Moving to a new city can be daunting. Especially for a brand-new job. We know that Vancouver can be quite difficult to make friends in, and the different neighbourhoods and styles can really throw some people off. Here are some things you can do to make a move easier.
Probably the easiest way to quickly learn about a city is to watch the local news. They will cover all the local stories, and it will give you an idea what’s happening. You can find out with places are safe, and what neighbourhoods are best as well.
Some cities will be more expensive to move to. You should find out things like storage prices, moving trucks, power and utilities costs. It’s never fun to be surprised when the monthly bills come in. This all should align with the salary of your new job.
Many people forget to re-direct mail and update addresses. This can be coming to a pain as, for example, your old employer needs to send you your T4 for tax season. Notifying family and friends should be on your list as well.
Make sure that you transfer any pets at the last minute. They will be feeling the stress of moving the most, so it’s a good idea to make it as quick as possible for them. Having pets sitting in a moving truck for hours is never a good idea. You should also find the closest emergency vet in your city, just in case you have an emergency.
If you are moving to Vancouver, you are in for a shock, with high cost of living and low wages, this city can be unaffordable for many people. Make sure you do the research on the cost of living and how it aligns with your new salary.
With the work from home lifestyle now becoming mainstream, it might be a better idea to move further away for a better quality of life while working remotely.