The metropolitan cities in India have the best of life and opportunities to offer. Expatriates from other Indian cities, big and small, visit these metro cities for job, a good life and better life experiences. However, shifting for the first time in a new city and that too urban in nature can be a little tedious as the cost of living and city-to-city preferences change to a good extent. An expat might stumble upon certain things and commit blunders that can make the overall shifting process messed up.
Here are 6mistakes that every expat should refrain from committing:
- Not Initiating the Money Talks
An expat can move to a new urban city for work or temporary professional assignment. If the entire salary package doesn’t have a relocation section then it is advisable to have a word with the superior. Metropolitan cities are expensive and not considering proper remuneration to relocate can be the biggest blunders. An expat can escape the folly by having a word with his boss or the human resources of the organization for the relocation package and other benefits that can be availed for the movement.
- Not Researching on the Cost of Living
Metropolitan cities are expensive and aspects like food, housing, utilities and transportation can have an altogether a very different facet. In such scenarios, a little homework can save an expat from over-spending in the new city. An expat with a complete idea of the cost of living of a new city can manage the expenses well, rotate the savings efficiently and initiate a new beginning. Moreover, settling into a new job will also be less arduous as the expat will have a clear idea of food and stay, both.
- Not Deciding the Place for Abode
The newbie in the city needs to get as much perspective as he can along with a good budget in hand. For instance, if the expat has shifted to the most favorable city of Bangalore then he has to know the various aspects of a particular locality. Knowing about the constituting regions and commercial zones in proximity will lessen the worries of an expat to a good extent. Whether it’s for permanent settlement or a case of grabbing apartment for rent here in Bangalore, in both the scenario, an expat has to have a gist of each and every region of the given city.
- Not Knowing the Worth of Being Smart At Making Commitments
People tend to make mistakes while making commitments while relocating or even after that. When making a choice between having a permanent home or a rental, it is advisable to go for latter as an expat may never know whether the neighborhood or climate or the cost of living will suit him or not. Renting at first, is a great way to settle into a new city without making a commitment to a particular aspect of the city an expat might end up not liking.
- Not Inquiring About Tax-Deductible Moving Expenses
If an expat is moving owing to a professional need and if the new employer doesn’t offer any financial assistance for the relocation, an expat may get eligible for partial reimbursement comes tax time. An expat should have an idea of the tax deductions that might come along his way while choosing to relocate to a new place. These deduction clauses also changes on the basis of the employment type chosen. Hence, the moving expenses have to be managed nicely and any fall on this aspect can hinder the expat from getting complete monetary benefits.
- Not Realizing the Worth of Social Networking
If the expat is moving to a new urban city then he can have fewer jitters in the first phase of getting settled if networking is considered. There are companies who offer clubs and interest groups so that new people can bond together. Moreover, there are online helps or websites that can help expats meet each other and make their social network stronger. The faster a support network is build, the more at home one will feel and the decision to move to a new city will give happiness. An expat can also contact friends and family people who have been to that city before so that a basic idea stays all the time.
New city, new hopes and new hopes bring in the much-needed motivation to start a new life at a new place. An expat can make use of these tips so that life will seem easier ahead. All the Best!!
Author Bio: Vineeta Tiwari is a keen writer on Global Economy and Realty market. She has written articles on Global realty market and ongoing trends and tips for investors. Currently, she is professionally associated with popular realty portal, 99acres.com. Reach her at [email protected]