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Relocate - Without Going Broke!

01/28/2023

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Author: Tanya Lee, Disability Advocate and Freelance Writer


Editor: Stephanie Leffler, GourmetHR, LLC.


Relocating for work can be exciting and terrifying at the same time. The good news is, it doesn’t have to be a stressful experience if you have a plan in place. Here’s a checklist that will help you move without breaking the bank.


Many employers offer relocation incentives such as moving expenses, deposits or other reimbursements that will your transition to a new job less stressful.



Find The Perfect Spot

Take some time to find the perfect new place, starting with online listings that allow you to narrow down your options according to the number of bedrooms and bathrooms in your price range. Take a look at a few rentals and apartments; you can start by checking out online listings. In fact, many sites offer virtual tours so you can get a solid idea of what the space is like. Once you've found a few places that look like winners, you can start budgeting.

Choose A Location With A Home Office

If you are self-employed or plan on starting up your own business after relocating, consider choosing an area with room for a home office setup. Not only will this give you space and privacy while working from home, but it could also help save money in the long run if you don’t need to rent out an office space right away. Make sure you look for potential in a space; for instance, you might be able to convert a room into your office pretty easily.


Figure Out The Cost of Living

Before making any decisions about where to move or how to move there, it’s important to research the cost of living in your new city. This includes understanding the median rent prices, average grocery costs, and utility bills. It’s also important to consider transportation costs if you don’t plan on having your own car. Take some time to research these costs before deciding on a location and budgeting for the move itself.


Set Yourself Up For Professional Success

Finding a job in a new city can be overwhelming, but there are several things you can do to make sure you get off on the right foot when relocating for work. From creating an updated resume to networking with other local businesses, there are plenty of ways to start searching for opportunities in your new home city. Another tip is to attend job fairs or career events as these spaces often provide valuable advice from experienced professionals who know exactly what employers are looking for when hiring new employees.

Move Your Business Smoothly

If you plan on moving your business as well, make sure they are properly registered within your new state as soon as possible so that their legal status is intact post-move. Additionally, researching potential tax implications involved when setting up shop across state lines may help reduce any unpleasant surprises down the line.


Pack Up The Smart Way

When it comes time to pack up all of your items before moving day, consider investing in sturdy packing materials such as boxes and bubble wrap so that everything is well protected while traveling between cities or states. Additionally, try and minimize how much furniture or personal items you take with you, as this will help lighten the load during transit periods and ultimately save some money when hiring movers or renting vehicles large enough to carry everything safely. Keep in mind that staying organized throughout the process will prevent you from feeling overwhelmed, which will in turn prevent challenges linked to your forgetting important tasks.


Relocating for work can be a big job, but it can also be the start of a wonderful new chapter in your life. With the right moves and a few resources, you can turn this task into an enjoyable process. Utilize online tools for finding a rental and updating your resume, and set up a stellar home office that allows you to work from home without distractions.


Tanya’s inspiration for starting AbilityVillage came from her younger brother, Charlie. Charlie has cerebral palsy, and she’s watched him overcome immense obstacles his whole life. While his cognitive abilities aren’t affected by his CP, his physical abilities are. She’s seen through his experiences how different the world can be for those who are differently abled, and she hopes that through this site, she’ll be able to encourage others to make their communities more accessible to every citizen.


If you're looking for Human Resources support to help your business grow, GourmetHR is your go-to team. Give us a call at (541) 401-1105 and learn more about the services we offer.

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