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(x) Things to ask before relocating to new city for a job

Whether you are moving for a job you have been waiting for all your life, or just relocating for a job you already have, moving is the worst. Most people would agree that moving is not an enjoyable task. There are so many things you have to do when you move that you may not even think about. From getting a new driver’s license to switching over all your utilities, it can be a daunting task. The one thing that will make moving slightly more bearable is if your new or current employer will help with your relocation! There are many relocation services that you should ask your employer to help with. 

1. The Trip to Search for an Apartment

If you are looking for a new apartment in a new city, you will have to make a trip to the new city to view apartments. We recommend asking your employer to allow you and your family to take a trip or two to the new town to look for apartments. Whether you find your apartment or not, your family will have the opportunity to view the city and get to know the area a little better than just blindly moving. 

2.  A Temporary Place to Stay

Nothing is scarier than jumping into a lease quickly without having the time to truly look around and find an apartment that fits your needs and your budget. If your employer is willing to pay for a temporary rental, it will allow you to save up for a security deposit and get to know the area better while searching for your permanent residence. You can negotiate with your employer how long they are willing to pay for temporary housing.

3. Relocation Packing and Moving Services

Your employer may automatically provide a relocation package, but if not you should ask for it. If they do provide this service, be sure to see what all is included. This may include the vehicle that you are moving your belongings with, all of the moving boxes, a company to pack and move your belongings, etc. 

The more that can be included in this package, the better. If your employer is willing to repay you for your moving expenses, be sure to keep every receipt to turn into them.

4. Storage

If you are living in temporary housing, you may need to store your belongings in a storage unit for a few weeks or even a couple of months. You can feel confident that everything you own will be safe and not crammed in a small space that you have to move around every day.

5. Refund for Moving Expenses

If your employer is willing to give you a specific amount of money for your move, it is best to do the research on how much moving will cost and try to go with the most affordable options. If they say they will refund you for your expenses, be sure to eep every receipt. Some things to consider benign reimbursed for are

  • Gas for transportation
  • Boxes
  • Tape
  • Connecting and disconnecting utilities
  • Hotels if it is a long drive
  • Uhaul or transportation fees
  • Movers

Do not be afraid to talk to your current or future employer about what relocation services they may offer or may be willing to pay for.