring with you, you can arrange to have it shuttled to your new location. We recommend choosing a company that offers both moving services and storage options to streamline the process.
Relocating for work can be taxing time in both your personal and professional lives, but a smooth transition will help you approach your new role is excitement and enthusiasm. Explore Punthill’s Long Stay and Corporate Travel options to ensure your move is as stress-free as possible.