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The ‘To-do when you move’ list

If the thought has ever crossed your mind to move (which it probably has), I’ve conducted a little checklist to make the process as easy and breezy as possible.

Trial it
You may be bored of your current location, or maybe you have to move for a job or a relationship. But it’s important to like where you’re heading. Moving isn’t as easy as flipping a coin; you have to pack up an entire truck of stuff and re-home yourself. You can’t just get there then decide you don’t like it. So if you can, give yourself some vacay time and experience the area.

Be money smart
Don’t move if you haven’t figured out a financial plan. For all you know the place you move to could be twice as expensive as your current location (when I moved from Wellington to Auckland, this surprised me!). Estimate your income and realistic expenses. Save up enough money to cover 3-6 months before you leave and always have a backup plan. Maybe part-time work to help out with extra cash while hunting for a job!

Get a job
Having a job lined up before you make the move would be ideal. If not, hope and pray your savings keep you going while you network and search for work. Keep your phone in your hand so you never miss a call if it’s an interview for that job you applied for last week. Have something in mind and carry your CV everywhere. And I repeat myself when I say, consider part-time work to keep you going while searching for that full-time job.

Knowing the best, cheapest and the fastest way to get where you’re going will seriously benefit you. Study the public transport system, figure out if you’ll save more pennies in the car or on the train. How much does it cost for parking in your new city? How bad is traffic? How consistent are buses?

Couch? Bed? Washing machine? Oven? …Don’t leave with nothing; you need to live somehow.

What you’re leaving behind
Take into consideration your current situation. Make sure you let your landlord know in plenty of time, or if you own, carefully find a reliable tenant to fill in your home (and hey, if you decide to return you’ll have a roof over your head when you get back); and if you live with mum and dad, tell them you love them. Change your mailing address. Give your boss plenty of notice and stay on good terms. Will you keep your car? Keep track of your bills. And of course, think of your pets.

Get off your butt and go!
It’ll be scary, but mostly exciting. You’ve thought long and hard about this, now go for it. You’ll miss your friends, your family and your neighbour’s dog. But life’s all about adventure and this one’s waiting for you!

Finlay Robertson
Finlay is a 20-year-old music lover from Wellington who has recently made the decision to take on Auckland City and pursue her dreams. Her passion for writing and broadcast has led to her studies at the NZ Radio Training School.
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