Tips for Lawyers: Moving to a New City for Work

By Vanessa Holwell | April 27, 2022

Moving to a new location for work can be an exciting time. The fresh start is often a chance to find the house of your dreams and set it up in the way you desire. However, moving comes with challenges and stresses, from picking out a home to packing up, from which lawyers aren’t exempt: between the stresses of daily living and work, moving can be doubly challenging for them. So you need to strategize.

It’s important that you start planning for the move as soon as possible. These tips from will help reduce your stress and make the move more pleasant.

Find a Home You Love

Of all the things you’ll need to do when moving for your career, finding the perfect home is tops. This will take some work because you need to find one that suits your needs and that’s in a good location. Before you reach out to a real estate professional in the area, it’s a good idea to make a list of the must-have qualities you’re looking for in a home.

There are several things that you need to think about. You can separate these into three categories – must have, would like, and not important. Consider these questions:

  • How many bedrooms and bathrooms do you need? Think about rooms for you and your children, as well as for home office or playroom spaces;
  • What neighborhoods are you considering? Consider factors such as commute to work, quality of the school system, distance to public transit and stores, and amenities like parks; and
  • What features would you like in the home? Think about things that will make your home more enjoyable, such as a pool, a large backyard, an open floorplan, or a sunroom.

Plan the Move

Once you know where you’re moving, you can start to plan the move. It’s probably easiest to avoid the heavy lifting by using movers. Make sure you’re working with a reputable company. Check out their references and reviews.

Some movers will pack and unpack for you. If you pack yourself, be sure to pack things securely. In either case, label the boxes clearly to ensure they go right where they need to in the new home.

Set Yourself Up for Success

Setting up your new home will take time. Some spaces, such as kitchens and bathrooms, will be a priority. So will a home office. Focus on those areas and then use your extra time to get the rest of the house set up.

Vanessa Holwell and her husband, Rick, are the co-founders of, a forum for sharing advice on how to get hired, providing job search resources, and giving you the tools you need to get the job you want.


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