Making a job-related move, especially a long-distance one, can be extremely stressful if you go into it without having a good plan. You have to keep in mind all sorts of considerations if you want to have a decent moving experience. Not only do you have to deal with the ordinary matter of moving logistics, such as how many boxes to buy and what size moving van to rent, but you also have to consider the bigger picture. What will your life look like both during the move and once the move is over? Here are four things to keep in mind as you move that will help you find a good answer to that question.
- Cost of Living
Perhaps the biggest adjustment you will have to make deals with the cost of living in your new area. If the cost of living is higher in the region to which you have relocated than what you are currently used to, then you might have to find a way to cut certain expenses, especially if your new salary is less than your old one or if you’re still unemployed. Your rent or mortgage, the cost of gas and insurance, your grocery budget, and so on and so forth will all be affected by cost of living changes. Of course, if you move to a place with a lower cost of living, you might consider ways you could benefit from the money you save.
If you are relocating to a new city because you received a job offer, one of your considerations will include location – where will you live? When looking for a place to live, keep in mind your commute, in addition to other factors like cost, safety, and nearby amenities. The closer you can live to your new job, the less stressed you might be as you commute back and forth. Of course, you might have to consider whether or not you’re willing to deal with higher property and rental prices, especially if your new job is located downtown.
The amount of time the move should take you versus how long it will actually take you are rarely one in the same. You should try to plan for any problem that might affect your timeline. For example, if the moving van is late to your new place of residence, how will you respond to a few extra days without furniture? Now imagine not having furniture for the first week of your new job. The length of time it takes to move will directly affect your ability to either function well at your new job, or keep up your job search. If you keep in mind that the move could take longer than expected, you’ll have the right mindset to deal with any emergency you might run into.
- Company Assistance
Finally, before you agree to the relocation, you should look into your new company’s policy regarding how much assistance it will provide new employees who must relocate. Many companies will offer some help, so be sure to talk about this as you negotiate your hiring contract.
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