A new job and/or career can be the catapult leading to the best part of your life but, if you have to move to make it happen, there are many things to consider. Hopefully you are in a position to be able to move to pursue your passion, as we spend so much time working these days. It’s important that we are doing something that makes us happy. If you’ve got a new job option but you have to move to make it come to fruition, it’s time to get planning. Read below for five things you need to consider when relocating for a job.
Decide Whether You Will Rent to Sample or Plant Some Roots
There are benefits and drawbacks to both of these scenarios, of course, so it’s up to you to weigh the pros versus the cons. If you’re moving to a city that you’ve never lived in before, you might want to rent to make sure you end up in a neighborhood that suits your personality and lifestyle. However, if you’ve lived there before, have friends and/or family there, or have had ample time to do your due diligence, you might opt for immediately planting some roots by buying a home. As long as you’ve thought both of these options through, you’ll surely make the right decision.
Decide What to Do With Your Current House
If you’re a homeowner who is relocating to a new city for a job, this makes it that much more complicated. You need to decide whether you want to sell your home or perhaps rent it out. You’ll likely want to weigh the real estate market and whether you can be a long distance landlord (or assign someone or a company to do so). If you need to sell a house fast, look to homevesters. This is a great option for those who need to unload their homes quickly, as they will make you a cash offer with no need for repairs.
Factor in the Family
Having a family is going to add another level of complexity to a job relocation but, once again, if you’re doing this to pursue a passion, your family members will surely be supportive of you. It can be disconcerting to move children, but they are more resilient than you think, especially if they are younger and haven’t established long-term connections just yet. Allow them to weigh in as much as possible, and fly or drive them to their new area before the move. Do your research on the best schools and extracurricular activities in the area. Highlight these and other positive things for your family to get them as excited as you are.
Do Some Sleuthing at Your New Company
Perhaps this is a move with your current company, which is great. If not, though, you are making a big leap to work at a company you’ve never worked at before. You might consider peeking behind the curtain so to speak. If you have friends that work there, ask them about company culture, environment, benefits, and anything else that is important to you when it comes to where you work. If at all possible, visit your new office before making a huge move across the country. This is a big decision, so to do so sight unseen is not recommended. Also, be sure you look into the future of your company. You don’t want to uproot yourself and your family only to find out when you get there that the company is on the chopping block.
Evaluate Where You’re at in Your Career
We can’t emphasize enough that if the position you’re thinking about moving for is something you’ve been working towards your whole life, you should definitely do this. However, if it’s not a dream job, per se, it might be time to factor in where you’re at in your career. If you’re five years away from retiring and have deep roots in your current community, even a high salary might not be enough to make this worthwhile. If you’re at the beginning of your career, however, this might be the time to take more risks and accept a job that’s offering a higher salary and perhaps more career potential.
From selling your current home to finding a new home and weighing the benefits of the job itself, there are many things to consider when deciding whether to relocate for a job. Evaluate the items we’ve mentioned in this article and your decision should become clear soon enough.