Job Relocation: Things to Consider When Moving for a Job

Man waiting for the movers

Lots of planning and organization goes into moving, whether you’re going across state lines or just a few cities over. Remember there are different factors you should take into consideration when moving for work. After all, your main goal is to get comfortable with a new position and not to get a change of scenery. A moving timeline is most likely to be affected by job relocation, and you may get only a few weeks instead of a few months to plan and organize your move.

Relocation Costs

Movers can help reduce the stresses and hassles involved with moving to a new city, especially given the short moving timeline. However, depending on where you’re planning to go and how much things you need to move, costs can be really high.

Consider asking your future employer about relocation costs as they may be willing to offer you financial relocation assistance to help you manage moving expenses. Try not to worry about coming across as greedy or demanding. After all, what’s the worst that can happen? You’re definitely not going to lose your job just by asking for some help moving.  If, on the other hand, your employer is flexible in providing moving assistance, you’ll be in a better financial position and can save on costs.


Movers carrying boxes

You should create a moving budget. Costs of moving can add up really quickly and you need to set a limit on the amount of money you’re willing to spend for a move. Financial costs for things like packing boxes, movers, internet costs, gas, and accommodations should be part of your budget. You also have to consider high initial grocery bills and other essentials for a new place.

A budget allows you to be prepared with overall moving expenditures while you’re settling in a new city and have a new job. With this in mind, you should spend on non-essential things at another time. For instance, you don’t have to buy a duvet cover and throw pillows right after your move.

In addition, you can use the budget you prepare in case your future employer can offer financial relocation assistance.


Don’t give your new employer a bad impression by showing up late your first day. Be sure you know where to go and how to get there, whether you’re driving to work or taking public transportation. It’s best that you go on a dry run for getting to work before your first day, as you’re new to the city and need to take some time to adjust. Don’t forget to scope out essential stores in the neighborhood like grocery stores and dry cleaners.

If you can be as organized as possible from the beginning, you can reduce later stresses related to moving and job relocation. Allow yourself the time and space to get acclimated to your new surroundings. This ensures you’re not thinking about move specific concerns or what else you need for your new home during your first day. Adequate preparations mean you won’t be too overwhelmed with a new place and can hit the ground running for the job you moved for.

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