Most companies give employees a mere two weeks to figure out whether or not they want to relocate. Once that time has passed, many companies simply move on to a different candidate. To say the least, figuring out whether or not you want to move for work is stressful. The best way to make this big decision is to weigh the pros and cons. Since the biggest pro is likely a higher salary and better job, it can be hard to really take a good look at the cons.
We’ve put together a list of reasons why moving for a job isn’t always the best choice – read this before you get that moving quote!
- Your family doesn’t like the idea: it’s one thing to pull kids out of school and ask them to move (there will be an adjustment period, but kids are pretty adaptable), but it’s another thing to uproot your partner. If your partner can’t get a job in the new location right away, you will have to figure out if you will be making enough money to support the entire family. If not, add up how long you can afford to support everyone. If the money doesn’t make sense, it might not be a good idea to move.
- Higher wage and higher cost of living: moving to Fort Collins from NYC may make sense because the cost of living is higher in New York City, but moving to NYC from Fort Collins means that you will have to make triple the amount just to afford basic things like rent (forget owning in NYC!). What is the cost of living like where you will be moving to? Can you live a comfortable and happy life in that location? If not, stay put.
- You aren’t sure about the new job. For some reason, a lot of people think that moving to a new state means moving away from current job stress. You may leave the people that bother you behind, but the stress will still be there. If you feel like the new job might not be worth the stress, consider your quality of life first.
- You have a really bad feeling about the move. You know that voice inside of you that tells you not to do things? Listen to it. Deep down you know whether or not the move is a good idea for you. If you don’t listen to your own intuition, you can’t rely on much else.
- You’re going to lose a lot when you sell your home. Typically, companies will help you relocate and may even provide a real estate agent with you to work with so that you can sell your current home. But if this isn’t a possibility and you are going to lose money on a homesale, don’t move. Or, rent your place out.
Deciding to Move
If you’ve gone over all the reasons why moving is a bad idea, and you still decide to move, make sure to get a moving quote from a reputable moving company like Exodus. As a long distance moving company, we have helped many families relocated for work. We can also help you move anywhere in the world, and we’ll even help you pack and unpack. It’s tough to find a long distance company that you can trust, but Exodus has a solid reputation for a reason – you can count on us for low rates and reliability.
Deciding quickly whether or not moving for a new job is really hard to do. Take the time to weigh the pros and cons, and don’t be afraid to say no to that new job offer. In the end, it has to make sense for everyone involved and from every possible angle.