Relocating for work or extended business travel can be stressful, expensive and intimidating. Before packing that first box or suitcase, here are 5 steps you should take to make corporate relocation as easy as possible on you and your family.
- Understand and Negotiate Your Relocation Package
Many companies offer financial incentives and support to employees relocating or traveling for an extended period of time on business. While there are no ‘official’ requirements of what should be included in the move, certain benefits such as moving expenses, housing costs, travel to explore the new area and relocation bonuses are often part of the deals.
- Leverage Technology To Learn About Your New Location
Between Google, apps and local newspapers, it is easier than ever to find out about your new home. Do your homework online to learn about the different neighborhoods. Leverage Google maps to figure out how far you’ll be from work, key locations and entertainment. Apps like Yelp help you find great local restaurants. Local newspapers are online as well to help familarize yourself with local politics, issues and trends. Leverage relocation concierge services to help you acclimate yourself to the new area and allow others to help you feel at home while you focus on business and family.
- Find Temporary Housing That Makes Your Feel At Home
Moving to a new place is difficult on individuals and families. Before committing to an expensive, long-term lease or plunking down a lot of money on a new house, learn the neighborhood. Corporate housing and furnished apartments have changed. There are now great options in luxury buildings across major cities, including New York, Philadelphia, Seattle and even internationally, like Shanghai and London. Comfortable living arrangements in luxury buildings help ease the stress of a new location and provide amenities such as fitness centers and full kitchens to keep you running healthy. Ultimately, the flexibility of short-term housing allows you to determine if you made the right choice in job, city and living location without the hassle of buying furniture or laying out a lot of money.
- Make a Full-Service Move
You have enough on your plate when making a big move. The thought of packing, cleaning, moving and then unpacking is exhausting. Many moving companies can take the hassle out of moving and storage, serving as a one-stop shop for your move. Ensure the moving company you select is fully insured and stands by the quote so there is no bait and switch. Moving expenses are often covered in relocation expenses, as well as storage costs, if necessary.
- Network Your Way Into the New Market
From local chambers of commerce to LinkedIn, actively being involved in a community helps to quickly adapt to the new location, as well as grow professionally and personally. Think about what organizations you’re currently a part of in your hometown and see if there is a local chapter where you are moving. Extend your social media networks beyond your current hometown and explore potential business contacts, colleagues, prospects in your new location. LinkedIn has local groups for most industries that are free to join and help you gauge the pulse of the business community in the new market. Personally, making these new connections will help you feel more at home and attached to the new community.