Making Your Move A Happy Move

Moving is an adjustment, whether you are moving across town or relocating across the country.

Moving across town or to a new neighborhood may mean learning new routes to work, selecting a new dentist, and finding a new grocery store. It may also mean a change in schools if you have young children.

Moving across the country can be much more challenging. Relocation is rarely easy. But being prepared can help you make good decisions and ease the transition.

Here are some of the most common concerns:

• Spouse or significant other: Many
relocating couples are concerned
about finding work for the trailing
spouse. Some companies offer career
counseling and job placement.

• Children: Often children resent a
move. Researching activities and
getting the kids involved in the new
community will help them make the
adjustment. Some experts
recommend moving mid-school year
rather than waiting until summer. This
may enable children to make friends
faster.

• Costs: The cost of housing can be a
shock to a transferee. Many
companies have relocation packages
that help with the closing costs and
the cost of moving. This may be
something to negotiate with your
employer.

• Community: When relocating to a new
city, people often try to replace what
they left behind. Communities may
have many amenities, but they may
not be the same as you were used to.

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