Career development – Moving Home Part 2 – Prepping for the big move!

Moving Home

Career development – Moving Home Part 2 – Prepping for the big move!

 Moving Home – today we have the second article in a two-part series from our regular contributor, Lindsey Harper Mac, on moving for work and as part of your career development. Lindsey is a professional writer living in the Indianapolis area. She specializes in writing guest posts on social media and education. Currently, Lindsey is completing work on her master’s degree.  You can find links to Part 1 and some of her earlier posts at the end of this article.

Article 2 of 2 part series

 Moving Home – Prepping for the big move!

Moving Home – you have a new job – maybe in a new city, maybe on the other side of town – and you’ve decided that you need to move to be closer to work. You decide you’re not only joining a company but you’re joining a community, too.

Moving can be physically and mentally exhausting. You’re not just transferring all your possessions; you’re essentially preparing to live your life differently. And this moving process takes far more than a weekend. You spend time hunting for the right apartment or house, you decide what possessions you’ll keep and what you’ll get rid of and you start saying goodbye to friends you may not see for a while.

Altogether, planning for a move can take two or three months, so you need to think months ahead of schedule. Being prepared will make the entire experience easier.

Costs

Moving Home – along with security deposits and first-month’s rent, you may have to pay for moving truck rental, or for utility deposits at your new location. When you begin the search for a new job, find ways to save money then, before you have to consider moving. Keep in mind the financial pressures of moving, and prepare for unexpected costs. The same way you would save up for a new car or new computer, set aside money from each paycheck that might generally go towards dining out, buying decorations for your apartment or that new pair of jeans. What’s more important: the steak dinner, or a more comfortable bedroom?

Keeping a cool head

You already know that moving involves packing boxes, but it’s more than just that. Being highly organized can relieve some of the anxiety that comes from moving and living in a state of disarray for a short period of time. And following a few simple organization strategies can save you considerable time when you’re ready to unpack.

As you prepare to leave town for your new destination, don’t forget to make time for friends and family. Too often, it’s easy to get caught-up in moving and forget to say a proper goodbye to the important people in your life.

More than stuff

If you’re moving to another state, don’t expect your life to be exactly the same as it is now. How is the weather different in your new town? Will you be shovelling snow for half the year? Search online for neighbourhood information so you know the best restaurants, when trash day is and where to find great bargains.

Tie-up loose ends – transfer your bank accounts and utilities, and file a change-of-address notice with your local post office. Also let friends, family and creditors know individually what your new address is.

Moving home can be complicated. But it doesn’t have to be with real, goal-oriented preparation. To ensure a seamless move, take time to plot your goals well in advance, and make sure you have a system in place for packing and labeling all of your possessions.

About the author: Lindsey Harper Mac is a professional writer living in the Indianapolis area. She specialises in writing guest posts on social media and education. Currently, Lindsey is completing work on her master’s degree.

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Career development – Moving Home Part 1 – Lofty Goals: Key Considerations Before Moving To A Big-City Apartment

Moving home, what to consider

Moving Home Part 1 – Lofty Goals: Key Considerations Before Moving To A Big-City Apartment

Moving home – today we have the first article in a two part series from our regular contributor, Lindsey Harper Mac, on finding a new place to live when you have to move for career development. Lindsey is a professional writer living in the Indianapolis area. She specializes in writing guest posts on social media and education. Currently, Lindsey is completing work on her master’s degree.  Come back next week for Article 2. You can find links to some of her earlier posts at the end of this article.

Article 1 of 2 part series

Lofty goals: Key considerations before moving to a big-city apartment

It’s dusk and a purplish sky is the backdrop behind buildings dotted with a few remaining office-lights, workers still at their computers. You like this city. Maybe you’re just visiting before moving here for your new job, but you’ve already come to think of it as a buzzing hub, a place to start your future. You know all about the growth the city has seen over the last ten years – the improvements made, the business attracted here, the rankings of “best cities to live in” – and you’re excited to call it your home.

But cities are big places. It’s easy to look at the skyline at dusk and believe you know everything about your city –where to eat, where to go on dates, that great hidden shoe-repair place – and you might think you could live in any neighborhood and be happy, safe. But you should be wise about where you decide to live.

Crime

Every city, no matter how big or small or well respected, will have problems. And you won’t be able to avoid some of these problems – like bad traffic if you live away from your workplace – but you can choose where to live, for the most part. Before settling on an apartment, investigate the crime rate. You can even compare crime rates for two different cities.

If you’re already determined to move to a particular city, you’ll still need to know which neighborhoods are best for you. You can ask your employer for suggestions, if you’re moving to a new city for work.

Transportation

These days, you can find extensive information about public transportation. If you’re moving to a large city and plan to get around primarily by bus, taxi or train, check out the schedules and stops in advance. Determine whether you can safely travel from one place to another, and that you won’t end up stranded somewhere, simply because the buses stop running at midnight.

Renters insurance

Regardless of where you live, accidents and disasters can happen. Even if you’re moving to a city with a low crime rate, you can’t predict the risk of fire or a strong storm destroying your apartment. Make sure you protect your belongings with renters insurance, because your landlord’s policy probably covers only the building in which you live.

When you purchase that new laptop or violin or gaming console, create three prices in your mind:

(1) The price the store assigns to the product

(2) How much you have in your budget for renter’s insurance

(3) How much the product would cost to replace if and when it were damaged or stolen

There are many factors to consider when moving to your first big-city apartment. By taking the time to do a little research in advance, you can ensure that this next chapter in your life is safe, stress-free and rewarding.

About the author: Lindsey Harper Mac is a professional writer living in the Indianapolis area. She specializes in writing guest posts on social media and education. Currently, Lindsey is completing work on her master’s degree.

Also by Lindsey Harper Mac

Career development – Moving Home Part 2 – Prepping for the big move!

Career Development – More IT jobs are in the cloud – Getting ready for the job you want in 2013

Career Development Part 1 – Why Get An Advanced Degree? The Answer is Obvious

Career Development Part 2: Want a Promotion? Focus on Factors Within your Control

Career Development Part 3: Performance Reviews: Painful or Helpful?

Entrepreneurs Growing Forward

Why “be the best” when you could be the one making the rules? | WiseWolf Talking – the WiseWolf Coaching Blog.

The Makings of a Great Leader | WiseWolf Talking – the WiseWolf Coaching Blog.