Relocating is something a lot of modern Nigerians try or at least consider. There can be dozens of reasons for moving. Most people move for job opportunities and in a hope to build a more successful life. Others find their soulmate in another city and move there to be closer to them. Whatever your reasons for going out of your city are, there are some things to consider. With our tips your moving process will go as smoothly as possible, so you just have to do a couple of things and never have worries about moving again.
Don’t make rushed decisions
A lot of people, especially if they’re under 30, visit another city for the first time in their lives and fall in love with it. They decide they want to move instantly. But the truth is that rushed decisions are hardly ever a good idea. This is why it’s advised to actually live for a couple of weeks in the city of your dreams to see if you can really live there full-time, or if you only like to be there for a short amount of time. For best results find your temporary housing in the location you’re considering to move to in the future.
Talk to the natives
If you have doubts whether the city you’ve chosen to move to is exactly what you need, the best way to find out is to talk to the people who already live there, preferably from the neighbourhood you’re planning to move to. These people are the ones who can tell you the truth about the locations, its advantages and drawbacks, the job situation, the infrastructure in the neighbourhood, and many other things you want to know about a place before you move there. Plus, if you make some good friends while talking to people about your dream city, they can be very helpful when it comes to finding your new housing.
Can you truly afford it?
Moving to another city for job opportunities always seems like a smart thing to do, but if you don’t have a new job lined up for you in the new city, make sure you can afford to live there for the unidentified period while you’re looking for a new job. Your potential expenses include a lot of checkpoints. First, you need to cover the rent for at least a few months. Second, take into account the cost of living, including public transportation or cost of driving your own car. Third, ideally you need to be able to afford living for 6 months without any income. Only after you’ve covered these points, you can start the moving process.
Find a real estate agent
Buying or selling property on your own is already hard when you’re inside your native city, but the chances of finding a decent place when you’re new in the city are close to zero. After you’ve made the decision to move and made sure your finances are in check, you can begin looking for your real estate agent who will do his best to find you an apartment or house of your dreams. Remember to list all your preferences for your new home, including the location, number of bedrooms and bathrooms, neighbourhood, various conveniences, and, of course, your budget. If you’re planning to rent instead of buying, usually you’ll need to pay rent for both first and last months, so make sure you can afford that payment.
Moving to a new place, especially a totally new city, is a very stressful time for anyone, so in order to make this process as stress-free as possible, you need to do a couple of things. First, take some time off. Even if you have a new job waiting for you in the new city, ask your future boss for a couple of weeks off. It’s important not to rush during the moving process – otherwise you can forget to do something important or leave some of your valuable possessions at home. A few weeks between jobs is just enough time to comfortably move and spend some time getting accustomed to the new living conditions. This will be good both for you and your family.
Make it comfortable for your family
The last thing you want is for your family to feel unhappy in their new location. If you’ve found a new home and a job for yourself, it doesn’t mean your family is completely ready for the move. In order for the assimilation process to be even more comfortable, you need to find a good school for your kids and a new job or a new hobby for your spouse, so that while you’re out there making a living, your family has something to do and doesn’t feel lost in the new city.