How to make a sea change

Bogged down by your mundane, stressful routine? Thinking about making a sea change? Consider our helpful tips before you quit the city for good.

A sea change is all about simplyfing, de-cluttering, and changing your lifestlye. Baby boomers entering retirement, families looking for a better place to raise their children, singles looking for a change, couples starting a life together, business owners jumping on an opportunity, and people who simply want to change their lifestyle, are all amongst those on the lookout for a sea change. Their common theme? The search for the “good life”.

But before you get moving and make possibly one of life’s biggest decisions, there are a few things to consider.

Make sure you are ready

When considering a sea change, it’s important you’ve thought about the emotional reasons behind your decision. Is this something you’ve thought about for a while? Or is it a reaction to something difficult that’s happening in your life (ie: a stressful job, failed relationship, financial hardship)?

Either way, don’t mistake a lifestyle change for your need to get away for a little while. A sea change means moving for good, so make sure you’re up for the challenge!

Before the big move

Staying in your ideal location for a few weeks is a great way to see how you and the area mesh. See what you like and don’t like about the area, and scout around other neighbourhoods to compare the areas. Talking to locals is also a great idea so you know the pros and cons of each suburb.

Establishing new social and support networks can be quite stressful, so do some work before making the change for good. Talk to the locals and key people in the area – especially those in your field of work and desired neighbourhood. The word gets around VERY quickly in small communities, so making friends is important for your own future opportunities, orjust simply keeping up to date with the local news.

If you’re looking to rent or buy a property, speak to as many local real estate agents as possible, so they can do all the hard work for you while you’re organising the move from your current home.

It’s also a good idea to arrange meetings with potential employers (if you’ll be working) to minimise the stress of looking for a job post move, as well as potential schools for your children – if you have, or are planning them!

After the move

So, the boxes are unpacked and you’ve finally got your head around your new area. Exciting, yes. But now comes the mundane stuff you need to get sorted!

Change your address for all your bills, get any mail re-directed from your old home to ensure nothing gets overlooked, and most importantly, find a new doctor, dentist, vet (speak to the locals or friends in the area to see who they can recommend).

Meeting new people is an important part of settling in, so find a local hotspot where you can make new friends and contacts. In sleepy seaside suburbs, the local RSL, Golf/Bowling Club or even small locally-owned cafes are a great start. Joining a local club or gym is also a great way to get to know the community.

If you’re up for the social part of a sea change, support the local community – school fetes, carnivals, local produce markets, fishing competitions and any other community events. You might just find a little hobby out of it!

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