Once you’ve decided to work in another state, the next crucial thing to do is to carefully plan your big move. Before you get too excited and head out to a new chapter in your life, you need to ensure that you are well prepared to have the best possible experience.
Working and living in a new environment is always an educational adventure — which is why you have to take the necessary steps to get ready for it. Below are things you should
prepare for to ensure the successful start of your new life:
1. Pack your things and contact removalists in advance
When you start packing your items for the move, make sure you do so with intention, and way ahead of your moving date. It may be nice to think of bringing along the comfort of your old home with you, but you may incur unnecessary costs because of it.
Do your research, inspect your possessions, pack considerately, and ask yourself the following
- What will be the season/weather in your new place?
- Do you need special equipment or clothes for work?
- What are the material costs and lifestyle in your new location?
After you have established what things you need to keep, donate, or throw away, contact an interstate removalist to handle the move of household items you simply cannot do without. Make sure that you set the schedule right with the removalist, to ensure that your items arrive on the day you arrive at your destination state, or just before you do.
2. Have a “buffer fund”
It’s important for you to have some reserve money to help you during the first months of your stay. When you move interstate, there are always costs involved such as one month’s rent, your rent deposit, and the purchase of necessary items needed in your new home. After all, you may have to wait for a month or longer for your paycheck to arrive.
You should already know when you will be actually moving so that you can save up enough for your “buffer fund” prior to your move. This will help you bridge the gap between your last pay at your old job, and your first paycheck in your new workplace. You’ll also have a lot less to worry about, just in case you incur extra unexpected costs during your move to another state.
3. Be prepared for the unexpected
Your new life may be totally different from the life you’re used to in your home state, depending on where you’re going.
You have to prepare yourself for a culture shock so that you don’t end up getting depressed and
homesick. Some career development coaching and advanced research on the place you intend to move to will help you adjust to your new work environment.
Continue to explore and experience new things so that you won’t get bogged down by the stress of your new life in another state. Establish meaningful connections, make new friends, go on trips or concerts, and just do any fun things that will help make your transition smoother.
4. Double check all necessary paperwork
Make sure to get all statement services and references from your current job. You’ll never know when you might need them. Also, check and place everything you need such as your bank statements, healthcare and dental records etc, inside one folder or a labeled envelope.
Every move interstate will involve a lot of paperwork, so do research on the document requirements ahead of time as it may take a while to get them approved and set up.
5. Investigate your new place
Doing research on your new home/neighborhood will let you have a bit of familiarity with the area. In doing so, you will have an idea of the layout of your new home and where the best affordable restaurants, markets, parks, and shopping centres are. This will save you from headaches and from getting lost when you start exploring.
Also, take note of the transportation options from your new home to your office so that you don’t go astray on your first day at work. Reading good old travel books and browsing online will also give you an overview of the customs and culture of the new place you’re about to become a part of.
Don’t forget to make a list.
It’s a good idea to write down all tasks you need to fulfill before your interstate move. By having a checklist, you can stay on top of everything, be organized and ensure that you don’t forget anything essential. As your big move draws closer, having a checklist will help you stay calm as you know you got everything covered.
It’s easy to get lost and overwhelmed by all the hustle and bustle of moving. Let the tips above serve as your guide, and be sure to plan everything carefully so you can simply
look forward to your new life and adventures.
Kim Hill works on Marketing at Adams & Rofe Removals and Storage and has been a dynamic figure in the removal industry for over 30 years. For relocating families, individuals or offices around Sydney or all over Australia, Kim will develop the perfect removal plan to take the stress out of your next move.