Written by: Curtis Fisher
Quick tips to help you streamline the moving process.
If you’re moving for a new job, you might think you have it easy. After all, your company is (probably) footing the bill, and you won’t have to worry about finding a job. But, just because these two items are marked off your “stress” list, doesn’t mean there aren’t issues that can arise. Here, we’ll take a look at a few preemptive steps you can take to get yourself and your family ready to hit the road.
Know the area
First, if it’s possible, plan to spend at least a week in your potential new hometown before you uproot your family. You’ll need some time to evaluate the overall culture and community. Going ahead of time is a great chance to scout local amenities, such as, parks and recreational opportunities, schools, and utility providers. You can also take the time to talk to locals about service providers so that you can assemble a list before you arrive. Among these are a veterinarian, babysitter, mechanic shop, and handyman service. For the latter, make sure to bookmark CH Construction.
Decide between buying and renting
For most of us, buying a home makes the most sense. After all, that’s how you build equity and putting down roots is a great way to feel more connected to where you are. However, it’s not always possible, nor is it always the best option. We are looking for a place to live, particularly if you’re moving to higher-cost areas, such as Seattle, you want to look ahead at the cost of living. In this example, you should know that Seattle apartments might be pricier than what you’re used to in Kansas City. But, by looking online, using 3D tour options, and filtering the bedrooms and bathrooms, you should be able to find an affordable place to stay until you choose a more permanent address.
Get lots of quotes
Much like other services, the cost of hiring movers can vary. According to Consumer Affairs, moving companies might charge anywhere from a few hundred to a few thousand dollars to get you from point A to point B. Because of this, you’ll want to get at least four quotes. Make sure that each quote is “apples to apples” and contains the same line items. You also want to confirm that your moving quote is binding, meaning they must honor their quoted price. Keep in mind that added distance, unexpected storage, and last-minute changes can affect your price, even on a binding contract. You also want to check to see if gratuity is included in your quote; if not, consider budgeting for this as well for a job well done.
Moving with pets? Plan ahead
If you’re planning to live with pets, you also need to take special consideration into how to move Fido to your new home. Since you’re moving for your job, it makes sense to first find out if your new employer or location is pet-friendly. As CNBC reports, many large companies, including Uber and PetSmart, are. This practice may become increasingly common as companies begin to open back up after doing largely remote work during the pandemic as more and more families made pet adoption a priority. You should also take the time to understand the requirements and restrictions associated with bringing pets across state lines.
This is not a comprehensive guide to moving, but it does showcase a few lesser-considered aspects of the moving process. Remember, this is a huge step, and the better prepared you are now, the easier your move is likely to be.
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