Often, people tend to move permanently either to a different city or even to a different country. The reasons are different. Sometimes it is for love, other times it is because of the so called 'traveler's itch'. However, a lot of folks relocate because of certain job opportunities.
If you are considering a move, there are a few things to think about before jumping at the opportunity. Even if the job offer is a good one, one you believe you shouldn't miss, there are still some factors that can affect your move and require some considering.
1. Friends and family
Think about how your closest people will react to the news that you are moving. Both your immediate and extended family. And don't forget the friends as well. Remember that money isn't everything. A good relationship is worth more than anything else.
2. The cost of living
Never forget to consider this. Even if the job opportunity sounds really appealing to you, contemplate on the other factors, mainly on your new place of residence. There usually is a vast difference between living in a city/country where the cost of living is way cheaper and living somewhere you need more money to make end meet. In other words, the salary you are about to receive needs to be relevant to the money you need for your everyday expenses and bills. Even if your future salary would be more than enough for you at your current city/country of residence, it could be barely enough to make ends meet in your future home city/country.
3. Taxes of property
This pretty much files under the 'cost of living' category. If you reside
in the States and think about moving to a different state, you need to know
that many states have different property taxes. The differences between them
might range from as little as 10% to as much as 50%. So, it could be considered
either as an advantage or a disadvantage.
You know how climate changes a person's mood. So, it might not be the best
choice to move from a sunny place to go
somewhere cold and gloomy. However, the opposite is still not the smartest
move, relocating to a year-round hot location. This, again, is deeply
intertwined with the money issue, as your electricity bill might go through the
roof due to the extensive cooling or heating you will have to do in order to
maintain your new home's temperature
Once you move, your life is not going to be all about your job, right?
There is plenty to do outside working. Familiarize with the place you will be
moving to, in order to see if it basically appeals to you. Do some research
whether there are enough things happening there in a social aspect – if there
are spots where you can meet new people and make friends – bars, discos,
concert venues, hobby clubs, etc.
6. Job security
Is your future employer reliable? Are you sure that you will still be at your workplace a couple of months after you move? After all, a job is a crucial element of your life and if you lose your job, you will be bound to go back, which is an additional hassle. Do not even think of permanently moving for a seasonal job. What you need is assurance. Undertake a moving only for a reliable and trustworthy job, one you have signed a contract for.
In case your job is not too far away from your current home, consider
commuting for a while before you actually move. This is done as a sort of a
precaution. In order to give your job something like a 'test period'. What if
things don't work out? Either for you or for your employer? You will be left at
a new place without a job. A not very nice situation to be in.
8. Legal matters
If your job offers comes from abroad, bear in mind that things are a bit more different when it comes to working in a foreign country. Different countries have different laws according to this matter. In most cases, a work visa is required. So, if your future employer can provide you with one, you will be at ease that everything is going to be OK. Do not even think of trying to fool the foreign country's laws.
Amber Collins is a professional content writer, blogger and specializes in everything related to house removals and relocations in Clapham. Housewife and dedicated mother, she is passionate about everything related to home improvement and organization and believes that her home is her sanctuary.