You have just been notified that you have been given your dream job. After the initial celebration, panic sets in because this job requires you to pack up the spouse, kids and family pet and move to an area several states away. How are you ever going to manage it all? Relocating for a new job is bound to have some stress, but there are things you can do to make it easier.
Find out all you can about your new area. The Chamber of Commerce is excellent for discovering where schools are. They can provide you with information on utilities and local places of interest. Ask your new employer for suggestions on areas best suited for family living and what places to avoid. Talk with local realtors in the area to line up possible houses in advance.
- Get your mail re-routed to a post office box in your new area starting a few days before your move. If you already know your new address, you can have it waiting there for you when you arrive.
- Place your current home up for sale if you own it or give notice if you rent.
- Pack everything you can in advance, keeping out only the necessities.
- Make sure boxes are labelled by room so they are easier to unpack at the other end.
- Arrange to have children’s medical and school records transferred and have copies of vet records for each of your pets.
- Pack one box with 2-3 days worth of food and dishes for your family and pets, any medications and important papers such as birth certificates and social security cards. Include any hygiene items and favorite toys of the pets and kids. This will help ease the need to immediately unpack to find the absolute necessities when you arrive.
Ask For Help
- You do not have to do all the work yourself. There are people ready and willing to give you a hand to make your transition go as smoothly as possible.
- Allow the real estate people to do the work on selling your house and finding possibilities for a new one.
- Hire a moving company to transport your things. Some will even provide packing materials and pack up your home on one end and unpack on the other.
- Assign family members certain responsibilities so you are not the only one working.
- Hire a babysitter or pet sitter to keep the littlest family members and pets out of harm’s way while loading and unloading the truck. Not having to worry about them getting underfoot will greatly reduce stress.
Take a Breather
While this move can be one of the greatest adventures, take time to simply relax for a few minutes each day. Take a walk, read, soak in a warm tub or do whatever else helps you relax. This few minutes each day will help keep your mind clear and mood positive. Remember, this is the job you have been looking for. Don’t allow the stress of relocating take that thrill away before you have even arrived at your destination.