When a career opportunity knocks, it sometimes asks you to make bold moves and make them quickly. A situation that frequently comes up along these lines is a job opening that comes out of nowhere with a current or new employer, in which everything is perfect — except the job is in a new part of the country and you’ve only got a month to relocate.
Job relocation is stressful enough without time pressure, given the number of activities that have to be worked out and coordinated, seemingly all at the same time. When you’re under time pressure, it’s easy to become frantic and overlook important details — such as making sure your new home has electrical power when you cross the threshold, and not forgetting to have the USPS forward your mail. These details can become major distractions when you are trying to settle into your new job, at the very time when you need to make the best possible impression on your new boss and coworkers.
The infographic below, Checklist for an Easy Job Relocation in 30 Days or Less, will help you make your transition to your new job and new living situation happen smoothly, despite the time pressure. It lays out 12 critical items to take care of, in rough chronological order. While there will still be a fair amount of work to do after you internalize the infographic’s checklist, you will sleep better knowing you have a plan and nothing important will create undue stress two or three weeks down the road.
The two biggest items on the checklist in terms of importance are, not surprisingly, selling your current home and finding a new one. The time required for completing these activities is hard to predict. The first home your realtor shows you in your new area may be the house of your dreams, or you may find nothing you like in the first month and need to arrange temporary accommodations at a short-term rental property or at a hotel.
On the sell side, timing can be just as unpredictable, but you can take control of the timing, as the infographic explains, by selling your home to a property company specializing in buying homes “as-is” for cash at a fair price. This is a great option to take a big “to-do” item off the table and give yourself more time to make sure all your other relocation tasks are executed to perfection.
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