Moving is the easy part. The international removalists or interstate removalists actually took care of everything. Getting used to a new city, trying to meet the right kinds of people and finding the right place to live, are actually what is important for you now. Here are some tips and suggestions from someone who has done this too many times.
If you are moving to a new city, state or country, the moving itself is not really difficult. There are professional removalists that will take care of packing and moving your things. The biggest decision will probably be the issue of where are you going to live? If you were lucky enough to have had a short visit paid for you by your new employer, you will have a little idea of what the place is like. Most companies provide employees with a month in a hotel to allow them to adjust to their new surroundings and find a place to live. So where do you go from here? This article looks at some tips and ideas on how to find out more about where you are going, and finding a place to live.
- Learn about the areas. It is easy to see a city as one single place before you move, but if you stay there for a little while, different districts will be easy to have an opinion of. We cant’t see this clearly on a short visit, and we won’t even see that soon after we arrive. Your only way to find out more about it for now is to use the internet to research. Look for blogs and community groups of people in a similar situation as you. Real estate brokers and other business people will only tell you what they want you to hear. You need real living and life experience from an individual in your situation.
- Do you need a hotel? Most companies offer a hotel for the newly arriving employee. This is just a standard practice. The problem is a hotel will actually cocoon you from your surroundings. You will not know what it is like to live normally during that time. There are a number of websites that specialise in ‘full-property’ rentals on a short-term basis. The foundation of the deal is much like with a hotel, you have a certain rate per day, a check-in time and a check-out time. There are a number of agreed services such as internet and your utilities. With the budget you have for a month in a hotel, you could probably stay for 3 months in this type of accommodation. This will give you your own space and a little more time to find the right place to live in permanently.
- Join online social groups. It is surprising to find that we are not alone. There are many others around like you who have moved for one reason or another. Some, like you, came for their employment, others came to study. Others just came to get away from where they were. It is difficult to meet them when you walk down the street. The only way to meet them is online. Do some searching for this kind of group, and you will find there are more groups than you had thought. Everyone is in the same situation as you. They are all looking to make friends.
- Keep in touch with home and friends. In the early days after arriving in your new city, it will be easy to feel alone. Walking around and sight-seeing can actually make you feel even lonelier. Keeping in touch with the people you know, as you always would do, will help keep those feelings under control. Skype and other video-calling applications are really a God-send for someone who has stepped out into the big wide world. You might not have appreciated how important they were before. Facebook is really starting to make sense.
Your things will be stored by the interstate removalists until you have found the right place to live. By that time you will have made some friends, and you will have fun opening your boxes.
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