Your Job Relocation Checklist

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Taking a new job, especially one that requires relocating to an unfamiliar city, can be an exciting life change. And while these events mean opportunities for career growth, new friends, a change of scenery and more, it can also be a daunting time full of uncertainty and turmoil.

To help you make sure you’ve covered all the bases, we’ve put together helpful relocation checklist.

  • Check if your new employer offers help with moving expenses

A lot of companies, especially if they’re willing to hire talent from out of area, will be willing to negotiate a relocation package.  While the average cost to move locally may only set you back about $1250, moving across the country can cost four times that or more.

To get the most out of it, make sure to do a little homework and put together an estimate of how much you think it’ll cost you before you start negotiations.

  • Buckle down and bank up

After you’ve determined what the new company will and won’t pony up for vis a vis your relocation, it’s time to start budgeting and making plans. Another thing to consider: your bank.

If you have an account with a banking giant like BOA or Wells Fargo, you’re probably fine. If, on the other hand, you have accounts with a local bank or credit union, you need to quickly figure something out in your new location. Trust us, you don’t want to find yourself unable to access your own money, especially when you’re in a new place and in a bind.

  • Look to make new connections before you get there

Settling into a new area can be tough, that’s why it’s important to start building social and professional ties as soon as possible. If your friends or family know of anyone in the area you can reach out to, that’s a great start, but this is where leveraging social media and the power of the internet can really come in handy.

LinkedIn, Facebook, Meetup – all these sites and more offer a wealth of social and professional networking options that can help you meet new people and find cool things to do once you’ve arrived in your new hometown.

  • Research your new home

Ideally, you should start checking out areas within commuting distance of your new employer as soon as possible. Research things like housing expenses and the cost of living before you sign commit to a lease or mortgage.

Pay a visit to the new location, if possible (some employers will even foot the bill for this), to get familiar with the area, look at housing, and make plans for things to do once you get there. For those with children, doing a little digging and finding the best school system is always important.

  • Find the right moving company

Finding a reputable, comprehensive moving company is important. If your new employer has a benefits coordinator, this might be something they can help with – especially if they’re helping with the cost of the move.

Make sure to find a company that’s not only recommended but insured and experienced in this kind of relocation. You’re entrusting them with valuable cargo after all, so don’t worry about asking too many questions if you have them. Do a little comparison shopping, and make sure to ask about additional fees for things like wrapping furniture, packing boxes, large-item fees, as well as storage costs.

  • Little details that get lost in a move

Oftentimes when people are getting ready for a big move, they’re laser focused on the big-ticket things we just mentioned – finding a new home, getting the kids in the right school, packing and load all their stuff. But sometimes, it’s the little things that end up falling through the cracks and causing a lot of headaches.

Be sure you’ve taken care of:

  • Utilities
  • Mail
  • Prescriptions
  • Medical records
  • Pets
  • Change of address (credit cards, bank most importantly)


  • Don’t forget about your vehicle!

While you’re getting a quote on moving your possessions, you may also need to think about moving other things, like your vehicle. If you have the time, money and inclination, a road trip may be the best option for you. If, however, you are in a time crunch, or you worry about your older car making a cross-country road trip, then using an auto relocation company like CarsArrive might be the safer bet.

Make sure you get a quote early on in the process rather than waiting until the last minute, as it makes the whole process easier and you can plan your delivery around your move – you may even be able to have your car meet you in the driveway the same day you arrive at your new home. 

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