Moving? Usually that means excitement for some and well, the other half dread it. Emotions aside, there are a lot of things that go into relocating somewhere and everyone should think about what relocating really means before they start packing their bags.
No matter how much one has anticipated the relocating process, there is something that will ALWAYS come up. Moving on its own is a physically and emotionally tolling process, so you should really consider everything before making the leap. And then consider everything again. Moving is expensive, tiring, and a grueling process, despite the amount of moving tools available. That aside, here are a few things to think about when relocating to and from anywhere.
Who doesn’t love New York in the fall? The temperatures are mild and the leaves are breathtaking. But once the leaves have fallen and the Thanksgiving Day Parade has passed, it’s winter, and it is winter for a long time.
If you are at the liberty of deciding where you will relocate make sure you think about all 4 seasons of your potential residency. Imagine what life would be like there in each season and don’t forget thinking about what the weather means for other parts of your life.
You forgot about snow tires and snow days which mean a longer, more difficult commute anywhere. Think about quick trips to the grocery store; it isn’t so quick when you have to bundle up, dig your car out of the snow, then proceed with caution driving to the market. Your active life may change with your surroundings, too. Used to having the mountains in your backyard for skiing, hiking, and climbing? You could be giving that up for now in a new urban atmosphere.
Jobs and Finances
Many people relocate for work. Whether that means moving for a job or moving to find a job, research the market there. Be sure you can find what you are looking for in your new residence, even into the future of your career.
Is the industry there? Is there room for growth? Will you have job security? Moving is an expensive process, so you’ll want to make sure your job situation is squared away. You are also going to want to think about the cost of living in your new residency, and be budgeting appropriately. Expenses can differ in different places, so look into what costs exist that you may not have considered before.
What About the Family?
Family can mean a lot of things; a wife and kids, close relatives, family friends, or even just your dog. You need to think about all these things when you move. If you relocate, will you be moving closer to or further away from them? Is there enough open space for the dog to run? What do the school systems look like for the kids? Consider what comes along with a move for everyone that is coming with you.
Relocating will leave anyone feeling bittersweet, and ready for a break. Regardless of where you may be going or where you are coming from, think about the future. There is a lot that’s involved when relocating, so take time to do the extra ground work thinking about your next move.