Relocating for a nurse practitioner job is an exciting endeavor. Perhaps you are moving to unchartered territory, enthusiastic to meet new people and experience another area of the country. Or, maybe you’re heading back home, the comfort of close friends and family motivating your move. Whatever the circumstances, if you’re relocating for a new nurse practitioner position, there’s a lot to consider as you make your move.
Relocating is costly. Getting all your stuff from point A to point B can cost thousands of dollars, depending on the distance of your move. According to the American Moving & Storage Association, the average cost of an interstate move is about $5,630 and the average intrastate move costs $1,170 depending on how much you take with you. Many employers offer assistance covering these expenses. It’s important to think about the true cost of your relocation before signing an employment agreement, so you can negotiate a better moving package if necessary (on that note, here’s how to find a nurse practitioner job when you’re broke).
As you calculate the cost of relocating for your next nurse practitioner job, don’t forget to take these expenses into account:
1. Planning Your Move
Before your big move, you’ll likely need to visit your destination to work out a living arrangement. Whether you plan to purchase a house, rent an apartment or crash with a friend, a trip or two to your new locale will likely be necessary. If you have a family, you may also need to travel back-and-forth to look at schools and check out childcare options. Ask your new employer if travel associated with planning relocation logistics is covered by your relocation package.
2. Moving and Storage
Hauling your belongings from one state to another will comprise the bulk of the cost of your move. You may also need to purchase temporary storage in your current location or destination if your living situation is in flux. Moving companies offer a variety services to help transport your things. Some may even box up household items for you. Compare the cost of these packages and choose the one that maximizes your relocation allowance to avoid any unnecessary packing hassle.
3. Vehicle Shipment
If you’re moving very far, you may consider outsourcing the transportation of your vehicle rather than making a lengthy road trip. Don’t forget to include this expense as you think about how much relocation will cost you.
4. Temporary Housing
Moving rarely goes smoothly. For example, you may be left with an awkward gap between the date you sell your current home and are able to move into a new one. Rather than succumbing to homelessness, you’ll need to find temporary housing and budget for such a circumstance.
5. Breaking Your Lease
Accepting a new nurse practitioner job may leave you in a lurch with your landlord. If you’re vacating your rental home or apartment before your lease is up, you’ll likely need to pay to break the contract. Consider the penalty for breaking your lease as you determine the cost of your move. If the fine is a budget-breaker, look into subletting your place for the remainder of the lease term- with your landlord’s permission, of course.
6. The Finer Details
Relocating is not only accompanied by no less than 1,000 trips to Target for unanticipated household item needs, other small transactions also come along with the transition. Professional cleaning fees and utility hookup charges are just a few of the small ticket items that go along with relocation. Work these items into your relocation budget as they quickly add up.
The bottom-line? Moving is expensive. So, carefully craft a budget and stick to it as you plan to relocate for your new nurse practitioner position. Let the process be an adventure, but not in the way it affects your wallet.
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