So you want to relocate. Moving to a new location is often seen as a daunting task, so here are some tips and pointers that I learned when I moved across the country.
- Do your research. Whether you are moving for family, work, or just a change of scenery, be sure to learn about the location.
- Check the weather: Can you deal with 100 degree weather? What about a 6 month winter?
- Natural disasters: What kind of emergencies are most common? Are you ok with the possibility of dealing with a tornado?
- Crime rate: Several different websites will give you a good idea of the crime rate of the area, Neighborhood Scout will even show you the breakdown of suburbs and neighborhoods so you can choose a safe neighborhood to move.
- Cost of living: This is a big one, but luckily sites like Numbeo make it easy to compare prices between two cities. There can be a big difference between living in states like California and Wisconsin, so make sure your finances can handle the move.
- Finding a job. If you are moving for work then this is no big deal. But if you are going to need a job upon arrival, then it might be best to do some job hunting prior to the move. Sites like Indeed are a great way to see exactly what’s available in the area. Here is a great resource for Job Hunting. Landing a job before you even move can take a load of stress off!
- Another great option is to work with a staffing firm that can help find and place you in the right role. Staffing firms will know the local market, what companies are hiring and which companies you may be the right fit for.
- Finances. Make it a priority to save up at minimum a month’s worth of expenses (including the cost of rent at your new location) this will help alleviate stress while you settle in, and gives you some padding in case something happens with the job or living arrangements.
- Living arrangements. Obviously you need a place to stay when you arrive. You can make temporary arrangements at a hotel (I would plan for staying at least a week), or you can use a number of online tools such as Apartments.com to find a place and apply before you even move. Check out the online reviews if you plan on renting a place, they can often give you an insight into what to expect, including how quick maintenance is with repairs.
There will be stress when moving to a new location, but try not to worry too much. Enjoy the new experiences, try out some local restaurants, and see a different way of life. It’s a great time to start that new hobby you have been putting off, or getting back into the habit of working out. It’s a fresh start in a new location and with new people, make the most of it!
Do you have other tips? Leave them in the comment section below!