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Moving for a Job? Save Money with Smart Packing

Whether it’s added fees from the moving company or needing to purchase essentials you can’t find in the depths of your boxes, moving for a job can get expensive. But a little planning can help you make the best use of your time and money.

Is your employer helping?

At one time or another, most of us have had to pay the cost of moving on our own. But if your employer has included a relocation package in your job offer, you can hire a moving company without breaking the bank. However, they might not cover all the moving expenses, so there may still be some out-of-pocket expenses. If your employer isn’t footing some or all of the bill, a DIY move will save you a lot of money, but keep in mind that the added stress might not be worth it.

Pack with your new life in mind

As you assess what to bring and what to leave behind, remember that your new city or even your job might dictate what you should pack. For example, if you’re headed to an area like Arizona, you won’t need to pack your heavy down coat. And depending on your new job and where you’re moving, you may not have the time or space for certain hobbies — consider selling some of those items to make room for what’s most important.

Set your moving essentials aside

Make a list of items you’ll need when you first move in and set them aside so that you can make sure they travel with you to the new apartment. That’s what Peter O’Malley did when he moved from New Hampshire to New York for his new role. “Remember to pack a separate suitcase and/or garment bag with your best work attire. The last thing you want to worry about is not dressing appropriately for your first day in the office.”

And if your new job will require you to work from home every now and then, be sure to properly label all of your boxes so that you have everything you need for your home office. You don’t want to end up in the same situation as Nicole Cordero when she moved from North Carolina to California. “I could have sworn that I’d packed all of my work electronics in the same box, but I must have labeled the boxes wrong during the shuffle to pack everything up. Somehow my keyboard was in the same box as my hairdryer.”

Your moving essentials checklist

What are the absolute essentials you’ll need? The list is different for everyone, but you’ll probably need some of the following:

  • Basic cooking supplies
  • Dinnerware
  • Cleaning supplies
  • Work supplies
  • Personal and work electronics
  • Bedding
  • Toiletries

When you’re moving for a new job, be sure to keep these considerations top of mind so that you’re saving yourself time and stress.

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