Relocating for a job can be really exciting; we all long to live in a different place and get to know new things and if your job provides you with this benefit then you are one of the lucky ones. Having said that, it’s important to also say that it’s perfectly normal to be stressing over this bigmove.
Relocating is stressful because there are just so many things to consider and so many decisions to be made, and as if that wasn’t enough, you have the whole starting-work-somewhere-new factor to also stress you out. But in order to make this move as easy as possible on yourself you need to take a deep breath and understand that all it needs is a little bit of planning.
1. Make Detailed Lists
Moving means that you need to make major decisions about so many things, from whether you should be looking to rent an apartment or a house to what moving company to use to relocate your furniture. Since there are so many things to consider it’s important that you take the time to make a detailed list about everything you will need to do.
Start with an expenses list as your budget will affect every other decision you’ll need to make. Count in everything you’ll need for your relocation and then move on to the next list of important decisions, such as whether you’ll be renting a house, or if you’ll be subletting your apartment in the city you are currently in etc.
2. Ask What Kind of Support Your Company Provides
Most companies will provide you with some kind of support when relocating, whether that’s the budget for the moving company, or renting you a place, it’s important to know what they’ll be willing to do for you. If they haven’t discussed the matter with you or given you some sort of sign on what they’d be willing to pay for, ask if they provide some kind of support.
If you find that they are reluctant to provide you with some kind of support make sure that you ask for something, even if you can’t get them to help you with your moving expenses, if you can get them to agree to an extension of your starting date this can be a major help for you.
3. Do Your Research
Moving to a new place involves making major decisions about your living situation and in order to make these decisions you need to do your research. Start with finding the best neighbourhood to move in. You don’t want to move to a scary neighbourhood and you don’t want to move to a neighbourhood that will be too far from the office. Take into account what people say about the neighbourhood, how long the commute will be and narrow down the area you believe is suitable for you.
But don’t just restrict your research to your living situation, do your research and make informed decisions about everything because your future happiness will depend upon the decisions you make at the beginning.
Relocating for a job can be super fun but it can also be pretty stressful. Make sure you take into account everything beforehand like major decisions, expenses etc., and once you get these things out of your way you’ll be able to enjoy your relocation all the more.
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