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3 Areas That Require Careful Consideration When Relocating for Work

If you find yourself needing to relocate for your career, you may feel overwhelmed by all the things you must do. That’s why Keetria has put together the following guide, including three of the most important aspects to consider when moving for work.

1. Finances

Data show that half of the job-related relocations are in pursuit of career advancement or a higher salary. Use your projected earnings to determine what monthly payment amount is affordable. Use your current savings and equity to determine a reasonable down payment amount. Check your credit score and speak with a lender to determine the actual loan amount you are eligible for. Documents your lender may require for pre-approval include:

  • Banks statements
  • Tax returns
  • Recent pay stubs
  • Letters documenting any amounts gifted to you

Look at the median and average home prices in neighborhoods near your new job. If you can’t afford a home very close to work, look at homes a little farther out. Keep in mind the time you will spend commuting as well as gas money and wear on your vehicle. Don’t forget that renting may be a better option in some markets, especially if the job is not a permanent position. Luckily, there are plenty of great apartments in Denver CO to fit your budget. Such sites generally have filters so that you can sort by price, location, bedrooms, bathrooms and square footage. Whether you are renting or buying, a real estate agent familiar with the area can offer invaluable advice and help you find the right residence.

2. Other Household Members

If you have family members or pets living with you, their needs can add an extra layer of complexity to the move. The quality of the local school district may affect where you choose to live. Research schools online. If you have contacts in the area you are moving to, ask about their experiences with the district.

If you have pets, find a new vet close to where you are relocating. Locate the nearest emergency animal hospital as soon as you can, and get or transfer all records from your current vet.

On moving day, pets and kids have different needs from adults. Pack up comfort items separately so that they are easy to find and pull out when needed. Set up a safe room for pets at both the old and new houses, so they don’t escape during the packing and unpacking. Provide kids with offline toys and games to keep them occupied before the internet is connected.

3. Packing and Moving

Unfortunately, there are many things that can go wrong on moving day. Monitor the weather to avoid surprises. Make sure all items are packed safely. Complete all necessary repairs beforehand, so the house is functional when you arrive. Purchase and organize supplies early so that you don’t have to spend time looking for them.

There are professionals available to help the move go smoothly. Packers and movers help all your items get to the new house safely. Locksmiths change the locks so that your family is secure in the new home. Read reviews and ensure any professional you hire is fully insured and provides a satisfaction guarantee.

Relocating for work can be quite a challenge. Fortunately, a little planning goes a long way toward ensuring the move goes smoothly for all involved.  

Keetria is an entrepreneur, wellness advocate, and brand strategy coach for creatives & entrepreneurs with 16 years of public relations expertise working with some of the world’s leading brands, startups, media personalities, and entertainers. If you would like to work together, don’t hesitate to reach out!

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