Relocating is a lot of work and a big decision. A lot more goes into relocation than just your ability to buy and sell a place to live. Here are some things you need to keep in mind while making the decision to pick up and move out of state.
Cost of living: It’s not just about how much money the new job is going to earn you, it’s also about how far that money will go in a new community. Consider the cost of living and what that will mean for your lifestyle.
Climate and culture: If it’s possible, consider visiting the area you are planning to move to before making your decision. Learn first-hand how cold the winters are or hot the summers get. Check out the night life and cultural scene. Will you be happy living in the new place based on what the area has to offer you and your family? Reading about a place online, or flying in and out for an interview, won’t give you the real feel of a new place.
Job security: You applied for that job because it sounded perfect and worth the hassle of a move, but is it a sure thing? Make sure you understand the strength of the company and your position in it. Moving across the country for a job that isn’t secure could leave you looking for a new job in a new place. Make sure the position you’re moving into is stable and part of your overall career goals before planning a big move.
Relocation expenses: Getting your possessions moved to a new state comes with costs; who’s going to pay those moving expenses? Negotiate a relocation package that works for you. Take the cost of moving into consideration with the stability of the job and how well it fits into your long-term goals when deciding if relocation is really worth it for you.
Partner’s career: If you’re young and single, moving out of state may not have much impact on your relationships. However, if you plan to move with someone else, it might. Does your partner have a successful career where you are now? If yes, he or she may not be so easily transferrable. Before you start looking across the country for jobs, make sure it will work for your whole family.
Family: Are your kids in the middle of a school year? Consider how you can minimize the disruption to their education. How will the move affect the school they attend considering education and safety? If you are moving away from or toward family, that could affect your child-care options. Having a grandparent and other family nearby can be a huge benefit and needs to be considered when deciding where to move. Relocating is stressful on children, have a plan to make it easier for them.
A good real estate agent can help you with a lot of the ins and outs of a complex relocation process, but before you relocate, you need to know if it’s the right step for you. It’s a big move, make sure it’s the right move.