Moving to Los Angeles is quite the coordinated affair. After everything is packed up, there are the goodbyes, parties, and tying up loose ends. In the middle of that, it is time to put those months of planning and saving to use.
Moving to Los Angeles can be one of life’s more exciting adventures, and like most adventures, it is sometimes easy to overlook minor planning tactics in all of the excitement. Before leaving home and all its creature comforts, focus on this valuable time to plan thoroughly. That way, the fun-to-stress ratio has a chance at staying more balanced. Hopefully, that ratio is a little more toward the fun side of things.
Paying attention to these three areas of the move can greatly help with this effort. This list is obviously not an exhaustive list, but it is a list of three items that can be considered “tips and tricks,” in an effort to assist in the process.
The Internet of Things (Researching and Balancing the Perspective)
Before any practical steps can be taken for the move, it is very important to balance the perspective of the move. This cannot be overstated.
Do not be swayed by the stories of movie stars getting in their cars with $5 to their name, and setting up for a heroic struggle to the top.
The internet is there for a reason. It is the tool for research and to help balance that perspective. If the perspective is imbalanced, the plans go off in a direction (usually unrealistic) that does not help to get the job done, and done correctly.
As a part of the research phase, look up apartments. Also, find applications and tools that will help in navigation of the area where the relocation will land. Sites like mapquest.com help to get a general idea, but more research is needed to understand the local specifics. For example, in Los Angeles, it is helpful to consult a site like Metro.net to determine if the transportation (i.e. bus and rail) will work for the desired location and the job location. Even if there is a car available, it is helpful to understand the backup plans that are available, should there be a case of a car unavailability or breakdown. This needs to be a part of the decision for choice of apartment or housing.
If this is not a career or job relocation, then the topic of job needs to be covered. It is another area that needs research. Preferably, finding a job consultant or recruiter to help in the search before landing in Los Angeles. Of course, having the job ahead of time is always preferable, especially with the high cost of living in Los Angeles.
To reiterate on these topics, why all the fuss? Los Angeles is an expensive town and time is money. The move itself is strenuous. Be pragmatic and not sporadic in the move and ensure that the planning is bathed in research and due diligence.
With all the knowledge amassed from the suggested steps above, it is now time to put it to use. Budget what transportation, food, and living will look like for the first month. Multiple those expectations by two, or at least 150%. Calculate out the second, third, fourth month, to ensure that the money aspect is covered while trying to secure everything.
By going through this exercise, it helps to have things in place for the worst case scenario. The results may be overwhelming, but be prepared for high prices.
Los Angeles is a networking town. This means that success can also depend on contacts. This is true for those looking to get into entertainment, but also students who may want to start working while pursuing their degrees. In other words, be prepared to set aside a small sum of money for dinners, going out, and other leisure activity for socialization efforts. While this sum doesn’t have to cover English gentry dinner party level of entertainment, a night out or two will probably be a regular occurrence in the course of the month.
Being successful in this move will not only rely on an excellent strategy but the flexibility of the strategy and the fallback and backup planning.
Before the move, put as many parts of internet research into action as possible. For example, if buying a car seems out of the budget, it might be wise to ship an existing car, instead. In Los Angeles, everyone needs a car to get around, so if waiting a month or two to get enough money aside can make this happen, it is worth it.
Confirm apartment contacts. Do not wait until arrival to find the person who is offering a room. That room may have been given to someone else, or is not exactly the ideal roommate. Make sure this person is aware of a pre-determined ETA. Also, perform background checks, references, etc., to ensure that the roommate is a reasonable person. It helps if a personal recommendation exists or is available. If at all possible, boarding with a relative or friend of a friend is ideal.
Planning ahead, and planning wisely, for that move to Los Angeles, cannot be overstated.
These are the three pillars of good planning for any Los Angeles move. While each plan will be different, as far as the specific needs and goals of the move, the basics of preparation never fail to eliminate a good chunk of the future stress. Don’t expect 100% of the stress to be alleviated, but every bit that can be mitigated is that much more than can go in the direction of the “fun factor.”