Just landed your dream job, but the one downfall is that it’s a good 500 miles away and requires you to up sticks and relocate? Don’t worry!
Sure, relocating for a job, whether solo or with a family, can be an extremely stressful experience. It requires a lot of consideration, careful planning and organisation before you set a date for the big move, but it can also be an extremely rewarding and self-evaluative challenge.
Moving any distance can be one of the most stressful changes in life, and even if you’re excited about making your new start, the move will still be complicated – especially with a job focused move. A positive to relocating however, is that you have in fact been recognised as a valuable asset to your new company and employers will be willing to help you in your transition, making it as stress-free as possible.
There are so many things to take into consideration before you commit to moving, and the process of finding a new home, getting to grips with a new job and making new friends may seem like the biggest challenge of all.
Here’s a quick guide to what you’ll need to do in order to make it a successful move and hopefully the best option for both employment and quality of lifestyle.
Make a plan
Much of moving related stress comes from managing all of the logistics involved with packing up and moving home. Estate agents aren’t your only option if you need to sell your house fast, and although the concept of leaving your current home, and finding a new one in a short space of time can be extremely stressful, if you remain organised and keep daily to-do lists for both your current and future locations – you should be able to keep on top of everything.
Use the professionals
Many companies are available to help you, and are professionals in relocation services to help you with the transition. Many sure you research the help on offer, and use it! Companies such as Sterling can offer you support and advice throughout your move – and even offer house hunting help, transportation of your cars and help to find a school for your spouse and family.
If your employer doesn’t offer relocation assistance, ask for it!
If you learn that assistance isn’t typically given from your new employer, don’t be afraid to request some help (especially if you are relocating long distance!) Start by researching the cost of removal vans, temporary housing, storage etc so that you can present your employer with a detailed estimate of how much the relocation is going to cost you. Even if they can’t reimburse you, they may be able to help you in other ways through advice and help from business relationships etc.
Be aware of the cost of living
There can be dramatic differences in the cost of living throughout the world. Often, these differences will be compensated for in your salary, but it is still so important to check before you commit to a move that may leave you financially unstable.
Explore the new area
If you have the time to visit your new city before you move, make sure you fully explore your new area and decide whether or not it will suit you long term. If you don’t get a chance to visit the city before you move, talk to people who live or have lived there and keep up-to-date with local news and goings-on in your new town. A great tip if you are not sure whether or not you will be happy in your new city is to rent a home for the first few months. By not committing to a house, you have the ability to move around and find the best location to suit you and your family.
Make friends as soon as possible
Especially if you are moving on your own, try to make new friends in your area as quickly as possible to avoid feeling lonely and out of your depth. Ask work friends out for a drink after work or join online services to find people in your new area with similar hobbies and interests to yourself. The faster you build a support network, the happier you will feel and become more settled in your new home.
Moving for a new job can be stressful, but it doesn’t have to be. Stay organised and ask for help, after all, it may be the best decision you ever make, and if it isn’t – home will always be just where you left it!