Changing jobs and moving house – two of the most stressful things life can throw at you. But sometimes one may lead to the other and you find yourself facing two huge upheavals within a matter of weeks.With a little planning and a calm head, moving house to be nearer to a new job doesn’t have to be a nightmare. Here are 11 top tips to help you make that transition as stress-free as possible.
1. When Moving House Discuss With Close Family Members
Whether that’s a partner and older children or your parents, your move is likely to affect them as well. Younger children don’t really need to be informed until plans are much further along. They may ask questions that you don’t yet have the answers for, such as which school they will be going to. If you are vague on such things they might spend the next few weeks worrying unnecessarily.
2. Make Sure You Have A New Job Offer In Writing
Even when you have had a nod and a wink at interview or even a verbal offer of employment, things can, and do, change so caution is advised.
3. Research The Area You Are Planning To Move
And that means taking the time to visit at different times of the day and night. What is the area like in rush hour? What are the transport links like? Have you checked out house prices and local schools? You can learn a lot about a new town on the internet but nothing beats having a good drive or walk around the locality. That local pub looks nice enough, but is it a magnet for noisy youths late at night?
4. Inform Your Landlord or Arrange For Your House To Be Valued If You’re A Homeowner
Moving out of rented accommodation or selling a house are often fraught with delays. You need to get the wheels in motion or you’ll be commuting long distances and forking out for two places in which to live.
5. Make A Schedule For Your Move
You may not be able to stick to it but if you don’t plan right from the start you’ll end up spending unnecessary cash on expensive quick fixes. For instance, you need time to be able to source the best removal firm, or van hire if you’re moving house yourself.
It’s easy for such costs to start spiraling out of control. Also, you may need to retain receipts for tax purposes or any reimbursement you may be due for moving house for a new job.
7. Register With New Schools/Doctors/Dentists
Remember there may well be waiting lists to negotiate.
8. Check Remaining Holidays
You may need to take any owed days as time rather than money so mention this in meetings with your HR department at your current job.
9. Spring Clean!
It’s never too early to get rid of those items cluttering up your cupboards. You don’t want to pay to move boxes from one attic to another.
10. Remember To Contact Utility Suppliers
Do this in plenty of time otherwise you’ll be paying for energy you’re not using. Remember to send change of address notifications to companies, services, clubs and friends.
11. Enjoy Your New Home
And New Job!
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