Moving to a new city can be an intimidating prospect; new people, new job, a whole new world. Whenever you relocate to a new city, you are bound to be stressed out about the transition. The whole ordeal often leaves people shell shocked for the first week or so. The stress of moving is unavoidable. But a lot of heartache can be prevented if you keep a few practical things in mind.
It might sound like a no brainer, but before you move to your new city, make sure you have a job waiting for you when you get there, and that you have the job offer in writing. There are several cons and fake companies floating around on the internet, make sure that what you have lined up is a legitimate job. You don’t want to go through all of the stress and expense of moving only to find out that that senior marketing executive job you have been offered involves cold calling senior citizens to sell them miracle aging remedies.
You should also make sure to find out as much as you can about your new city. Try to determine if you really want to live there. If you grew up in the Kansas countryside, Philly might not be the pace for you. Familiarize yourself with your prospective city’s cost of living. A $25k per year salary might be fine in Yakima, Washington, but it won’t get you too far in Manhattan . If you can, schedule a visit to your new city before you move. This can help you get a feel for the place, but it can also give you a chance to find (and inspect) your new apartment before you move into it.
Develop a moving budget, and plan out the financial aspect of your relocation. How much will it cost to get a moving company? What about packing supplies, transportation, move-in fees, and other incidentals? Is your new employer willing to pay for any relocation costs? Can you get a tax write-off for the moving expenses?
Employers often know how hard it is for a new employee to adjust to the workplace. This is particularly true of people who have recently undergone a move to a new city. You can be overwhelmed, and this could impact your work. Be sure to talk with your boss and coworkers about any hang-ups that you might encounter, they will be great sources of advice.
Finally, there will be several details which you will have to work out. The more you do in advance, the better. Be sure to make all necessary arrangements the utilities, enrolling children in school, or setting up the cable and internet. Does your current bank have a branch in your new location? Is it nearby? If not, you need to transfer your funds to a new account. Be sure to forward your mailing address and stop by the DMV to get your new license or register your change of address.
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Moving can be a very stressful event when you don’t plan ahead, so don’t waste more time and get started planning your move