Relocating for a corporate position or personal reasons is never an easy decision and can be an even more difficult process. There are dozens of concerns that come into play including cost of living change, rating of schools, commuting time to work, impact on family, even change in climate. The list goes on. There are ways to make the process just a little bit easier on yourself and your family.
Ask for help
Asking for help is rarely easy. We often forget help is available. Don’t be shy. If you are relocating for work, contact your human resource department for assistance. They often will have some idea of where the majority of their employees live (and why), the quality of the schools and daycare, where to find shopping and entertainment, and other local insights. If you are relocating for family or adventure, you might also consider a visit to your local library and ask for city resources. Libraries are rooted in the community and pride themselves on related resources.
Other helpful stops include:
- Chamber of Commerce
- Visitor Guides
- Local Museums
- On line Relocation Guides
- Real Estate websites
Make a Plan
Having a plan before you land in your new town will help you maintain stability. Decide what is important to you and your family and add related points to your plan. For example, if you have medical concerns, you may want to locate a related specialist in the area and ensure that your new home is close by. If your child is a budding ballerina, you will want to ensure that a local studio is accessible nearby. Here are a few additional bullet points to get your plan started.
- Perform an internet search and locate schools, childcare, or camps you would like to visit and set up appointments.
- Visit relocation company websites like and make appointments to view the houses and apartments in your areas of interest.
- Locate the local library, community centers, and chamber of commerce for future research.
- Don’t forget to spend some time exploring and experiencing the area. Nothing will tell you more than a drive or walk around a city.
- Invest in an area tour. If you are working with a relocation company or real estate company chances are they offer area tours. A half day or full day area tour often is just enough to get you basic knowledge of neighborhoods and the lay of the land.
Your personal situation will change the points of interest on your list. It is important that you go in with at least a loosely developed plan to serve as a springboard.
Your expectations can set you up for failure in one way or another. Research regarding the city and state you are moving to. Understand the basics of the area you are moving to. This is includes average climate, crime rate, and availability of your favorite food. Know what you are getting yourself into. Cultivating a clear view of your new city, will help you manage your expectations for the area.
Moving to a new area is never easy. The steps above can help make the process a little easier. If you are planning a relocation we can help you. Housing Helpers has offices in Boulder Colorado, Denver, and Las Vegas, and provides relocation services throughout Colorado and Nevada. Our relocation services include area tours, home finding assistance, temporary housing, real estate, and rental locating. Contact us for help with your next relocation.