When companies need to move employees who are also homeowners, they have to make the transition as painless as possible (or risk losing a valued asset). UrbanBound is a Chicago-based professional relocation group who know the landscape. “Even the most hands-on HR departments in the world can have too much on their plates to give relocation the attention it needs,” they point out. Thus the $16 billion relocation industry!
If you’re contemplating a relocation to the Portland metro area any time soon, even without the services of a specialist, there’s much we can learn from the do’s and don’ts they offer. Here are some key don’ts:
Don’t Overestimate the Commute
If relocation to Portland will find you entering unfamiliar territory, don’t rely on MapQuest to tell you how long your drive to work will be. Take a serious look at public transportation, too, as you choose where you want to live in relation to your new job.
Don’t Overestimate the Raise
When you are relocating, the difference between a $30,000 and $45,000 salary (or even $70,000 and $100,000) might actually amount to a decrease in real earnings. When you’re considering cost of living differences for a relocation to or from Portland, don’t be tempted to stop at the obvious living expenses, like housing and food. Will you be doing more holiday traveling to visit those you left behind? Will the kids wind up in private schools if available public schools aren’t up to snuff? You’re looking for all cost differences…which can go the other way, too!
Don’t Ignore Key Findings
The experts mention (politely) that not only do you have to do the research; you also have to accept the results. School quality really can vary. Even noise quality can be a factor that drives location. Best practice? Find out what people have to say about where they live, good and bad. When you plan a Portland relocation carefully, you’ll take advantage of your new opportunity while avoiding common oversights. And if relocation is in your future, we’re here to help you find the right — and practical — new place to call home. Contact us at (503) 389-0686.