Starting a new job is stressful. So is moving to a new city. Combine the two and you get a full understanding of the pressure of relocating for work. Still, moving for your new job has its perks: you get to meet new people, experience a new culture and advance your career!

If you take a few important steps when you relocate, you can ease the burden and make the transition simpler for yourself—and your family, if you’re not traveling alone.

Follow these six tips for a less stressful job relocation:

  • Use it as an opportunity to downsize. This will give you fewer belongings to keep track of, making it easier for you to stay organized when you move. Go through your things and donate items you never—or rarely—use. Help yourself while helping the less fortunate!
  • Take advantage of company perks. Your new employer may offer relocation coverage and services to help you with your big move. This can include anything from truck rental to temporary housing while you find somewhere to live. If your employer doesn’t offer these services, negotiate with him or her as a condition of your hire. Moving can be expensive, so the more help you can get, the better.
  • Rent before you buy. If you’re in the position to purchase a home, you may wish to rent for a bit once you arrive at your new city. This can help ease the stress of your move (and if you’ve ever completed the home buying process, you know this is true!). It also gives you time to get used to the area before you decide how permanent your stay will be, or in which neighborhood you prefer to reside.
  • Rely on technology. When you relocate for work, you may leave friends and family behind in your previous city. Although nothing compares to face-to-face contact, technology such as Skype and social media can make keeping up much easier than in the past.
  • Get out of the house. Once you’ve moved, it’s important to re-establish your social network, as friends add to your quality of life. Be outgoing with your new co-workers, or attend events through websites, such as meetup.com. You can meet like-minded people by volunteering or joining a local club or sports team in your new community. Also, take time to be a tourist as you take in the sights and sounds of your new home town!

Go for it!

In ten years from now, don’t wonder what could have been. Explore an exciting new job opportunity and new surroundings as you relocate to a new place. The positives are sure to make it worth your while, and with proper planning, you’ll be able to make the move as easy as possible.

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