Relocating for Work: What You Need to Know
Getting offered a job in a new city can be equal parts exciting and nerve-racking. Leaving behind everything you know can be a scary thought, especially if it means moving to a city significantly farther away. If you do decide to take the job, here are some things you should know before making the big move.
Plan out your budget
Moving is expensive, especially if you’re moving to a city more than just a few hours away. Because of this, it is important to plan out a budget and stick to it. Factor in the cost of renting a moving truck, hiring movers, and any new furniture you’ll need to buy once you get to your new home. If you’re moving across the country, you’ll want to factor in the cost of a plane ticket, as well as how much it is going to cost you to ship your belongings to your new city. Moving to a new city can be more expensive than you may realize, so being prepared with a budget will give you peace of mind that you’re ready to move.
Secure a new home
It is important to find a place to live before you get to your new city, so make sure you have that in order first. If you’re relocating to Columbus, Ohio for example, try taking a trip out there if possible and look at homes. Physically visiting the place you’re moving to beforehand will help you familiarize yourself with the neighborhood, and you’ll feel more comfortable when it comes time to actually move. Before landing on a home, there are a few factors you should consider. How far the commute is, the safety of the neighborhood and the attractions of the surrounding areas are all important things to think about in the early stages of moving, so make sure you’re not skimping in this area.
Make connections in your new city
If possible, try reaching out to your future colleagues in your new city and introduce yourself. Chances are they’ve already heard about you, so making an introduction is a great way to break the ice and establish a relationship before you get there. LinkedIn is great for this purpose, as it allows you to connect with people you’ll be working with and casually make a connection before meeting them in-person. You can also go the extra mile and look into local clubs and organizations that interest you, and be sure to introduce yourself to your new neighbors as well!
Relocating for work is a big deal, and there are tons of things you need to have in order before you leave. One of the most pressing matters you should prioritize is finding a doctor in your new city. Oftentimes there is a long wait list for doctors to see new patients, so start looking in advance. Other details, like switching your health insurance (if necessary) and deciding whether you will be bringing your car or ditching it for public transportation are also important things to think about, so be sure to have these all in order before you move.