You’ve finally got your dream job, but it’s across the country. Now what do you do? Sometimes the actual act of moving can be the most stressful thing about relocating for a job. But that shouldn’t deter you from being excited about your new job. So, if you want to have a successful transition, here’s what you’ll need to do:

Know the Cost of Living. There are significant differences in the cost of living across the US. Usually you will be compensated for that difference in your salary, but it doesn’t hurt to know and make sure that you are getting paid fairly.

Know What’s Available to You. Make time in your day to learn about the resources that are available to you and use them! Many companies offer a variety of relocation services. Ask your employer if they will pay for your relocation. If your employer typically doesn’t offer relocation assistance, try asking for it anyways. The worst they can do is say no, right? However, before you ask we recommend researching moving costs (moving company quotes, storage, etc) so you can present a detailed estimate to your employer. We also recommend asking about preferred partners for relocation services. Your company may have established relationships with relocation companies that may offer you a discount.

Get to know your new environment before you move. If you are lucky enough to get a chance to visit and explore your new city before moving, do it! If you are not able to visit the new city before you move, try talking to the people that live there or have lived there. You should also read any local publications or local blogs to understand the vibe and to be informed on events that are going on in your new city.

We hope this post was helpful. Good luck with your move and new job!