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Relocating for work
If you're relocating for work it's important that you remember to do all of the below to ensure an easier move:
1. Ask about relocation packages
2.Work out the cost of living
3.Visit the new workplace
4. Find your new house
5. Let your utility providers know
6. Redirect your post
Lots of businesses will offer you some sort of help if you’re relocating to work with them, but may forget to mention it. You should ask this straight away as it will let you know exactly what help they can offer and make sure you don’t miss out. Some places will help fund your move and even contribute towards your rent for the first few months as you find your feet. You don’t want to miss out on this support, so be upfront and see what help they can offer you in your transition. Keep a record of any moving expenses, as they may refund these too.
Work out the cost of living.
The cost of living can differ hugely area to area, and even more so if you’re looking at moving abroad for work. If, for example, you’re currently working and living in Newcastle, but are moving down to London for a job, the cost of living will change hugely. Your wage will also change accordingly, but you should spend some time working out the cost of living in your new area and make sure that you’re going to be comfortable. You can always speak to your new employers if you’re concerned that your wage isn’t going to cover your cost of living, and they may have some leeway in your salary to fix that.
Visit the new workplace.
You may have visited the workplace when you interviewed for the job, but if you’re transferring from a different branch in the same company, you may never have seen the building you’re going to be working in. It’s worth doing this, as it will give you a good idea of the area and the commute that you will be doing. See how close you can find somewhere to live or look at transportation. Does the office have a car park if you drive? Is there a nice local café for you to pick up lunch? Get to know the place, as you’re going to be spending a lot of time here. This could also influence where you decide to work; you may decide you’d prefer to commute and live somewhere quieter, or want to live as close as possible if you like the area.
Find your new house.
Often, relocating workers will rent a property for the first few months of their job to decide where they would like to buy a house and live. This gives you more flexibility, as renting is a much easier process than buying and allows you to move much faster. You may decide to rent somewhere close to your office for the first six months and then look to buy after that when you’ve been able to explore the surrounding areas and see where you want to buy. To find somewhere to rent, it’s best to spend a day viewing several different places and not to commit to a property without seeing it, so organise visiting your new area for a day or two to find a rental property suitable for you. We’ve created a handy house viewing checklist and a moving house checklist to let you stay in control and organised every step of the way.
Anyone moving house will need to let their utility providers know that they’re moving, so you don’t get charged after having moved out of the property. You may be able to simply change your address with them and have them also supply your new property, saving you having to find other providers. Don’t forget the other contact that you’ll need to notify, such as your doctors and any online subscriptions that you may have. We’ve also created you a change of address checklist to make sure you don’t miss any important ones.
If you’re moving to a different country, there are other things that you’ll also want to consider. What’s the climate like in this country, are your clothes suitable or will you need to get a new wardrobe before you move? Do you need to get medical insurance in case of an accident? Is English a wide-spoken language in this country, or do you need to start learning another language? And possibly most importantly, how much of a culture shift is there? Make sure you do your research, so you know how your life is going to change when you move. Finding your feet in a new country is often incredibly difficult, so anything you can do to adjust before you go will make that transition much easier – and allow you to fit in with locals.
Redirect your post.
Even after using our change of address checklist, there may be a letter or two that slip through the cracks. Having your post redirected will make sure that you don’t miss out on anything important from anyone who wasn’t aware of the change of address.
Relocating for work is a huge change to make, but it can open up incredible opportunities and allow you to develop your career in ways you might not ever have considered before. If you’re currently trying to relocate but are having issues selling your current property before you go, get in touch with us today. We are here to help and can buy your house in as little as seven days, allowing you to start your new life in your new location and not have to worry about the house standing empty if it’s struggling to sell. Get on touch today for your free offer.