Moving on, is a simple thing, what it leaves behind is hard. – Dave Mustaine
Relocating is a stressful decision and it can somehow affect your life. Not only does it affect you solely but, it also affects other people such as your family.
According to the date from U.S. Census Bureau, between 11.5 and 12.5 percent of Americans move annually. It’s not a big amount but certainly there’s a constant amount of people who relocate every year.
Now, let’s try to check on what are the things that you need to consider before you relocate.
Well, job-related reasons are the most common when it comes to relocation. Try to think hard if you do have a better opportunity in the next city or county that you’ll settle down in. Changing roles might give you a better chance of promotion and maybe you get a big break that could push your career forward. Try to think of your options before your big move.
Friends and Family
Well, moving can be emotionally distressful if you have a close knit of family and friends. Moving to another city means that you might not see your friends personally and you need to be prepared in coping up with distant communication.
If you have a partner, you also need to consider about his or her job status whether he or she is enjoying superb benefits which might influence your decision.
A relocation will also prove to be stressful for children especially if they’re still schooling. A new school means a new environment and a new seat of friend which can be overwhelming for the young ones.
Moving can cost a sum of money whether you’re hiring professional movers or doing it yourself. Some companies offer some packages for a complete relocation and you just need to check different companies to compare. If you’re doing a DIY, try to check rental fees for moving trucks so that you could estimate the costs.
On some occasions, your employer could cover the cost of your relocation such as shipping and storing, which can be pretty convenient for you. You could always ask your employer if they provide those benefits or not.
Cost of living
The expenses that you have in your current location may differ in the other area. Try to think if your salary is enough for you to live comfortably. Calculate the costs that you might meet in your daily life such as transportation, utility fees, groceries and so on. You could do some research about the cost of living in one state or city to get a better idea if it’s affordable or not.
Pros and Cons
Think deeply about the pros and cons of your current city. Does your prospect location offer the same benefits or does it offer better ones? There are a lot of factors to consider and one of them is safety. Do some research on crime rates to make sure that you can live safely at that area. Other factors you might need to consider is the weather, the people and the culture.