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10 To-Dos Before You Move for Work

10 To-Dos Before You Move for Work

Christine F. Della Monaca | Monster Staff Writer

May 25, 2010

Whether it’s on your own or for a specific job offer, you need to move for your career. The idea can be exciting yet frightening and overwhelming at the same time.

What do you do first? How do you make sure you get everything done and ensure your move is as hassle-free as possible? According to Diane Wirtz, a Realtor with Realty Executives Boston West in Massachusetts, here are 10 to-dos before you move.

Ask Your Employer About Relocation Benefits

When moving for a specific employer, it is always a good idea to check with your benefits coordinator regarding relocation services. Many large employers have relationships with relocation companies that offer great financial benefits, such as covering moving expenses and closing costs and even providing a buyout option if your home does not sell prior to your move date.

Pick the Right Realtor to List Your Home

An experienced real estate agent will give you a realistic estimate of not only how much your property will sell for, but also how long the process will take. Choose a Realtor with whom you can work well and who has a strong plan for marketing your home.

Be careful not to fall into the trap of hiring the agent who suggests the highest listing price. While everyone wants to see a profit, the expected sale price should be supported by comparable sold homes in your area.

Check Out Your New Home

As soon as you know you’ll be moving, start surfing the Web and looking at community profiles local to your new employer. Perhaps one of the most important factors in your decision will be understanding the local economy and housing market. You may be excited about landing a new job with a higher salary, but if the local economy is significantly more expensive than the one you’re coming from, you may find yourself further behind financially rather than ahead.

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