So, you are super excited about landing the job that you have dreamed about for years. Sure, it’s in a different city, but it’s a great, life-changing event, and you are looking forward to having a new workplace, working with new folks, honing your skills, and, of course, progressing in your career.
But you’re presumably also a bit worried about moving to a new job. What will your new office look like? How will your new colleagues treat you? And, most of all, what will it be like to relocate to a new city?
Fortunately, there are several ways in which you can make yourself comfortable in a new city.
Here are 6 things you should do to make sure your transition to a new town is a smooth as can be:
1. Plan, Plan and Plan Some More - The Key to Surviving a New City
Before you even begin thinking of moving day, you will need to spend time planning and strategizing your move. You must think about the primary factors of any relocation, things like finding new housing, managing your finances, and meeting new people. These should be, without doubt, the high priority items on your planning checklist.
Let’s go ahead and explore each of these aspects in a bit more detail:
2. Find a Good Place to Live
Let’s take the example of Natalie Kruger, who had to move to a new job in Huntsville, Al. When it came to finding housing, she did the smart thing: she didn’t make a long-term commitment. Instead, she chose to rent out a place for a fairly short period of time. The idea was to get in, explore the city, check out what different neighborhoods had to offer, and then choose a place to her liking.
So, basically, if you are not all too familiar with the locality, consider moving into a temporary accommodation. Sublets are a good option, as are month-to-month leases. Once you settle in, go ahead and explore the area, then choose a long-term accommodation based on your preferences, such as a quiet or a busy neighborhood, proximity to various facilities such as laundry, health clubs, places to eat, and shopping, and the effect the place would have on your daily commute.
3. Calculate How Much Money You Have How Deep Are Your Pockets?
Your financial situation is another major thing you need to consider when you plan to move. It’s no secret that moving to a new place, especially to a new city, is an expensive proposition. Make sure you appropriately budget for all possible obstacles, including the ones you have not accounted for. This basically means you need to create a cash reserve for all unpredictable expenses. Creating a moving budget and a moving expense list are necessary tasks.
If you have a lot to move, it is definitely advisable to hire the services of a professional mover to do the job for you. This will cost money, so make sure you have enough to afford the moving services before you sign the moving contract.
4. Plan How to Meet New People
That’s right – moving to a new city brings in a whole new opportunity to meet new people, make new friends and expand your network. Think about clubs and associations that you can join and about places you can go to meet people. This need not be at the expense of keeping your old friends, though. Thanks to the proliferation of social networks, keeping in touch with your family and friends is much easier now thanks to the Internet. Use cheap (and sometimes free) online video and phone calls, real time chat, and regular status updates on your favorite social networks to keep in touch.
You can even tap into your online social network to look for contacts who might be residing in the city. Facebook, LinkedIn and MeetUp are great for this. Through them, you can set up a time to meet up with people, discuss your new job, and get to know more about the place.
5. Get Rid of Excess Stuff
Relocating can turn out to be a cash-draining, stressful exercise, if not planned properly. One of the most common mistakes is moving with too much stuff. If makes moving more difficult and more costly, and it is a common characteristic of poorly-planned moves.
However, if you do plan properly, you can even reduce your stress and put money back in your pocket! Moving is a great time to get rid of all your junk; think about selling what you don’t need, or of donating it to charity. It not only can help you shed extra baggage when you move to the new location, but it can make your move less expensive.
6. Give Yourself Ample Time Before You Join the New Workplace
This takes a bit of planning (yes again) on your part. If you don’t plan, you might end up in a situation where you don’t have time to settle in before starting work. The more time you allocate to settle in, the better, because it is important to get to do a little bit of exploring, so you know your way around. While you explore, get to know the locals (neighbors, store owners, the guy at the fuel pump) who can help you familiarize with the new neighborhood. Don’t be concerned about asking for information, and direct conversations to learning about the best stuff around you and the best routes to take (i.e. what’s the fastest way to get from A to B?).
So there you go – we hope this helps take some stress out of your impending job relocation.
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