It may be because of a new job with a better offer, a scholarship you were granted for your graduate studies, or just a choice that you made with your life partner — relocating to a new place is rarely an easy decision. The things to consider when faced with this life-changing move can be overwhelming: the cost of living in the area, the people, housing costs, good schools near you, the social scene — the list goes on. But, the key is preparation and setting your expectations.
Do Your Research
Moving to a new place can be nerve-wracking. And it’s not the moving-to-a-new-apartment-a-few-block- away-from-your-current-home type of moving, but relocating to a different city, perhaps in a foreign land, overseas, a thousand miles away from where you are from. If you’re thinking of moving to Australia, for example, maybe for a job, it is necessary that you weigh the pros and cons of relocating. Before anything else, do your homework. Ask yourself the following questions:
• Am I okay with the climate?
• Can my new salary support my lifestyle and the cost of living in the area?
• Is it safe there?
• How is the public transportation?
• Is the company doing well?
Don’t accept a job in a heartbeat just because the offer sounds good to you. Consider the stability of the job and the quality of life the new place can offer. Pointcorp suggests doing a relocation evaluation, then decide: Is the move worth all the risks?
Are your loved ones okay with the move? If you’re single and your family and loved ones do not really have a say whether you move or not, it’s a bit easier for you to decide. You’re only making a decision for yourself, so you can start looking for apartments for rent or penthouses after you accept the job offer or the scholarship.
But, if you’re married (with kids or not), that’s a different story. The decision will change their lives, too. Make sure they are on board with the move.
Relocating is a big step. You’ll be turning over a new leaf — with or without your family. Don’t rush into making this decision; it can make or break you. Take a step back and evaluate.