Have you decided it’s time to move on? Have you been made redundant? Are you looking for a fresh start in a new place? If so, you may be confronted with the dilemma of finding a new home and a job at the same time. This can be stressful, but it is possible. Here are some handy hints to help you make the move seamlessly.
Choosing your new location
If you’re moving out and relocating, you need to decide where you want to be based. Are you heading back home after spending time in a different country or city? Are you eager to be close to family or friends? Are you moving for better work opportunities? Are you eager to enjoy a change of scenery and swap the country for the city or vice-versa? Have a think about your reasons for moving and then weigh up your options.
When you’ve shortlisted locations, arrange some visits and spend some time looking around and getting a feel for the place. When you’re making a decision, it’s wise to bear practical matters like house prices, availability and job prospects in mind. You may also wish to think about proximity to relatives and friends and transport links.
Finding a new job
Once you’ve decided on your destination, you can start looking for a new job. There are various ways you can go about this. You can sign up to website mailing lists and browse adverts online. You can register with local recruitment agencies. Or you can look for opportunities in the local paper. Make sure you have an up to date CV ready and waiting to be sent off. If you’ve worked for a national company before, it may be possible to transfer to a different office. If you’re in a hurry to move, and you need an income immediately, it’s best to visit a recruitment agent and register your interest in temporary posts. You can always look for something more permanent once you’re settled and you have money coming in.
Finding a new home
Searching for a new home can be tough at the best of times, let alone when you’re in a hurry. You may need to think about whether you want to rent or buy. If you want to buy a house, you should start looking and contact local agents before you move out. The process can take months, so you may need to arrange temporary accommodation. You could move in with family members or take on a short-term let. If you want to rent, search online for properties and get in touch with local estate agencies. If you see properties you like, arrange a day of viewings. Ask questions, find out everything you need to know and book a second viewing if you’re interested.
Moving house can be stressful, especially if you’ve got to find a new job as well. Hopefully, these tips will help you plan ahead, get organised, and get settled as quickly as possible. Contact local estate agents and recruitment agencies as a priority. Try and make some temporary arrangements, just in case you can’t find a permanent role immediately, or you need to wait to move into your new home.