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5 Mistakes To Avoid When Relocating For A New Job

5 Mistakes To Avoid When Relocating For A New Job

So you’ve just received a job offer for the job of your dreams. It’s everything you’ve always wanted. Higher pay, it’s in the field of your passion, you have s great respect for the company. What’s the catch?

There’s just one problem; it’s on the other side of the country. If you accept your dream job, you will be required to move long-distance in a short time. Tick tick, what is your decision.

How is it easy to make such a huge, life-changing decision in such a short time? How can you pack everything and transport it to your new home safely, without making any mistakes, leaving something behind, or damaging your most valuable items?

Chances are unless you are an experienced professional, you may make some mistakes. Especially without proper planning and trying to get things done quickly.

Luckily Next Level Removals, are experienced interstate movers. We have helped hundreds of people relocate interstate, even at last minute notice.

If you are currently a job seeker, you may be eligible for relocation assistance to take up a job.

Before you say yes to your job offer, make sure to watch out for the most common and important mistakes (and how to avoid them).

Otherwise, they can have both costly financial and psychological mistakes.

1. Not Researching Your New Location

The most common reason someone relocates is for a new job. Although usually, they will consider the job offer first. Then go and visit the new location – and explore the culture and the surrounding areas. They also consider the price of homes in the area, and how safe and friendly the neighbourhoods are. The location of schools also plays a factor for anyone with young kids.

Then once they have decided to accept the job offer, they start searching for an affordable home which meets their budget and is also located relatively close to their new workplace.

But there are some mistakes that people don’t do during this process.

They don’t consider the cost of living in all of the areas throughout the neighbourhood. They don’t do a commuting test run, by driving or on public transport. It’s important to do this during peak hour on a workday – from each potential new home straight to the new office location.

Another mistake is not networking with professionals who are in the same age range or asking local business people for advice. Which is another way to say, they didn’t thoroughly research their new location. You can build a network of professionals and reach out to them for advice.

Numbers can help you work out if you can afford to move to your new location. But it is ultimately people who will let you know if you feel like you will fit into your new environment, and if the transition will go smoothly.

What’s Next have a handy guide for relocating for work and what factors to consider before making the decision to relocate for a new job.

2. You Didn’t Sell Your Home In Time To Buy A New One

Finding an effective real estate agent can be difficult, especially with a tight timeframe. A lot of people rely on a referral from a friend, colleague, or family member – but that doesn’t always mean it is a honest and trustworthy referral.

You should do your research to find a reliable, proven and knowledgeable real estate company who will be able to help you sell your home, and buy a new one.

3. Not Finding Temporary Accommodation Between Moves

It’s almost impossible to sell your home, buy another house and move in right away. Especially in time for when your new job starts. The most likely scenario is that you will need to find another place to live for a few months during the completion of the sales process.

People tend to overlook the expense of temporary housing. Hotels can become very expensive if staying for more than a few weeks. While Airbnb generally is for stays of up to 28 days. By looking at local rentals and speaking to a real estate agent, you may be able to find a short-term rental in your new town – especially if you are planning to buy a new home with them.

4. You Miscalculated The Commute To Your New Workplace/Your Raise

Daily commutes and living costs add up fast. Even when making a guesstimate, they usually turn out to be much higher. There are almost always extra costs which you didn’t allow for.

Depending on the city you are moving to, to afford to live near your new job, you most likely will need to find a home in the suburbs. You will also need to make a daily commute of 30-60 minutes each way, five days per week.

Having to commute so long each day affects your quality of life, as well as adding expenses. Most people overlook the cost of either petrol/car maintenance or public transport fare.

To avoid this common mistake, reexamine where you are planning to live. Ask yourself if the pay rise will end up being worth spending more time in your car or on public transport.

5. Trying to move DIY

It might seem like the most cost-effective way to move is to do it yourself. But DIY relocations have their risks. Not only can they cost you time, from inefficient moving processes, they can also potentially lead to injuries if you don’t know how to move and lift heavy and bulky items correctly. There is also the chance of damaging items during transport if they are not properly secured.

DIY moving also takes a psychological toll on the person moving. It can be extremely time-consuming, stressful, and lead to anxiety.

You will need to purchase packing materials, then go through your entire home and carefully box and pack everything. Then you’ll need to ask some friend or family to help move the heavy items and pack them, then you need to drive to your new location with your belongings, and lastly unpack everything.

This process can be exhausting, especially if you are doing it over the weekend before you are going to start your new job.

Instead of adding more stress on top of moving to a new location and starting a new job, hire professional movers to take care of the relocation for you.

They will ensure everything goes smoothly, allowing you to put all of your energy into focusing on your new job.

Next Level Removals are professional removalists who take away the stress from relocation. Whether you are moving interstate, or to a new city, we have helped thousands of families relocate to start an exciting new job opportunity.

Contact us today on 1300 005 400 or via our online form for a no-obligation quote.

7 Questions To Ask Your Removalist Company

7 Questions To Ask Your Removalist Company

Choosing a Sydney Removals company can be a big decision. It will affect the entire moving day experience – either positively or negatively. Moving home is a stressful time, and your removals company should support you through every step of the journey.

You should be confident that they will securely and safely move all your belongings to your new home. As well as that you can trust them with your life’s belongings.

Here are 7 Questions To Ask Your Removalist Company.

1. Do You Have References or Testimonials from Previous Clients?

Most removals companies will include client testimonials on their website. But, these are often curated to provide the best of the best reviews. Besides checking out the testimonials, be sure to ask your friends, family, and co-workers of their opinion. Also, ask if they have dealt with the company before, or know someone who has. What was the overall experience like?

Another way to find unbiased and trustworthy reviews is to check the Google Reviews for the removals business. Next Level Removals have a score of 4.7 / 5 with over 600 customer reviews left to provide peace of mind. You can expect quality, professionalism, and reliability with every single move.

2. How Will The Removalists Move Your Belongings?

This lets you find out about the mode of transport the moving company will use to transport your items.

  • Will they use a truck? If so, do they own the truck?
  • What tools do they use to move, load, and unload your items from your home to the truck?
  • How do they secure your items to ensure they don’t move around or potentially fall over? They should be able to explain the materials and methods they will use to keep your items secure. As well as how they protect fragile belongings with blankets, cardboard, bubble wrap.
  • Will your items be the only ones in the truck, or do they offer to backload? If so, how will they make sure to not mix your belongings up with someone else?
  • Will they use a container to move your belongings? If so, how will they make sure your items are safe during the transit process and loading and unloading?
  • Are their removalists employees or contractors? Employees tend to be more skilled and also take a greater level of care with your items and pride in their work. As they are striving hard to keep the reputation of the business they work for. They also will go out of their way to deliver outstanding service.

3. Do they have industry accreditations?

By having industry accreditations and associations, it allows removalist companies show they are committed to providing outstanding service to their clients and care about aligning their practices with industry best practices.

The Australian Furniture Removers Association (AFRA) is considered the highest and most respected accreditation in Australia.

4. Does The Removalist Company Provide Insurance?

If you have valuable and sentimental items or are moving long-distance, then it’s recommended to take out insurance.

Many removals companies offer transit insurance. So be sure to ask your removalist company, and to find out exactly what the insurance will cover you for.

Next Level Removals is a fully insured company. We provide transit insurance for your peace of mind to make your moving day a stress-free experience.

5. What Does The Quote Include?

Some removalists, particularly the cheapest ones, have some extra fees not included in the initial quote and buried deep in their terms and conditions.

You should ask your removalist directly if there are any extra costs which are not included. If a business is not upfront about their prices, what else are they not being upfront about?

There have been some horror stories of families arriving at their new home, only to have their belongings held ransom until they pay additional charges from unexpected and nasty moving day surprise fees. Don’t let this happen to you!

Next Level Removals offers an open pricing policy on all quotes. Which includes a tailored moving quote with all costs disclosed upfront. This allows you to plan accordingly and have confidence that when you arrive at your new home. Also, relax knowing there won’t be any extra costs or fees.

Also, before you agree to a moving quote, be sure to clarify with your removalist if you need to pay a deposit to secure your booking. Otherwise, in the worst case scenario, the moving company may not show up on moving day as you weren’t aware you had to pay a deposit in advance.

Also, sometimes plans change. Will your removalist need you to pay a cancellation fee if you no longer plan to move on the date you booked?

Contact us for a free moving quote in Sydney.

6. How Much Experience Do Your Removalists Have?

This will help determine how professional the removalists are. The longer they have been in business, the more experience they have to securely and safely transport your belongings.

For regular boxes, this may not be an issue. But when it comes to heavy and larger items like a pool table, sofas, large furniture or valuable antiques, you want to know that your belongings are in safe hands.

All of Next Level Removals staff have been professionally trained, and each has a minimum of 5 years experience. So that you can relax knowing that your items are in safe hands.

7. What extra services do they offer?

Most removalist companies understand how time-consuming and stressful moving can be. Which is why they offer extra services to make the process as easy as possible.

Next Level Removals offers a packing and unpacking service, either for your entire home, a small apartment, or just a few fragile items. We also provide short-term and long-term storage in partnership with national and local 24-hour storage facilities in Sydney, Brisbane and Melbourne.

To find out more, or if you have any questions, check out our FAQs, or contact our friendly team today via phone 1300 005 400 or request an obligation-free quote online.