Relocating for a job is a big deal. While at first it may seem like an easy process, you need to carefully evaluate all the pros and cons of moving. Whether its 50 miles, a thousand miles, or more, uprooting your life to start in a new city can be a great opportunity. But it comes with a lot of baggage. Here are 6 things to consider before you relocate for a job:
- How does the cost of living compare to your current town or city?
Although your job may offer you a relocation package that helps with moving costs and maybe even a significant raise for your new position, if you’re moving to an area with a significantly higher cost of living, the extra cash may not be enough. If you’re moving from a small town to a big city, you’ll want to find out exactly how far your new salary will go. Research what your new salary offer is equivalent to in your current town.
- How much will it cost for you to move?
Even if your job is providing you with moving and relocation assistance, it may not cover the entire cost of moving. If you’re moving far away, consider what you’ll bring with you and whether or not it makes sense to haul a large load of furniture and belongings across the country. If you’re renting your home, you’ll need to find out how much it costs to break your lease, if applicable. If you own your home, you’ll need to find out how quickly you can sell your house. And if you can’t sell your house, is renting your house an option? How long will it take to find and approve a tenant? Aside from the cost of moving your things and housing concerns, think about your immediate needs when you arrive at your new location. Is the climate the same as your current town, or will you need an entire new wardrobe? Is your new city walkable, or will you need to purchase a new car? Your list of costs will depend on a variety of factors. Be honest with yourself and make a list of all the things you’ll need in your new home.
- How does this relocation impact your career?
When considering a big relocation for a job, like the skilled migration program in Canada, you need to think about how it will shape your future. Are you receiving a big promotion, or are you changing careers? If you’re moving to a much smaller city, what will you do if you lose your new job? Think about the opportunities that will be available to you in your new location if the job you relocate for doesn’t work out.
- If you have a family, how will this move change their lives?
Moving your entire family, especially if you have children or other dependents, can be quite the challenge. If you have children who are in school, they’ll need to change schools and make new friends. Depending on how long they’ve been in their current school district, this may be an upsetting change to their routine. If your children need to change school districts, it’s best if you can plan the move around the start of the school year. This way, it will be easier to adjust.
- What will you do for the holidays?
Even if you don’t have kids or are single, you may spend time with family and friends during the holidays. How will that change in your new location? For far away moves, it may be logistically and financially difficult for you to come home for the holidays. Think about how you’ll feel about this when considering your move.
- How will this move change you?
Be very honest about your reasons for moving far away. Do you believe this move will help you in your personal development and growth? If this move will greatly improve your current quality of life and provide you with better opportunities in the future, then it’s probably a wise choice.
No matter what you choose, make sure you’ve carefully considered all aspects of your move. There’s bound to be surprises and hiccups along the way, but if your reason for moving is sound, then relax and enjoy the journey.
By Hannah Moses a contributing author for Rhino Sports & Leisure, LLC