Tips For Relocating For A New Job

City business peopleWith a growing economy, US workers are taking more risks and relocating for new positions across the country. Thirty-six percent of employers plan to increase their hiring of full-time, permanent employees this year, according to CareerBuilder’s 2015 U.S. Job Forecast.

Tech companies and all types of corporations are hiring hundreds of new positions in Austin, Texas; Seattle, Wash.; Lincoln, Neb.; Charlotte, N.C.; Fort Worth, Texas; Columbus, Ohio, Minneapolis, Minn.; Denver, Colo.; and Oklahoma City, Okla., and many other U.S. cities. Let’s say your company – or potentially a new company – asks you to move across the country to take one of these full-time positions. Are you prepared for everything that is involved with relocating for a job across the country?

Moving for work is a complex process, but makes it easier for you. Here are’s top tips for professionals relocating to a different state:

  1. Ask your company about their relocation services. Many professionals moving across the country for work are not aware of all the services their companies provide, including helping their spouse or partner find a new job, transporting their cars, assistance in selling their current home and help with renting a new apartment or corporate housing options.
  2. Renting is always the best option. Many professionals relocating to a new city make the mistake of buying a home or committing to a long-term lease. Then, they are stuck if they or their family don’t like the area or the job doesn’t work out. Renting an apartment or getting temporary corporate housing (a furnished apartment with utilities) for six months or a year allows you to get familiar with the city, your neighborhood and your job and determine whether or not you want to stay.
  3. Be organized. Keep a list of the things you need to do at your current location before you depart and a separate list of things to do at your destination. Cross off items on the list as you get them completed. Moving is complex and this will help you make sure you don’t miss anything important.
  4. Research the cost of living in your new area. It is not only rent that you need to be concerned with. You need to prepare your budget for the other cost-of-living expenses – including utilities, groceries and eating out – which vary greatly from city to city.
  5. Explore your new city and the neighborhoods you are considering before you move there. Drive from your potential apartment to your children’s schools, to see if the required commute works for you. Determine whether the neighborhood and area has parks/ outdoor activities, or is near the other types of activities you and your family enjoy. Local newspapers and blogs can also help you determine the lifestyle of area residents and the types of activities offered for yourself and your family.

If you are unable to visit your new area in person, is the best option for helping you find the best apartment for your lifestyle. You can search for apartments by neighborhood, rate, amenities and a number of other factors. Our teams have spent hundreds of hours collecting data so you don’t have to. In fact, we will even give you $200 in rewards just for mentioning to your apartment community that you used ApartmentSearch to find your new home. That goes a long in helping you settle into you new city.