5 Mistakes To Avoid When Relocating For A New Job

5 Mistakes To Avoid When Relocating For A New Job

By Skyler Benson | 31/01/2019

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.