Relocating to a new city or state is a part of professional life. It may be for a new job or a new position, whatever may be the reason- leaving one’s own place is a big decision. You have to make certain adjustments in the new place like finding a house on rent or buying one, building a social network, getting acquainted with new surroundings and establishing a place for yourself at the new workplace. All these things are new and you have to adjust to all this ‘newness’ at the same time. It is not going to be easy for anyone. If you have friends and relatives in the new place, they may help you but you yourself have to do the maximum.
No doubt, relocating for a job is stressful. And if you are relocating along with your entire family, things become a lot tougher. How to sell off your old house, find a new job for your spouse if they are working, find schools for your kids etc. will take a lot of your time, money and energy. Thus you have to make strategies for successful transition. You must address your fears and insecurities in clear ways before steering your career in new direction and stepping in your new life.
Read on to know how you can go for a hassle-free transition:
1. Take care of your finances: Shifting from one place is really expensive. You need to consider your savings and set aside a good amount for the coming times. You will need that amount during house search, paying rent, monthly expenses for the first one or two months and also for some emergency situations.
2. Gather information about the cost of living in different parts of the state: In accordance with the previous point, it is imperative that you research about the standard of living in the new place. The cost of living may be slightly higher as compared to where you are located now. Although you will be getting a better salary compared to your earlier job and the difference in the cost of living will be easily compensated, it is important that you plan your expenses accordingly.
3. Make to-do lists for every big step: You have to stay organized. And the best way to do this is to make a list of all the things. Suppose you want to search a new home. Make a to-do list of contacting brokers, contacting friends, visiting some homes virtually, paying brokerage and so on. Both for your departure and arrival, keep such lists handy.
4. Remembering old friends: Friends will always help you. You will find one friend or the other who will help you in exploring your new world. Use social networking sites in the best possible way to reconnect with old friends. Messaging and video chatting are also great options, if you are not able to meet them. If you can make the chance of meeting up with any one of them before moving, talk to them regarding what type of locality or apartment you are looking for. Thus you can explore the neighbourhood before you actually move.
5. Relocation services: Shifting your belongings from one state to other can be pricey. It is better to know what type of assistance your company is providing. Is it going to cover all the expenses? Relocation services may differ from one company to other, but almost all of them will pay some relocation cost. You can get the full reimbursement either in the form of a benefit package where the company will mention the relocation service cost or a lump sum. If your company is not providing any such assistance, you must ask for it after researching on all the probable expenses and having a detailed estimate for every category like temporary accommodation, transportation , quotes from renowned packers and movers etc.
6. The job of packing: Packing is one huge task, not many of us like to perform, since it is not for any holiday. Now that you will go through all your belongings, you need to carefully decide which things you do actually need. Try to be clutter-free while packing as this will help you in sorting out things later. Buy packing boxes of different sizes so that you can put things accordingly. Labelling should be done in detail. For example, put all your casual clothes in one big box and formal suits in another and label them with ‘casuals’ and ‘formals’ respectively. Thus you need not be exhausted and waste time in searching for the smallest thing.
If you are going to stay in a hotel or a friend’s place for the first few days till you get your permanent place, put the things in storage or use those form the boxes. Do not pack and move things twice.
7. How to find an apartment? This is probably the most difficult task. As discussed earlier, talk to some friends regarding the places they prefer. Think about your preferences, that is, what type of lifestyle you prefer and select an area based on that. For example, if you like quieter surroundings go for a locality that is in close vicinity to the edge of the city. While house-hunting, take one friend, colleague or relative who knows the area and can negotiate with the broker or owner on your behalf.
8. Say “No” to any long-term commitment: It is not a good idea to buy a home even before you have moved or just after moving. Can you guarantee your relationship with the company will be a long-term one? Are you sure you will absolutely love your new life and don’t regret your decision? You cannot predict what will happen. Don’t commit to any long-term lease before gauging all the aspects of your new surroundings and job. Renting for the first 6 months or choosing temporary corporate housing is better.
Along with all these tips, you must think about your family, kids, future of the new company, cost of living and climatic conditions of the new place etc. and then take any informed decision.