What do I do now?
Daniel T. Bloom SCRP
You have accepted your "dream" position and you are scheduled to report for work. What do you have to do now to complete the move?
Relocation is a traumatic event. Studies over the years have indicated that you are entering the third most stressful event in one's life. The only other events, which cause more stress, is the death of a spouse or a divorce. Over the next roughly 420 days you have three hundred separate activities that must be completed before you can be fully productive in your new position. We can divide these activities into several general areas. To give you an idea of what you can expect, here are the general areas and some of the activities that need to be completed.
Pre-Move: These activities occur within the first 90 days of the process
Defining the time of the move
Contacting a real estate broker
Gaining information about the transfer benefits
New area assessments
New community/home search: Occurs between day 30 and 90
Assess the new community
Apply for the mortgage
Look at possible new residences
House hunting trip(s)
Spouse job hunting
Disposition of old home: Occurs between day 45 and 150
Determine the value of the residence
Make any repairs
Assessing offers on the property
Determining the tax impact
Moving Out : Occurs between day 90 and 150
Determining what is to be moved
Closing all accounts
Changing all addresses
Pick up children's medical and educational records
Settling In: Occurs between day 90 and 180
Arrange for temporary living
Pay utility deposits
License cars and pets
Find doctors and hospitals
Register to vote
Get new drivers license
Get wills revised
Settling up: Occurs days 120 to 420
Pay all moving costs
Get refunds from old insurance policies
Review tax records for moving expenses
Relocation can be very stressful. It also can be a time of new adventures. Try and create a checklist of the things that need to be done as you make the move. We will all forget something but the checklist can assist in minimizing those stressful items that are overlooked.
Daniel Bloom is President of Daniel Bloom & Associates; Inc, a company who specializes in providing custom designed relocation services to corporations nationwide. By going to our website athttp://dbaiconsulting.com you are welcome to join our relocation-issues mailing list. Ask your peers about your relocation questions. You can contact Dan Bloom at email@example.com or by telephone at 727-581-6216.