Moving to a new area is a big life change that comes with a lot of unknowns, which is compounded when you’re moving for work. That’s why it’s a worthwhile exercise to ask a few important questions before agreeing to relocate for a job. In the section below, you’ll find some of the most important things to keep in mind while you’re contemplating whether or not to move for work. Naturally, you have to decide whether or not the job is a good fit for you, but once that decision has been made, these are the things you’ll want to think over and discuss with anyone else that will be affected by relocating.
Are Relocation Costs Covered?
Many companies that are asking that you move to a different area for work will be more than happy to assist with the financial hardship of moving. Some companies may offer a straight stipend for you to spend as needed, while others may cover housing or moving costs. A few of the big companies out there may even have housing accommodations available while you get situated. This is ultimately part of the total offer package, which you should consider as a whole, rather than just looking at the salary and benefits.
What’s the Cost of Living?
Along the same lines of considering the total offer when relocating for a job, you’ll also want to see how far your money will stretch in your new city. In many cases, relocating to an area with a lower cost of living can offset an equal or lesser paycheck, which you should look carefully at. There are several online cost of living comparison sites you can use to get a ballpark idea of what your costs will be compared to where you currently live.
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How Good Is the School System?
If you have kids, then you definitely need to keep them in mind when moving to a new city. If you take some time to familiarize yourself with the local school system, you’ll get a good idea of the type and quality of education your kids will receive. Even if you don’t have kids or plan to, it’s still a good barometer for finding the right neighborhood when you move. Desirable places to live tend to have a quality educational system that reflects the core values of the community at large.
What Sort of Social Life Will You Have?
One of the bigger challenges of moving to a new city or region is that you’ll likely have a much smaller social circle. If you don’t know anyone in the area, you’ll have to start building those connections from scratch. When assessing whether a new city is right for you, see what kinds of clubs, hobbies, and groups are popular so that you’ll have an easier time forging those all important social connections. If you happen to have friends or family in the area, reach out to them to get their input as they may have valuable information that you can’t find elsewhere. Likewise, having someone you already know and are comfortable with can make the transition much easier when you arrive.
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What Activities Are Available?
Just as it’s important to meet new people after you move, you’ll also want to get an idea of what sort of events and activities are popular. Even small to medium sized cities tend to have annual events, especially in the spring and summer months. Finding out what goes on in your future town or neighborhood is a great way to get a taste of the culture before you move there. It’s also a great way to meet new people and feel more established once you’re settled.