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Many people are excited by the prospect of a temporary work assignment or even a short term contract job in a new location. This would mean needing to undergo a temporary move, which will give you a chance to experience a new place and have a nice change of scenery. Of course, the best part is that you can still return “home” at the end of the assignment. Although such a move is not as intensive as a permanent change, there are some things needed in order to properly prepare.
Consider Employer Assistance
Depending on where exactly you are going, your employer may be willing to offer some additional compensation. The actual amount of help can vary greatly from job to job, but it might cover moving expenses, travel costs, and even some amount of temporary housing in your new location.
In many cases, this assistance will also vary based on your ‘value’ to the company. A more senior person in a more advanced position will most likely receive a more lucrative relocation package. Despite the fact that a large number of people would love the chance to take a temporary position (according to this Gallup poll), you do still want to conduct your own research. Understand what your responsibilities are before accepting the deal.
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Find Housing First
After you decide this is a move you want to make, the next step will likely be to secure some sort of temporary housing. This is a key step no matter who is footing the bill. There are a wide variety of options including apartments, condos, and even single-family homes in certain locations. Most will be fully furnished and likely charge according to either the night, week, or the month. Obviously, the longer term you are willing to commit to, the lower the rate will be (try and negotiate according to the minimum time you know your position will last).
Consider Your Services
Before making the move you should also think about the services you use regularly. Focus on banking and insurance first. Depending on your new location it might not be a problem to continue using your current bank. Then again, there might not be any physical locations in your new area. If so, consider if the possibility of online banking might work. Ensure that your insurance coverage will still be in force in your new location; if not, make arrangements to switch to something that will for the period of time needed.
Packing & Storage
Packing for your temporary move is a huge topic and will vary based on how long you are staying and what you have decided to do with your current home or apartment. Obviously, if your new place will be furnished this can cut down considerably on what you need to pack. Find out everything that is provided such as full bedding, cooking utensils, plates, silverware, etc…
Will you experience a change in climate? This will depend on where you are going and also how long you will be staying. Do your research and find out about the local climate. This should influence the type of clothes (and maybe also how much) you end up bringing.
Storage is also a consideration. This will depend upon what will happen with your current living situation. In some cases, it might mean selling a home or not renewing an apartment lease. If so, then you will need to remove all of your personal goods, possibly using a short-term storage facility to house them until you return. Once again, your employer might even pick up all or part of those storage costs.