Are you preparing to move to a new city and start a new job? Welcome to a nationwide club. Each year thousands upon thousands of students, families, and singles pack up U-Haul vans, drive across the country, and settle into new homes and cities.
I remember the first time I ever moved to a new city after college. Up until then, I had only lived in two cities: the city where I grew up and the city where I attended college. After graduating college, I was offered a job at an up-and-coming business in California, so I decided to pack up my apartment and drive across the country to commence my next life chapter.
In the weeks leading up to my move, I began to grow significantly annoyed with my mother and father. They asked me the same questions on a regular basis: “Do you have everything packed? Have you set up the electric, gas, and internet at your new place? Have you forwarded your mail yet? Did your job give you any relocation expenses?” At the time, I wanted to scream at the top of my lungs and tell them to mind their own business. ‘So many people do this all the time,’ I thought to myself. ‘Shouldn’t it be easy?’
Part of me wishes I could go back and talk to that naïve individual. I learned the hard way that not preparing for a move can cost you a pretty penny. I showed up to California with not a dollar to my name and ended up putting myself in a bind. Thank God my job started soon after I arrived; otherwise, I might have been way up the creek.
My advice for anybody preparing to move is to have a checklist of three specific items to attend to before you pack up and leave. Even though most of you probably have other things on your mind, thoroughly preparing for a move will help save you a lot of money and anxiety in the long run. Check out this list of three items to attend to before hopping in your moving truck.
Setup Appointments for Gas, Electric, and Internet
Most gas, electric, and internet companies are extremely busy every day of the week. In fact, it’s foolish to think you would be able to get an appointment with any gas, electric, or internet company at the last minute. Why is it important to set these appointments up early? Because you don’t want to have to resort to spending money on alternatives just because you didn’t take five minutes to setup an appointment. It’s expensive to book a hotel room just because you forgot to schedule to have the power turned on; to drive all over the city looking for free Wi-Fi internet services; or to go out to gourmet restaurants for a week simply because your gas stove isn’t turned on.
Know Where You Are Before You Get There
My father used to tell me to never depend on anyone or anything. Today’s population depends too much on the use of smartphones and GPS to get them from place to place. Imagine this scenario: What if there were no navigation systems to get you where you needed to go? Would you be able to handle it? One of the best ways to prepare for life in a new city is to pull out a map and learn all the major highways and outlying streets surrounding you. By doing this, you’ll start to understand where it is you are and how to get from one location to the next. Also, look up the city’s newspaper and popular city blogs to gauge where the cheap hotspots are located. In memorizing the layout of the city, you’ll prevent yourself from wasting gas and wandering into more costly areas of the city.
Talk to Your Future Employer About a Relocation Fund
After I got my first job offer, I was so ecstatic that I accepted it right away. In doing this, I made two big mistakes: I didn’t prepare a counter offer on my salary and I didn’t ask for a relocation fund. One of the most unexpected expenses in taking a new job is the cost of relocating. Not only do you sometimes have to pay rent on two apartments (one at your former home and one at your new one), but many people don’t consider the costs of new furniture, apartment deposits, U-Haul rentals, gas, etc. Many employers offer a decent relocation fund – if you ask for it. Most companies service their employees with good insurance and benefits, so they’ve already got your best interests at heart. Don’t be discouraged into thinking you’ll lose a job offer for requesting some extra cash to help you get settled. A lot of companies will happily oblige your request.
Moving cities can be a scary experience, but it doesn’t mean it should be an expensive one. Consider these three key tips whenever you are about to pack up your belongings and move your way into a new city.
Carol Wilson has spent a good majority of her life working for insurance agencies and calculating business insurance quotes—so if anyone knows a thing or two about insurance it’s Carol. But aside from sharing her knowledge to readers, she also enjoys sharing her thoughts and opinions on other business-related topics such as marketing techniques. She welcomes your comments at email@example.com
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