How to Relocate


Relocating for a new job or simply to live in a new area is becoming more common as centers of industries shift to new locations. Finding a new job, a new home and perhaps new schools for children can be time-consuming tasks that are difficult to accomplish long distance. Information is readily available on several websites that offer solutions to problems such as moving and researching a new area.

Research communities that offer good job prospects and a low cost of living. The Relocation Essentials website (see Resources) provides information on demographics, income levels, climates and average commuting times for thousands of cities. Homefair (see Resources) includes a salary calculator to determine the income you might earn in another area.

Apply for jobs posted on career search websites, such as,, and If there is a particular company you are interested in joining, look for job listings on the company's website. Assure potential employers that you are serious about moving to the area and are willing to travel for interviews, as companies can be hesitant to hire out-of-towners in the event that moving plans fall through.

Compare selling prices for other homes in your area on or to decide your home's worth on the market. Talk to a realtor about strategies for selling your home for the most profit, even if market conditions aren't optimum. Consider other options as well if your home doesn't sell quickly, such as renting your house or offering it for sale in a rent-to-own deal.

Investigate local schools if you have children. Homefair provides detailed information on school districts, including cost per student, number of teachers and students in the school, language programs, advanced placement courses and availability of special education programs. Check with the state's Department of Education for information about standardized test scores.

Meet with a realtor in the new area and discuss housing options. Decide whether buying or renting a home is best. Renting is a good option if you are unsure about where you would like to live or if the move might be short-term.

Consider the actual moving process. provides a search feature for information about moving and truck rental companies in your area. If you will reside in temporary housing when you first arrive in the new location, ask the moving company about storage options.

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