So you just landed your dream job, or got offered an amazing new career opportunity – but there’s a catch. You have to move interstate for the job. There’s no need to see this as an obstacle in the way of a promising step up the career ladder, but rather to see it as a fresh start in an exciting new city.
Well you’ve got the job offer, but where do you start when planning to relocate?
The planning and preparation process is a lot less complex if you’re single, but there’s obviously a lot more to consider when you have a family. What will your partner or spouse do for work? Where will your children go to school? Where will you all live?
Here’s a list of do’s and don’ts before relocating for a job.
Find somewhere to live, even if it’s only a short-term arrangement. Moving to a new city can be unsettling, especially for a family. Finding somewhere to stay, at least for the first few months will make moving seem more exciting and less stressful.
Don’t assume everything will work out. Your dream apartment won’t fall into your lap. Your partner might not get a job in your new city. Your kids might not want to move. Be prepared to put in some effort to make the situation work.
Ask your new employer if they offer any relocation assistance. Whether this is pitching in to pay for a professional moving
service, or looking for short-term accommodation options.
Don’t forget to tell your family and friends to come visit. Moving to a new city can be a great adventure, but it can also be painfully lonely if you don’t know anyone. Having a familiar face to come visit that you can show around your new city will help settle any homesickness, while also giving you a chance to explore your new home a bit more.
Try visiting the city before you move there to scope out neighbourhoods, potential properties to lease or buy, and even schools for the kids. If you have a partner, this could also provide them with an opportunity to interview for a job.
Don’t forget home. Just because you’ve moved away, doesn’t mean you can’t return for a visit, especially if you still have friends and family living there.
Hire a professional removalist to pack, transport and deliver your furniture for you. You already have enough to organise when relocating, so give yourself a break by leaving this highly stressful, time-consuming task off your to-do list.