What to Do When You Are Facing a Job Relocation

Should I Stay or Should I Go?

A family with their boxes on a moving van.
How will relocating affect your family?. Sam Edwards / OJO Images / Getty Images

You are sitting at work minding your own business when you get a surprising memo from your employer. It begins by informing you that the company is relocating to another city. It is one so far away that you can't commute to it from your present home. Your breath catches as you immediately assume you are about to become unemployed. You keep reading only to discover that you aren't being let go after all.

You will still have a job if you are willing to follow them to their new location. Are you?

Do you want to pack up your family and move to an unfamiliar city or town? It will mean finding a place to resideĀ  and selling your current home if you own it. Your children will have to adjust to new schools and make new friends. In addition to all this, your spouse, who may be happily employed near your current home, must quit his or her job and start anew. Will he or she be willing to do that?

If you follow the news, you know this scenario isn't an unusual one. Companies often decide that they can operate more efficiently in another town and either hire a new staff in that town or take their employees along with them. Those who end up in the latter situation should consider themselves lucky because at least they have a choice, albeit not an easy one to make.

If your employer offers to take you along when they move, you must decide if you would rather relocate or would prefer instead to look for a new job in your current city.

There are many practical factors to consider such as the quality of life in the new city, the length of your new commute, job opportunities for your spouse, the quality of the schools your children will attend and crime rates. You will also have to think about the cost-of-living there versus your salary.

If it will be more expensive to live in your new city than it is to live in your current one, will your boss be giving you a raise to compensate for the difference. Then, of course, there are the personal issues to think about, for example leaving family, friends, houses of worship and other familiar things behind. What follows are resources that can help you with the practical issues surrounding relocating including those that you can use to compare the costs of living between your current city and the new one, find apartments, find houses and organize your move. Unfortunately, you will have to figure out the personal issues on your own.

Move.com

This is a free database of United States rental apartments. Includes rent, apartment features, and property features. Some listings even include a photograph. Very easy to search.

Moving

Get practical advice from Moving Expert Diane Schmidt. Learn how to prepare and budget for your move. Find out how to hire movers or do it yourself. See where you can get information about demographics, schools and crime.

Salary.com Cost-of-Living Calculator

Use this calculator to compare the cost of living in one city versus another. This nifty tool calculates how a move to a new city will affect your disposable income.

It also lets you know how your salary could be affected by the move since your rate of pay may increase or decrease because of local market factors.

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