Employee relocation is on the rise in the U.S. Whether it’s moving across the country for a new job or relocating for your current one, relocation can be both an exciting opportunity and a tremendous challenge. A big move always requires a great deal of planning, plus even more effort if you’re moving a spouse and children as well.
Using relocation services can make your move go smoother, but if you’re expecting the company to pay for it, make sure you read the contract carefully. In many cases, employers require you stay with the company for a certain amount of time, and if you don’t, then you must pay back part or all of the relocation expenses.
Knowing what to expect and planning ahead can make a big difference in how well your move goes. Here’s a look at ways to make your employee relocation experience less stressful and more enjoyable.
Know When to Negotiate
You’re giving up certain things when you relocate, so take that into consideration before you accept an offer. Is the company going to pay for the move? If so, are there any requirements connected to that? Your employer doesn’t know your individual needs, so take time to think about what you need to move and what should be covered in the relocation package.
Decide What to Do About Housing
If you’re moving to a new, unfamiliar city, then you might want to wait to buy a home until you learn more about the area and get a feel for where you’d like to live. This is where a relocation service can be incredibly helpful to find you a rental or other temporary housing.
Alternatively, you may want to just spend a few weeks looking around before you decide to buy a home, in which case you could use services such as Sublet.com, Homeaway.com, or Airbnb.com to find rental properties that you can reserve by the week or month.
Consider Leaving Your Furniture Behind
Furniture is costly to move and may or may not fit in your new space. One solution to make your move easier is to sell your furniture before you leave and rent furniture in your new place until you decide to settle in permanently. This gives you the option of having it all delivered at your convenience and picked up when you’re finished with it.
Moving is stressful, but with CORT Furniture Rental’s Move-In Ready Packages, you can relax and know your new home will be ready when you are.