It’s vital that you do your homework before you make a decision, especially if it means moving to a place where you don’t know anyone or if you need to sell a property. Below are some of the questions to consider.
How well do I know the relocation area?
It’s important that you research this carefully, taking into account issues such as size, culture, travel links, schools, churches and clubs. Does it have more to offer than your current location? If it is difficult to get to or a long way from friends and family? If so, are you willing to make that sacrifice?
How well do you know the company?
If your existing company is relocating, this one is easy to answer, but if it’s a new prospect it’s worth some investigation. How long has it been in operation? Is it solvent? Does it offer opportunities for creativity, progression and promotion? The last thing you want to is to up sticks only to find yourself in a dead-end job that won’t take you where you want to go. Check the company out on social media. Do you like what you see?
Have you considered the financial implications?
Perhaps the new job is better paid than your current role. However, if the cost of living is higher in your new location you could actually find yourself worse off. Consider rental or house prices, but also compare travel fares and restaurant prices to get a fuller picture. Create a budget and see whether you can afford to make the move. Ask whether there are any relocation allowances. If you’re moving with your existing company there should be, but even if you are joining a new firm they may offer incentives to sweeten the deal.
Are you willing to leave friends, family and familiarity?
Relocating often means leaving people behind, but it also means starting life over in many cases. You’ll have to sign on with a new GP surgery and dentist, enrol your children in new schools, work out the transport system and how to get around. You may be attached to various local hangouts. Are there similar hangouts in your new location? How easy will it be for friends and family to visit, or for you to visit them? Do you know anyone in your prospective town or city? Are you the type of person who makes friends easily?
Are there many other job prospects in this location?
This may seem rather defeatist, but if your new job doesn’t turn out to be what you expect, are there alternatives you can apply for in that area? It might be that you’re happy for a couple of years but want to have the option of moving on in the future. Have a look at equivalent options before you move to set your mind at ease.
Have you talked to others who might be affected?
If you’re relocating your whole family it’s important that you take into account the impact a move will have on them. Your children may be thriving at school and have lots of friends. Your partner may want to stay close to his or her parents, or may struggle to find a suitable job in the new area. The move will be much easier if everyone is on board with it. Give those affected time to adjust and talk them through the positives as well as discussing any negatives.
What does your gut say?
Your instincts are often right, so listen to your gut. Better still, ask God for his guidance in the decision-making process. The more at peace you feel about relocating the more successful the move is likely to be.