Continued from part 2…

4-If possible, take a bit of time to know your new environment before you move.  Though when coming to for a London job relocation, you may not have that luxury.  Take the time to read all that you can about the different areas of London where you think you may want to go.  If you’ve no idea where to start, try starting with our area pages that describe the many different neighborhoods.  If you still feel you haven’t an idea where you want to end up, try listing all the things that your lifestyle entails.  Think of the memberships and activities you do in your life now and share that list with us.  This gives us a much better idea of precisely what your needs are.

5-Don’t make any long-term commitments.  Most people with London job relocation don’t entertain jumping in to the London real estate market.  Certainly if your position is going to be a long standing one there will be time to consider buying, but it’s not a good idea initially.  It takes a bit of getting used to just to learn how to move about London, making such a huge financial commitment.  You may find that there is one place you like above all others, but until you’ve lived here in London a while you won’t know that.  It’s best to put buying on the back burner.

The same can be said for long-term lease agreements.  We generally like to put people into a place for a term of no more than one year.  The rental market here in London offers London apartments for rent with pricing by the week, so most landlords will not issue a tenancy agreement for longer than 12 months.

6-Find out if any of the cost of your moving expenses are tax deductible by your government.  It’s important to check with an accountant or other professional, but in many cases the bulk of your moving costs can be when you’re involved in a London job relocation.  In the United States, the IRS Tax Topic is item number 455 which details which expenses qualify.  Naturally, you’ll need to consult your country’s own laws regarding taxes.  But using the U.S. as an example, if your are to be eligible for moving tax deductions you must be moving because of a new job; your new domicile must be a minimum of 50 miles from your old home or job (so folks don’t move around the block for a tax break); and you must be working full time for a minimum of 39 weeks of the previous 52 weeks following your move.

7-Spend time (or have your spouse spend time) building up a social network for support before you move.  If you apply the use of your friends to network to make new friends in much the same way you would look for a job you will be able to establish some connections before you go.  There are some services that can help in this endeavor; MeetUP will help you to find others in the area where you can connect over similar interests or hobbies.  Also see if the new job has social clubs or interest groups where you can meet new people.  The other thing you can do when you finally undergo your London job relocation is to frequent pubs that cater to an ex-pat crowd.  London’s full of small intimate clubs, pubs and bars and many have a strong contingency of national followers.  One thing is for certain, that the faster you can build up your own social support network, the move at home you will feel and the happier you will be with the decision you made that led you to take the London job relocation.

If you missed the beginning of this three part post read 7 Tips to Successful London Job Relocation Part 1