Moving house can be one of the most stressful experiences people can go through in their lives. Moving cities can increase that pressure immensely.
Several important decisions need to be made, there are many things to do, it’s a lot of hard work and then there’s the cost. As always, research, organisation and planning is essential.
Where will I go?
Do some research into different areas of your new city to see which suburbs are right for you. If you’re working in the CBD, you’ll probably want to check out the inner suburbs to avoid a lengthy commute.
Does your new city have a good public transport system? Living near a train station or bus line will avoid getting stuck in traffic twice a day.
If you’ve got a family, carefully research schools and recreational facilities in the area. There’s no point in living close to the office if you have to drive for half an hour to find a decent playground for the kids.
Cost of living
This is one of the biggest components which factor in a person’s decision to move. Housing, transport, utilities, insurance are just a few costs which need to be taken into account when deciding to move cities.
This expense is quite broad and will be different for everyone, but is important to consider. If you want to move to another place, you either need to store, get rid of, or transport your goods. Transportation and storage can be expensive. Getting rid of goods by selling, donating, or disposing them will cost you time and energy. You’ll need to shop around to various removal companies, or perhaps you could consider renting a truck and doing the job yourself (particularly if you have friends to help with the heavy lifting).
Five tips for a smooth move
- Talk to your employer about moving assistance or allowances. This can make the transition a lot easier.
- Compare quotes on removalist companies as early as possible.
- Organise household connection transfers well in advance.
- Make an inventory of everything that’s coming with you, and ensure boxes are all clearly labelled.
- Book a hotel or accommodation during the move. Chances are your house won’t be ready for a few days.
Here’s a great moving checklist from Aussie: Moving with confidence