by Kevin Lapp
on Tuesday, December 1st, 2015 at 2:46pm.
The only thing more stressful than moving or starting a new job is moving AND starting a new job. Whether buying or listing homes for sale as part of work relocation, its exciting to embrace the next chapter of your life.
Of course, with challenge and opportunity comes the stress of turning that page and transitioning from the familiar to the foreign. Done the right way, its a feel-good story of sweet success. Done the wrong way, however, and it reads like a horror novel that would spook Stephen King.
Sure, a major life change is always a gamble. Wouldnt it be nice if there were some steps you could take to turn the odds in your favor? As luck would have it, there are.
The More You Take In, The Better Youll Make Out
Just as you didnt land your dream job by leaving it to chance, you shouldnt make a career move into or out of a community without thorough research and planning.
For example, consider the neighborhoods you wish to target. Apart from the regular considerations of safety and availability of good schools, think about proximity to your new workplace. Specifically, if youre moving to small town or city in Central Alberta, you can settle almost anywhere without being burdened by a lengthy commute.
Conversely, the right choice of locations in a large metropolitan area can make the difference between a short drive to the office and a long haul traversing two time zones. Taking a new position is stressful enough as it is, so why compound it with a trip that really puts the hour in rush hour?
If theyre Giving it, You Should Take it
Relocating for work, like the work itself, is a two-way street. Not only does it benefit you and your family in the form of more opportunity and perhaps better pay, but it also helps the company put the right person in the right position.
That explains why many businesses offer relocation assistance ranging from reimbursement for moving expenses like transportation and storage to free temporary housing that can ease the transition to or from a community. Should they fail to offer anything, ask whats available and be prepared to negotiate for moving support thats not currently being given. Remember, if youre valuable enough to be uprooted from your present life for the betterment of the company, they can darn well help to replant you.
Dont Cry, Unless its for Help
Before you start shedding tears of stress and get overwhelmed, cry for help instead. Ask the realtor whos assisting you with the sale to connect you with one of their colleagues in your new city. If they dont know anyone, check with friends, family or your new co-workers for a recommendation.
Once you find someone you trust, they can ease your burden by suggesting neighborhoods that meet your needs, scheduling viewings and offering lots of suggestions to facilitate the moving process. Best of all, since realtor fees are paid by the seller, you can get expert advice and peace of mind without spending a dime.
Dealing with a new home is a major undertaking, and doubly so when youre changing jobs at the same time. Some stress is inevitable, especially if youre wading into uncharted waters and trying to get your bearings. Through careful planning and research, though, you can embark on a new chapter and ensure a happy ending. Moreover, when the next promotion comes your way, youll be more than ready to write the sequel.