6. How have others handled the transition? Find out from those who went before you. Contact someone from the company who transferred to the new place you'll be working and living in, Levit suggests. Hoping to lure you to the job, a company hand may give you a more sanitized version of events.
To balance out the advice you get, and for a possibly less-filtered description, Levit recommends that you also "get the 411 from somebody who's in a similar position to you that relocated who's not in the company."
Moreover, Levit says a Google search that combines the words "relocation" and the name of the area could also help fill in the blanks to your questions. Visiting travel message boards might also help. "See what people are buzzing about online in terms of whether it was a good move or not a good move and for what reasons," she says.
7. What will the day-to-day be like? Spending winters in sunny Southern California is lot different from spending them in ice-cold Chicago. "A city that one person could love, another could hate," Levit says.
Weather is only one daily attribute to consider. Take into account how commute times and other daily rituals unique to the location may affect not only your work routine, but your personal one. "You want to make sure that the overall location is a good fit for your life because you're only working a certain percentage of the day," Levit adds.
8. Can you visit or stay beforehand? Reading about where you'll live via a pamphlet or website is no substitute for actually being there. If possible, travel to the place for a brief visit before saying yes to the employer. "It's really important not only to visit but to almost embed yourself in the local area and the culture and really try to develop the perspective that you would have if you were living there," Harrington says.
9. Have you done your homework? Relocating can have a major impact, both in the long and short term, on your personal and professional life. Be sure you've sufficiently analyzed the move from every angle. "The more information you can find out, the more educated a decision you can make," Harrington says.