TEMECULA – People move for various reasons. Some have outgrown their existing homes and need something bigger, while others move to downsize.
Regardless of why people move, moving occurs more often than you might think. The U.S. Census Bureau said one in nine people relocated in 2015 to a new neighborhood, a new state or even across the country. Relocating, whether it’s around the corner or miles away, affects people’s lives in many ways. A smooth transition to a new place involves understanding the process and getting the support necessary to make the move a success.
Research potential destinations.
Give ample thought to where the family might live before uprooting everyone. The career resource Change Recruitment suggested using the internet as much as possible to learn about the location. Sites like Niche can paint a picture of an area, providing information regarding its demographics, points of interest, schools and much more. An in-person visit will be needed to get a true feel for the neighborhood, however.
Understand the costs.
Apart from the fees associated with buying a home, relocating involves hiring movers, unpacking belongings, temporary storage rentals, charges to turn on and off utilities, repairs for the new home and several other expenses. If the move is being made because of a career opportunity, the company may contribute to some of the moving costs. Check with a human resources professional to determine if the company provides relocation compensation.
Get out and meet people.
Use every opportunity to meet neighbors and people with shared interests. Attend community events and school functions. Some employers may have meet-and-greet events. Online services like Meetup list groups of like-minded people who may periodically meet up in the community. The sooner the family makes friends and acquaintances in the new town or city, the more likely they are to feel at home.
With some planning and a little assistance, relocating can go smoothly.