Relocating employees is an
increasingly common tool in
today’s business. While uprooting can be traumatic and
stressful, there are steps one
can take to ease the transition.
Take advantage of employer-provided support. Many companies offer relocation assistance. Services may include
financial assistance, assisting with temporary housing and moving
costs, connecting employees with local Realtors, and arranging
informational meetings with community leaders. Check with your
human resources department to find out what services are available.
Learn about the area. Do as much research as time allows before
making your first site visit. A good starting point is www.austinrelo-
cationguide.com, the Austin Relocation Guide website. You’ll find
information on schools, transportation, parks and recreation, shopping and much more. Another site to visit is www.austin360.com,
where you can find current and upcoming events, fun places to visit
and local news. Your Realtor’s own company website is another good
source of links and local information.
Seek out local experts. On larger group relocations, some
companies will pair transferring employees and their families with
a local, who can serve as a personal “tour guide” of the city.
While a lot of fact-finding can be done online, nothing replaces
personal visits to the new home city.
But you don’t need to be part of a large relocation to get a
personal tour guide. Area Realtors, who work with hundreds of
new Austinites every year, are often the first on-the-ground point of
contact for newcomers. Their familiarity with neighborhoods and
the local market can help families narrow their home search quickly.
It’s important to get a local’s perspective on things like schools,
traffic patterns, crime, taxing entities, and proposed new developments that may have an impact on a property’s future value.
In addition, as longtime
Austinites, many Realtors love to
show off their favorite restaurants, shops, parks and entertainment hot spots that make
Austin so special. Whether it is
a recommendation for a pediatrician or hairstylist, or top picks
for best Mexican food, your
Realtor is likely ready to help!
Get connected. Once settled, the best way to start feeling at
home is to meet others and get involved. Walk the neighborhood,
especially during hours when neighbors are likely to be outside.
If your neighborhood has a homeowners association, ask about
neighborhood events and groups. Perhaps there’s a book club,
fitness class, or mother’s day out program.
Houses of worship are a another great source for newcomers to
get connected. Local publications like Austin Woman and the
Austin Chronicle list upcoming meetings and events, for everything
from yoga and kayaking, to jewelry beading and journaling.
How about taking a class? No matter what your area of interest, you can meet people from all walks of life, and from all
over Austin, at The University of Texas informal classes, www.infor-
Take in the new surroundings. As you get settled, take time
to explore Austin. Many of us have lived here for years, and
never visited the Harry Ransom Center or toured the LBJ
Library. Austin has many great gems, it’s no wonder the area’s
population continues to grow. Find out where Round Rock got
its name. Take a dip in Deep Eddy Pool. Watch an Austin
City Limits taping. There are limitless ideas for great outings –
Austin-area Realtors want to do everything possible to make your
transition to the Austin area enjoyable. As the Lyle Lovett song
says, even if you’re not from Texas, Texas (and Austin) wants you
anyway! Welcome to Austin!
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FIVE TIPS FOR A PAINLESS RELOCATION
Written By J.Rene; Ward