Relocating for Your Job: Dos and Don’ts

Written by: RICS Recruit
Published on: 30 Mar 2016

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Surveying, like many industries, can take you to new places, sometimes even new countries. If you decide to move for work, or just for a change of scenery, it’s important to make sure you do it right.

Here are our dos and don’ts for relocating:


Have a plan

This is the most important thing to do on this list. Before you do anything else, sit down and plan out all the different elements that will go into your move. Think about what you’ll need, and what you won’t. Make lists and setup a calendar for both before you leave and after you arrive. And after that, make a back-up plan, because if the move doesn’t work out, you’re going to need something to fall back on.

Check your finances

Moving is costly, whether you have a new job lined up or not. Make sure you have enough money saved to cover things like flat deposit, living costs, and transport around the new location. Expect there to be a lot of incidental costs, and make sure you keep something saved for emergencies.

Research the area

It’s important to know what you’re getting yourself into so you don’t arrive unprepared. Do some research on the new place you’re moving to and make sure you keep the surprises to a minimum. Is your new neighbourhood safe? What will your commute be like? Where will you go grocery shopping? These are all important things to know in advance, because you don’t want to be scrambling to find them out after you arrive.

Research the job market

Whether you have a job already lined up, it’s a good idea to know what else is available in your industry, just in case it doesn’t work out. If you don’t have a job lined up, this is even more important, as it will help give you some idea of how long you can expect to be job hunting. Checking job websites or LinkedIn are a good place to start.


Before you uproot your whole life and move to a new place, take a trip to check it out first. Even if it’s just for a day or two, you’ll want to make sure that the area lives up to all the things you’ve heard about it.

Ask for help

If you already have a job lined up, the company should be able to provide some resources to assist you in your move. If they don’t offer outright, be sure to ask. Even if they can’t offer financial assistance, they may have recommendations to help you on your way.

There are plenty of other people to ask for help as well – friends, family, online forums, etc. Make sure you reach out to others, because this can be a difficult transition to make on your own.

Be social

Speaking of which, it’s a good idea to try to make new friends once you arrive in your new home. Joining a local club or taking a class are great ways to get yourself out there. Resources like Facebook or MeetUp are great ways to find people with similar hobbies.

Update your details

In this digital world, keeping your various profiles up to date is essential. Don’t forget to change your location and other contact details across social media, websites/blogs, and especially on your CV. You can also look for new groups to join in your new area.



Burn bridges

While it may feel like you’re ready to leave your old life behind for good, you never know what might happen a few months or even years down the line. Be courteous when handing in your notice, and reassure your friends that you won’t forget about them.


When it comes to a big move, you can pretty much guarantee something will go wrong. When the inevitable happens, don’t panic, stay calm and work through the problem practically. And remember: it’s normal to be nervous in a situation like this, so don’t make things more stressful than they have to be.

Make long-term commitments

Many people make the mistake of buying a new house or signing a long-term lease when relocating. While it might make financial sense, you don’t want to lock yourself into something before you’re sure about the situation. What if you don’t like the neighbourhood, or what if it’s no convenient to get to your job? Start by renting for a few months and reassess once you’re a bit more settled.

Be afraid to take a temporary job

If you know you’re not going to get a job in your industry right away, try looking for temporary work. Beyond the obvious financial reasons, it’s a good way to meet new people and learn more about the area.

Forget your family’s needs

You’re not the only one moving – your family is coming with you too. Make sure you consider things like what your partner will do for work, where your children will go to school, even where you’re going to walk the dog.

Move if you have doubts

Moving is a big decision, and no matter what, everyone is going to have some small doubts. But if you have major, serious, and justified concerns about moving, then you may want to reconsider. Speak to a friend or your family, and make sure you’re comfortable with whatever you decide to do.