When your employer asks you to make a temporary relocation, you can expect a lot of advantages. Often, employers will reward individuals willing to make the sacrifice with a bonus or job promotion. That being said, this situation also presents a few concerns. You may wonder what to take with you, where to live, and more.
If you worry about committing to a relocation, rest assured that the transition can be made smoothly. The information below will serve as your survival guide as you make a decision and move forward with the process.
Negotiating Your Arrangement
If you hope to make the most of your temp relocation, negotiations are a key step. As we’ve said, employers will often reward relocated employees for their sacrifice. Maximize your incentives by asking for the following:
- A Paid Visit to the New Location. You’ll want to scout schools and find a place to live prior to making your move. Feel free to ask your employer if he or she will fund a short visit to the new location.
- Compensation for Your Move. Don’t feel shy about asking for financial compensation during your move. Your employer may help with the costs of travel and hiring a moving company. Just make sure to keep your requests within reason.
- A Bonus or Higher Salary. The way a company treats their relocating employees will often impact their recruiting efforts. For this reason, you may expect to obtain some sort of bonus or raised salary.
The key to getting what you want in a negotiation is making your case. If your employer sees your requests as an investment, they will more likely meet your needs. Take the time to explain how the money you ask for will ultimately benefit the company.
Deciding What to Take with You
If you’ve settled on an agreement and decided to temporarily relocate, the next step will involve packing. Depending on your situation, you may need to bring only a few things or all of your belongings. As you determine what you need, these tips will help:
Tip #1: Plan on the Essentials
At the very least, you’ll have to take a few essential items with you. Necessary medication, personal documents (SSC, birth certificate, etc.) and your business wardrobe represent a few of the items on your checklist.
Tip #2: Consider Your Climate
When the move is only temporary, there’s no need to take your entire closet. Consider your climate as you decide what clothing to take and leave behind. You should also ask yourself which recreational activities you’ll participate in. Will you need your golf clubs or skis?
Tip #3: Find Out about Your Living Arrangement
Perhaps the most important step will involve learning about your new living arrangement. Will your space be furnished or unfurnished? If furnished, you can go ahead and find a storage solution for your current furniture.
Finding a Temporary Living Arrangement
Your employer may determine living arrangement. If, however, the responsibility is left in your hands, consider the following options:
- Normal Hotels. If your temporary relocation only lasts for a few weeks to a month, a regular hotel may be the answer. Keep in mind that this solution costs the most and doesn’t offer amenities such as a laundry room.
- Extended-Stay Hotels. If your stay lasts longer than a month, consider an extended-stay hotel as your solution. With these facilities, you’ll have the advantage of a kitchen and shared laundry room.
- Rental Apartment or Home. Finally, a rental apartment or home will be your best choice. That is, if you can find a rental agreement that fits your timeline. This solution will allow for optimal comfort and allow you access to features such as cable TV and internet.
Finding a living solution is not easy, so you’ll want to get started on this step as soon as possible. If you have questions or concerns, get in touch with local resources. A moving company or real estate agent will be able to lend a helping hand.
You’ve packed up your belongings, said your final goodbyes to your neighbors, handed your keys to the new owner, and piled into your van. It’s time to trek across the country to your new home.
If you’re traveling with kids, here are a few ideas to keep your children entertained and happy during every leg of your trip.
If your kids are prone to dizziness or car sickness, purchase a book on tape or CD. You can also stock your smartphone music store with a wide assortment of books so your children can sit back, relax, and let their imaginations run wild. Popular children’s audiobooks include the following:
- “The Twits” by Roald Dahl
- “Fortunately, the Milk” by Neil Gaiman
- “Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone” by J.K. Rowling
- “The Great Cake Mystery: Precious Ramotswe’s Very First Case” by Alexander McCall Smith
- “How to Eat Fried Worms” by Thomas Rockwell
Audiobook narrators have a way of instantly drawing readers in, leaving readers captivated throughout the entire book.
Special note: Don’t forget to bring an auxiliary cord. Without one, you won’t be able to plug the audiobook into your car’s speaker system.
Lights, camera, action. If your car doesn’t have a DVD player, don’t worry. You can purchase a portable DVD player for under 50 dollars and set it up between the driver and passenger seat so every child can see the screen. Popular movies include:
- Diary of a Wimpy Kid
- Princess Diaries
- Chicken Run
- Fantastic Mr. Fox
- My Neighbor Totoro
If your children aren’t close in age, ask your older kids to occupy themselves with different types of media. You might consider allowing your older kids to use your smartphone or tablet for movies, games, and other fun apps.
If your kids tire of movies and books, play one of these road trip games to keep them happy between states.
- Restaurant game – Find fast food restaurants along the way. Pick one fast food restaurant (Taco Bell, Burger King, McDonalds, Arby’s, or Wendy’s) and have each player choose a different fast food restaurant. You earn a point every time you spot the restaurant on the side of the road, on exit markers, or on billboards. Set a time frame and when the clock runs out, the player with the most points wins.
- Telephone – Have one child think of a line or story and whisper it into another child’s ear. Pass the line or story along until everyone in the car hears it. When the last person hears the line or story, let them repeat it out loud and see how much it varies from the original line.
- Twenty questions – Ask one child to think of a noun-person, place, or thing-and invite other players to ask that child one yes or no question (“Does it bite?”). After 20 questions, each player gets to make a final guess. The person who guesses correctly wins. If no one guesses correctly, the person who thought of the noun wins.
To make travel time a breeze, bring a cooler with plenty of snacks and beverages for the entire family. If you constantly have to deal with one son whining because another son stole his cookie, make a special snack case for each child and set ground rules. Here are a list of things you might want to include in the personal snack case:
- Sunflower seeds
- Dried apples
- Chocolate chips
Make sure to stop for meals every few hours so you and your kids can consume something more filling than snacks. Although the prospect of a cross-country drive might seem daunting, keep your kids happy (and keep yourself sane) with a combination of the audiobooks, movies, games, and snacks listed above.
Whether you’re neck deep in Mr. Darcy and Elizabeth Bennett’s love affair, you’ve just reached the most interesting argument in your medical journal or you can’t take your eyes away from the records of Malcolm Gladwell’s latest social science experiment, it’s time to break away from whatever book you’re reading and turn your attention to packing.
You hate packing, do you? Join the club. To many homeowners, packing seems like a never-ending activity full of boxes, tape, and labels. Fortunately, there is one way you can keep your mind, heart, and soul active while you slave through the various drawers and chores on your packing to-do list: utilize technology.
You live in the Information Age-information is at your fingertips. If you’re the type of person that isn’t a fan of packing and likes to learn on the go, you’re in luck. Technology allows you to kill two birds with one stone and learn a thing or two while you clean out drawers, tape boxes closed, and load furniture into your truck.
Grab your smartphone, log into the app store, and download the TED Talks app. This app has a collection of hundreds of different TED Talks that you can listen to while you pack up your belongings for a new adventure.
“How many brain scientists have been able to study the brain from the inside out? I’ve gotten as much out of this experience of losing my left mind as I have in my entire academic career.” – Jill Bolte Taylor
No medical journal or research findings that deal with the brain come close to Jill Bolte Taylor’s experience as a neuroanatomist turned stroke survivor. In her 2008 TED Talk, Taylor walks her listeners through the feelings and emotions she experienced during her own stroke.
Bolte Taylor was able to tap into her brain as it lost each of its functions, including memory, speech, motion, and self-awareness. Not only is Bolte Taylor’s experience fascinating, but it also helps listeners understand what it felt like to be a brain scientist who used her own stroke as a springboard into some of the most valuable scientific research available for medical professionals.
Tune in to hear how, as an unknowing scientific guinea pig, Bolte Taylor turned her terrifying stroke experience into a stroke of insight for the medical research community.
Tony Robbins, the life coach and self-help guru, has one goal: he wants to know why you do what you do. When Robbins took the TED stage in 2006, he asked the audience what “invisible forces” motivate them to move, to grow, to learn, and to work.
What motivates you to move, grow, learn, and work?
Download this episode to discover your own answers, to learn more about motivation.
Sir Ken Robinson, an international advisor on education, has one thing on his mind: creativity. In Robinson’s 2006 TED Talk, he wants the world to rethink the way our schools are educating our children. Listen in as he speaks to the audience and makes a case for creativity in the school system.
If you don’t want to listen to an entire TED Talk during your afternoon of packing, you can log into the app store on your smartphone and download the TED Radio Hour app. The host, Guy Raz, compiles talks and interviews a host of speakers on the same topic for one hour.
If there aren’t enough hours in the day to check off your packing checklist and do activities that will keep your mind active, rely on technology to help you multitask while you pack. Although it doesn’t take much brainpower to pack belongings and secure boxes with tape, a TED Talk will make the time go faster and help you keep your mind active on the go.
Have you used TED talks to pass the time? What would you add to your “must listen” list? Comment below and let us know!
Moving when pregnant isn’t ideal. The packing and walking involved in the moving process may lead to painful back aches and swollen ankles.
Although it won’t be a walk in the park, you can still move while pregnant. If you plan for the moving day thoroughly, you can avoid the stress and body pains. Use these tips below to plan for a smooth, stress-free move for you and the baby.
Find a New Doctor
You may find that your new home is too far away to continue visiting your current doctor. A few weeks before you move, find a new doctor in your new area. Do your best to find a new healthcare provider similar to your previous doctor. You can ask your doctor for healthcare providers that they would recommend.
Once you find your new doctor, call his or her office to book your first appointment. You will need to take copies of your prenatal file and medical records to your new doctor, so make sure you get these from your old hospital before you move away.
Organize Important Documents
You should know where your important documents are at all times and have them available in case of an emergency. Pack them in an overnight bag that you plan to keep with you. These documents may include:
- Birth certificates
- Social Security cards
- Homeowners insurance
- Health insurance
- Closing papers
- Immunization records
- Pack a 3-Day Bag
Many pregnant women find they have a few items they can’t live without. Whether you prefer a body pillow or a specific snack, keep a few needed objects with you during the move. You may also want to include lotion, food, and comfort items in your bag.
Pack enough items to last you at least three days.
You will find these items will bring comfort and reduce stress while you’re between houses. Having needed items on-hand will also save you from frantically searching through boxes to try and find your favorite lotion at the last second.
If you have children and you’re pregnant, arrange childcare for the days while you’re moving. Once you start packing for the move, life will get even more hectic, and you may not have time to call someone. You can save yourself a fair amount of stress by having a babysitter come watch your kids while you focus on packing and organizing.
A babysitter ready may also come in handy if your baby comes before his or her due date. Make sure you start researching babysitters in that area well before the move. Arranging childcare in advance will reduce stress and give you enough time to interview plenty of babysitters.
Take Care of Yourself
If your family or friends offer to help during your move, don’t hesitate to say yes. Although you may not ask for help very often, moving while pregnant should be your one exception. Your main goal should be to take care of yourself and the baby. Stay as relaxed and stress-free as possible. Your physical and emotional state can have a huge impact on your pregnancy, so take care of yourself during the moving period.
Get plenty of sleep and stay out of extreme temperatures. Take breaks from packing and drink plenty of water. Never exhaust yourself. You may also want to try eating citrus fruits to enhance your strength and energy. Schedule naps and go for relaxing walks. Plan extra time to regain your physical and mental energy.
No matter how much rest you get or how well you take care of yourself, you should never lift heavy objects during pregnancy.
For a safe pregnancy, consider hiring a moving company to pack and take away your home items. A moving company will keep your baby safe and reduce pressure.
These tips will help you and your baby have a stress-free move. If you feel well enough, you can try to help with the move more, but always pay attention to your body and never overwork yourself.
The children of Wheaton World Wide Moving employees were able to experience a day in the life of the moving industry for Take Your Child to Work Day on Thursday, April 23. The students who took part in the one-day event at Wheaton | Bekins not only sat with their parents and mentors to learn their job role, but also participated in activities designed to highlight each department’s function in the company. The day included interactive activities, such as building an advertisement, programming a computer program, assessing claims damage, and conducting customer service training. The students also participated in a packing relay and toured a moving truck. The day concluded with a stop at the Wheaton | Bekins store where the students purchased items with their day’s “pay”.
Here are some pictures from the day below:
Blog is provided by Kristy Hessman of HotPads.com
Cap and gown season is nearly upon us. And for many new college graduates, the next step after accepting a diploma is to accept a new job in a new city. And that, inevitable, means moving.
Moving to a new city can be overwhelming, particularly finding an affordable apartment in a neighborhood you love.
New data out from the rental website HotPads can help new graduates moving to new cities and starting new jobs find the most affordable neighborhoods in which to start their rental search.
Say you are graduating from Purdue University with a degree in civil engineering and you’ve just accepted a job in Chicago. How much can you afford to spend on rent on your salary? And what areas does that mean you can rent in?
Civil engineers between the ages of 22 and 30 make an annual salary of $70,000 in the Windy City. That means neighborhoods close to Chicago’s downtown and Loop areas are fairly affordable. Such graduates will spend about 21 percent – $1,250 per month – on rent in Lincoln Park and an estimated 28 percent – $1,625 per month – in the Lake View neighborhood.
Law school graduates, who plan to move to Los Angeles, will start in careers earning an estimated $50,000 per year. Those individuals wanting to live in the beach towns of Malibu and Santa Monica, however, will have to spend 66 percent and 54 percent of their respective salaries on rent to live in those areas. Law school graduates will spend 32 percent of their salary – or $1,316 per month – in the popular Silver Lake neighborhood.
Those who are looking to move to New York City and want to move into an affordable flat would be wise to steer clear of the pricey Manhattan neighborhoods, particularly Greenwich Village and the Upper West Side. These areas could eat up more than 75 percent of a new grads gross salary, depending on their profession.
A teacher moving to New York may want to head to the neighborhood of Astoria in Queens where they will spend 34 percent of their gross salary on rent as opposed to 80 percent renting in Midtown Manhattan.
Soon-to-be college grads can search interactive maps in Atlanta, Boston, Chicago, Dallas, Los Angeles, Miami, New York, Philadelphia, San Francisco, Seattle and Washington DC to find information on some of the most affordable neighborhoods in those cities.
HotPads also compiled a Rent Here Not There “cheat sheet” for new grads moving to cities throughout the US.
Explore all of the cities by profession, by clicking here.
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Although many people worry about forgetting something during their move, this usually become a problem. More often than not, the little scrapes and stains around your home that put a real damper on your move instead. Whether you rented or bought your home, it’s in your best interest to leave things in the same condition as you found them. Likewise, no one wants to damage their own items or new location upon moving.
You have plenty of things to protect in any type of move. From the walls and furniture to flooring and valuables, you want to keep them all pristine. Do your best to prevent common moving damages by reading the five techniques below.
1. Pack Valued Items Beforehand
Whatever matters to you, keep it well out of the way before the loading process begins. Many people make the mistake of packing valuables last, but this causes problems. Keep cherished possessions safe by packing them at the beginning of your packing process. Such items could include:
- Family heirlooms
- Cutlery, dishes, and other glass items
- Expensive appliances
- Artwork or photos
After these valuables are out of the way, you can rest easy and have a more organized space to work with. Of course, everything should receive a secure packing before actual loading begins. By focusing on valuable items first, you can keep them safe from any accidents.
Talk your local Wheaton agent about moving valued possessions prior to your move.
2. Obtain Appropriate Floor Coverings
Whether you’ll have to move over tile, wood, carpet, or all three, take measures to protect your floors. Not only are floors subject to scrapes and cracks, but heavy foot traffic and dirt as well. The following items work well to protect most flooring types:
- Flattened cardboard boxes
- Capet film protectors (plastic sheeting)
- Moving blankets
- Doormats to wipe feet on before entering the premises
No matter what flooring type you decide on, you have to secure the edges. This will prevent dangerous sliding that could lead to injury. Fasten plastic or fabric sheets to prevent bubbling, as this may cause you to trip.
3. Plan Ahead
This general technique incorporates several essential aspects to help prevent moving damage:
- Measure the space you have vs. objects to move
- Obtain sufficient moving help
- Dismantle and empty furniture when possible
If you know what spaces you’ll have to with, you’ll have far less wall scraping. You can also prevent dropping or dragging too heavy items if you have the appropriate amount of power behind the lift.
Employ spotters and never try to lift something too heavy by yourself. As for larger furniture pieces, dismantle them as much as possible. True, you may have to make more trips this way, but you’ll definitely avoid severe injuries and damage to the building.
4. Protect Door frames and Walls
As careful as you or your movers are, slips can still occur. Doorframes especially tend to take a beating during moves, since they see high traffic and movement. You can buy corner or doorway pads to keep things chip-free, or just use your own towels and tape.
You should also wrap covers over furniture edges and corners. That way, you can create twice the amount of padding between your walls and items. These types of padding include:
- Mattress covers
- Bubble wrap
- Furniture blankets
- Corner guards
Just visit a local hardware store and ask about moving supplies. There’s a whole world of products you can use to protect your items as well as the new and old location.
5. Trust Professionals
Moving isn’t something most people do every day, so you can easily make mistakes. Chances are you’ll receive much more satisfaction from your move if you leave it up to the professionals. You can still use all these techniques to prep your house or business as well as items.
You get what you pay for, so think about hiring a professional moving company to help you complete a damage-free move.
Employ professional moving services while using these strategies to minimize moving damage.
Moving an office or business is a huge event that takes careful planning to execute successfully. If your company is planning a move in the near future, there are certain things you can do to make the experience easier on everyone. This includes you, the administration, employees, movers and anyone else involved. Simplify your life by using the four tips listed below to achieve a successful corporate move.
1. Book a Moving Service Early On
What does it mean to start planning your move “early on?” The truth is, the larger your company is, the more time you’ll need to nail down the details. For a company of around 200 employees, you should be discussing moving rates at least four months in advance. This will give you plenty of time to choose a moving service that fits your needs and budget.
- Pricing and estimates
- Damage protection options
- Pre- and post-move inventories
- Delivery service guarantees
- Boxes and other moving materials
As soon as you know what to expect from the company, you can make an informed choice about which moving service you’ll employ. Once you’ve made this important choice, stay in touch with the company to confirm dates and prices as well as to plan your ideal moving strategy.
2. Communicate Throughout
Communication is key to a successful move. Establish clear expectations to your moving company and employees. Every single person should be responsible for a specific job. Likewise, every single item should have a place. Make your team of employees and movers aware of these preferences so they can meet them.
Give each department a checklist of things to accomplish by certain dates before the move. This will keep things clear and prepare you for the big event. As long as everyone knows their assignments beforehand, you’ll achieve a smooth moving process.
3. Get Organized
Packing is what everyone thinks about in connection with moving, but it’s just the tip of the iceberg. In truth, packing is one of the final steps in the moving process. What will increase efficiency is preparing items (and employees) in advance.
Have each employee start with their own personal area. Instruct them to pack away any loose items. This should prevent any messy mishaps. Next, have each department head manage the organization of their products, area and items. Companies have lines of delegation and authority for a reason, so use them to your advantage.
Make sure you take special care when packing office décor. This includes artwork, curtain rods or blinds, rugs, etc. It’s useful to give your moving service a list of fragile items and how you would like them packed and transported.
4. Emphasize Safety for All
As an employer, the last thing you need during your corporate move is for someone to get injured. Take steps to train on the latest safety policies before the move, and provide all the necessary equipment. This could include back braces, dollies, lifting instruction, and thick gloves.
One important way to prevent injury consists of arranging packed items and boxes according to weight. Placing things in their proper category on moving day is always helpful, too. You should also create a sensible moving path from your location to the moving truck. Anything that makes things easier on the movers will help your move go off without a problem.
Follow safety protocol and take precautionary measures to protect yourself and others from potential accidents. Consider each of these four steps as you prepare for your office relocation. When you do, your move can be successful for both the movers and the employees.
Contemplating a move involves countless worries, if you let it. The best way to lessen stress during a move is to start planning well in advance. Some people get lucky and have several months or even a year with the knowledge that they’ll be moving. Use this time to your advantage.
Many factors impact whether your move ends up going smoothly. If you’re lucky enough to choose your own moving date, there are definitely some things to consider. Whether you’re looking to keep a tight budget or just want to be sensitive about your children’s needs, think about these things ahead of time. Read on to find out the four main questions you should ask yourself regarding your move date.
1. How much money should I save?
This is quite an important issue for countless families. A move can be expensive, especially when you take into account home closing costs, relocation expenses, etc. Even emotional costs matter. So how can you achieve a successful move without breaking the bank? One of the main ways to complete an affordable move is to notice trends in the housing and moving market.
As a simple matter of supply and demand, most moving companies are extra busy during the warmer months. If you are moving in the Northern Hemisphere, realize that May through September are peak moving times.
The busier movers are, the higher prices are and the harder it is to book a slot. You can avoid a lot of headache by scheduling your move during off-peak season, which can range between October and March. Although, if your priority is to move when no one else is, you’ll be safe between November and January.
2. What does my schedule require?
Next, consider the actual date of your move. We’ve discussed seasons and peak times, but not the time of the month or week. When it comes to moving, you’re best looking for a weekday in the second or third week of the month.
Both residents and businesses want to avoid losing work hours, so they schedule moves for Fridays and Saturdays. As a result, weekend moves will be harder to schedule. Leave you and your moving company plenty of time by going with a Tuesday or Wednesday, if possible.
To avoid paying another month’s rent or mortgage, people always are scrambling to move at the end of the month. You’ll get the best scheduling and lowered expenses by choosing the early weeks of a month. Consider these issues with your schedule to make the best choice.
3. What’s the weather going to be like on moving day?
Consider your current climate and seasonal weather conditions, along with that of your destination. If you’re moving internationally, this is especially important to consider. No one likes moving or traveling through a horrific snowstorm, so protect yourself by checking the weather.
If you’re moving to Florida, consider hurricane season. This might affect your moving date differently than if you were relocating to Arizona or even New England. Be aware of weather and travel conditions for a safe and well-planned move.
Those with children know that moving can be dramatic, and sometimes upsetting. If you want to be sensitive to your kids’ needs, think about how the move affects their life. They’re in school, so would it be better to move during a break, or right smack in the middle of a year? Whatever you decide, consider your family’s needs? Try to avoid moving before an important event in your child’s life, and keep in touch with their friends if possible.
You should also avoid moving around big holidays, since your child might lose their excitement with the move. Issues like these that can make or break your move, so try to consider each one before settling on a move date. Base your move date off of your prioritized concerns, so you can have the best possible experience.