You got the job and you have to relocate. Now what?!

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After three interviews and a presentation, you finally landed your dream job. The only problem? It’s halfway across the country, and you’ve got to pack up everything and leave. Although moving may now seem more daunting than securing that job was, we’re here to tell you that it’s not. These tips will simplify moving and lessen your stress so you can follow your dream.

    1. Organization is Key
      Since moving involves a lot of packing, it’s easy for items to literally get lost in the shuffle. To prevent this, try making to-do lists to keep you on track. Be sure to have one for departure and one for arrival and check everything off. Oh, and make like Santa, and check it twice just to be sure.
    1. Take advantage of what your company has to offer.
      Some companies offer a myriad of services in addition to footing relocation fees. Be sure to check with your employer to see if they can help you out with house hunting, transporting cars, assistance in finding housing and even an organizer to help you get settled. Certain companies also offer job placement for spouses too.
    1. Familiarize Yourself with Your New Home
      To get adjusted to your new environment fast, reach out and research your new city. Travel out there to see what it’s like. Read local blogs and newspapers to see what the different neighborhoods are like. If you can’t visit before you make the big move, contact your network and ask people who used to or currently live there to get a feel for the town. Finding out where you want to live will help you get adjusted and figure out where specifically you want to stay, says Forbes.com.
    1. Avoid Long-term Housing
      Before you sign a long-term lease or buy a home, consider renting or staying in temporary housing. The last thing you want it to make a serious home commitment and later learn that you don’t like the neighborhood. Check with your company to see if they offer corporate housing. Maybe one of your colleagues will even be willing to let you stay with them for a few weeks while you make an informed decision.
    1. Make Friends
      One of the fastest ways to feel happy and at home in your new location is to build a support network. Sites like meetup.com will help you find others with similar interests. You also can reach out to your network to find mutual friends. In no time, you’ll be a blossoming social butterfly.

No matter if you’re moving 100 miles or 1,000 miles, these tips will help your journey be as simple as possible, leaving you plenty of time to focus on your new career.

Teresa Tobat is a freelance writer and editor based out of the Washington, D.C. area. She specializes in writing about lifestyle, fitness, food, DIY and travel. In her spare time, she enjoys playing with her two long-haired Chihuahua puppies and researching her next dream destination. View her website to find out more.

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