We've looked at some of the things you should do when relocating to a new area, but what about the flip side? There are some pitfalls, emotional and physical, that can turn an exciting move into a nightmare. Here's a "map" to help you avoid those land mines.
1. Ignoring Your Deal-Breakers
It's easy to get caught up in the excitement of relocating, but you owe it to yourself to take a good, hard look at what you're leaving behind. We are all deeply affected by any type of loss, and you won't want to land in a spiral of second thoughts. There is a trade-off to everything, and the key is to know what you are and aren't willing to give up.
2. Lack of Flexibility
Duplicating your previous apartment and lifestyle might seem like a way to reduce stress, but it can have the opposite effect when you realize that you can't make things the same. Embracing the changes can be truly rewarding and actually make you feel at home more quickly.
You might downplay the disadvantage of a long commute, figuring that the nice raise you got will be worth it. The reality may be that money doesn't go as far in the new location and the commute makes you tired and irritable. Have a clear and honest sense of how your new job parameters will work out.
4. Failing to Pack a Survival Kit
No matter how carefully you pack, settling in is a long process. Don't get stuck without toilet paper or going out for coffee every day because essentials are stashed away where you can’t readily find them. Pack a box with everyday necessities and make sure it's easily accessible.
5. Neglecting to Make a Budget
Even if your company is using a relocation service, there will be costs associated with moving to a new area. For instance, will you have other deposits, such as phone or utilities, along with your apartment deposit? Make a spreadsheet outlining all the financial obligations you need to plan for.
6. Not Backing Up Computers
Computers should always be backed up, but it's even more essential during relocation, when accidents and mishaps can result in the loss of irreplaceable data. Once you get to your new home, unload your computers immediately to minimize risk.