Two of the most stressful things you may ever have to do are changing jobs and relocating. Now combining those two makes for an even more traumatic experience. Relocating means venturing into the unknown. You will want to consider these factors beforehand.
Relocating is almost always easier when you’re single. The decision becomes much more complex when a family and close-knit group of friends are involved. You should think about all members of the family and how the change will affect your relationships. Also consider the job prospects for your partner. If you have children, you will need to research and investigate the local schools and childcare options.
- Moving expenses
Calculate just how much the move will cost. Hiring movers, shipping belongings and renting a truck may add up to more than you expected. However, if you are moving due to job related reasons many organizations offer relocation packages. Some of these organizations even cover the cost of a house-hunting trip and will pay for your living expenses until you find a permanent home.
- Cost of living
Even if you get a raise with your new job, it may not cover the cost of living expenses in a new location. You will need to consider all aspects of the expenses including housing costs, utility costs, insurance costs, tax liability (most states have income tax), transportation, child care, groceries and leisure activities. Also, you may want to consider whether or not you could afford to move back or relocate elsewhere if things don’t end up working out.
- Location, Location, Location
The location of your move will decide many factors including the cost of living and job prospects. Safety is an extremely important criterion for people to consider when relocating. You will want to look into the crime rate and additional related statistics. Also consider the weather and climate. Does it suit your preferences for hot or cold temperatures? Entertainment and fun are other considerations. Are there a variety of restaurants, museums, and other entertainment options?
- Job Prospects
Whether you are moving due to job related reasons or not you will want to consider the job prospects of the new location. If you do not already have a job, you will want to see how likely you are to find a job before or shortly after arriving. If you are relocating due to a job offer, you will still want to make sure you can find a different job in case the initial one doesn’t pan out.
- Language and Cultural Differences
Those moving to a different country will need to consider language requirements and cultural differences. Not speaking the local language will affect your ability to communicate with colleagues and almost everyone else who lives there. Are you willing to put in the time and effort needed to learn a new language? If so, how quickly could you pick up the local language? Regarding cultural differences, you will spend time researching proper etiquette along with embarrassing faux pas and make sure you can adapt to this new way of living.