Relocating For Work? What Assistance Is Available?

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If you're relocating to accept a new job or promotion, you may be concerned about the logistics of moving an entire household full of people, pets, and possessions -- while also adjusting to new coworkers and job duties. While you should be able to do most of the heavy lifting yourself (literally and figuratively) by renting moving trucks and purchasing sturdy boxes, you may not feel you have the time to adequately pack and ship your belongings. It can be hard, while also looking for a new home, listing your current home for sale, and going through the paperwork headaches inherent with both transactions.

Fortunately, there are now a number of moving and relocation services that can help reduce your stress by taking on certain duties and responsibilities on your behalf. Read on to learn more about the resources available to help make your move as simple and streamlined as possible.

Packing and shipping services

One of the most inconvenient aspects of moving is living out of a duffel bag (or a motel room) during the potentially lengthy packing and shipping process. Pod or container shipping is an inexpensive option that may help you get your belongings from Point A to Point B as quickly and safely as possible. By renting a shipping container, rather than a moving truck, you'll be able to have items packed and loaded at your leisure and avoid paying a moving crew to accompany these belongings across the country. Instead, your shipping container will be picked up by a cargo truck or trailer and either shipped by plane or train, where it can be unpacked by a local moving crew quickly and efficiently.

Having your belongings packed and unpacked by a professional crew can also ensure you don't inadvertently run afoul of any laws. Several provinces have their own laws and regulations on the importation and transportation of food, certain types of plants, paints and potentially hazardous chemicals, and other substances. Professional movers are aware of these regulations and will ship your belongings in a way that complies with all applicable laws, helping you avoid a potential conflict with local law enforcement after you've arrived at your new home.

House-hunting and selling assistance

If most of your moving headaches revolve around finding a new home (or finding a buyer for your current home), there are services to help ease this stress.

Selling your old home can often be the linchpin upon which your future purchase plans are based. You may not qualify for a mortgage while you're still carrying a mortgage on your old home, and you may be depending upon some of your current home's equity to put down as a deposit on your new home. In other cases, property values in your area may have dropped significantly enough that your home is underwater, and you could be facing the prospect of bringing money to the table simply to be rid of your home.

Fortunately, in either situation, you may be able to sell your home to a relocation company -- avoiding managing the listing and negotiation processes yourself. This relocation sale can give you the cash needed to pay off your mortgage and put a down payment on a new home without depending upon the ebbs and flows of your local market, or being required by a buyer's agent to make certain repairs before your transaction can close. If your home is underwater, the relocation company may be able to negotiate a loan modification or other agreement with your lender that can minimize the amount of money you'll need to provide to the bank before sale.

On the other end of the spectrum, purchasing a home from a relocation company can bring with it a number of advantages. These homes are generally competitively priced, and are usually move-in ready -- unlike other homes, which could require repairs or maintenance the seller refuses to perform prior to closing. By ensuring these minor (and sometimes major) matters are handled pre-sale, you can avoid playing DIY homeowner during the period of time you're still adjusting to a new city and job.

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