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Divide and Conquer
Unless either you or your partner are one of those super-organized people who enjoys juggling myriad details, the fairest approach to relocation planning is to divide up all your tasks.
Say, one of you obtains and compares quotes from movers, while the other starts talking to realtors. And if your partner starts to seem overwhelmed, be ready to jump in and lighten the load.
Explore Your New Location Online
Part of the stress of moving is the unknown. One of the best ways to get past that is by learning about your new area before you arrive. Needless to say, you’ll find an overwhelming amount of information online.
Tip: if you’re using relocation software like UrbanBound, you’ll find carefully-curated, hyper-local information at your fingertips. These are the facts you most need to know: housing costs, school systems and neighborhood demographics. This can save you time, help you avoid misinformation and will reassure both of you.
Make the Most of Your House-hunting Trip
Chances are, your relocation benefits include a house-hunting trip. Not only must your partner go with you, but let him or her call some shots. When checking out properties and neighborhoods, be attentive to their input.
In addition, set aside some time and energy to explore the area. A few hours spent wandering a fascinating part of the city—or hiking in a national forest, if that’s your thing—can go a long way to making you both more excited about your upcoming move.
Help Your Honey Acclimate
Before the move, start listing all the sights and attractions you want to explore once you arrive—and be sure your partner gets first pick.
Following the move, encourage them to explore on their own terms. Be open and supportive. Be as interested in their day as you are in your own. Celebrate every small achievement.
If your partner plans to work after your move, help identify job-hunting resources. Does your employer offer any programs? Networking opportunities? Can your new coworkers recommend some great local employers or recruiters? Make it a team effort!
Talk, Listen and Show You Care
Relocating is exciting, but it’s an adjustment, and people adapt at their own pace. Even though you’re also going through this, reserve some emotional energy for your partner. Listen closely to what they say (or don’t), and be responsive.
Be sympathetic. Be solutions oriented. And compromise, compromise, compromise.
Keep in mind: when your sweetie agrees to relocate, they’re agreeing to uproot their life and career for you. That’s an amazing gift of love. Appreciate it, and treat it with care.
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