6 Things to Consider When Moving to a New State
Before moving to a new state, there are questions you should be asking yourself to ensure you are making the right decision. With the advancements in technology and changes in work cultures, many have been able to leave the restraints of their desk jobs and have earned the freedom to work anywhere in the world.
However, with freedom comes responsibility. Deciding to move is oftentimes just the tip of the iceberg, and there are a lot of additional factors to consider. Luckily, we are here to break down some of the biggest things to consider and provide you with the perspective and insight to help make the decision best suited for your lifestyle.
1. The "Why"
No matter where you choose to move, there’s going to be some sort of cultural shock and change that you will experience. Before packing up your life and moving to a brand new area, it’s important to ask yourself, “why”? Are you moving for a new job? To be closer to a significant other? For a change in scenery? Whatever your “why” is, be sure to weigh your pros and cons and consider the impact it will have on both your short and long-term goals.
Remember - there is always an adjustment period to consider when changing locations. When you first move, you may experience feelings of homesickness. Stick it out! You've been given the opportunity to write a new chapter in your book. Make new friends, find new hobbies, give your career a face-life - and take control! The beginning might not always be the easiest, but as long as you remember your "why", the outcome will always be worth it.
2. Housing Market/Cost of Living
As the COVID-19 pandemic changed lives worldwide, it’s given people the freedom to pack up their lives and start over somewhere new. Whether you keep your current job or choose a different occupation altogether, it’s important to consider how far your salary will go in another city.
The housing market and cost of living will always vary from state to state. Be sure to do your research to get a grasp on prices in the area you will be moving to. This includes housing, groceries, gas, utilities, healthcare, and miscellaneous expenses. And while many websites offer online calculators to help provide a big picture, finer details are often overlooked. Not only do these calculators leave out the considerations of state, local, property and income taxes - everyone's day-to-day spending habits greatly differ. Having everything outlined before your move will ease your stress and ensure you are financially ready to tackle your new city.
Whether you’re considering starting a family, have a new baby in tow, or a household full of teenagers, remember to take an in-depth look at school systems. Many towns and cities offer both private and public schooling, and only you know which is best for your family. Take a look at the different sports and extracurriculars the schools are offering, check to see if there is a daycare or after-school program that works with your schedule, and make sure to include a copy of your children's current courses so they are properly placed in their new curriculum.
You want to feel confident with where you’re sending your children, so do your research and make sure the school systems are living up to and exceeding your expectations. Knowing how the city’s school system works may adjust your scope and decision on the neighborhoods you consider moving to.
For people moving states with kids already in school, many recommend making the move over the summer. This gives your children time to settle into their new home and make friends before stepping foot into a brand new school. While they are adjusting, make sure to keep communication open. Check in with them frequently, stay involved, and keep a positive attitude. With time, they will feel right at home - literally!
Are you living in a small town and moving to a big city? Or maybe, you’re leaving city life and heading to the countryside? Changing your commuting habits can be difficult, and often, people don’t realize how strenuous it is until incorporating it into their everyday lives.
Before moving, map out your major destination points. This includes your job, restaurants you’ll be a frequent visitor to, major attractions, and more. Doing so will help determine whether you should move closer, farther, or compromise somewhere in the middle. Remember, means of transportation have only continued improving with time. Depending on where you move, you can get around by bus, train, car, or bike!
5. Matching Your Lifestyle
While immersing yourself in a new city is a great way to pick up new hobbies and meet friendly faces, the transition is oftentimes easiest when you can stick to your roots.
Explore neighborhoods that fit both your budget and your personality. Whether you’re interested in museums, shopping, bars, or the great outdoors - determine which activities you can’t live without and go from there. While a cultural shock is bound to happen, ensuring you have access to the activities that bring color to your life will make your living situation a positive one.
6. The Move
Now that you’ve finally decided to make the move, your next (and most labor-worthy) step is getting there. Moving is not an easy task, so try and do it in a way that will save you time and money without increasing stress.
Make a list of the items you can and can’t go without. While your furniture and personal belongings may seem like a no-brainer, ask yourself if you need to pack up the clothes you haven’t worn in 5 years, or the closet full of stuff that you pretend isn’t actually there. Once you decide what’s coming with you, donate or sell the rest.
From there, how you move the rest of your belongings is entirely up to you. If you want a hassle-free option, moving companies are a great route to take, but there often is a hefty price tag attached. Another option is investing in a moving truck, just be sure to remember the time it will take to drive to your new location and whether or not you can swing it.
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