Many people move because of their job, or to find better employment every year. Some benefit from the move and some wish they never left. Everyone’s individual motives and lives are different, but if you are thinking about moving, here are some questions to consider:
First, do you have a job lined up? If you are lucky, the company may cover some of your moving expenses. If no job or no financial help, factor all costs into your budget: travel, movers, a rental car, maybe a few nights in a hotel, new furniture, the deposit on a rental property or the real estate costs of selling and buying a home. If you are moving a lot of belongings and don’t have an address, consider a storage container which will be held securely until you give an address for delivery.
Research the cost of living, the housing and rental market and what the standard salary is in your field. Can you afford the same standard of living as you have now? Will you have to sacrifice location or size of home?
Think about your daily commute – how long, how much traffic, or how efficient the public transit system is. Will you need to buy a car, ship your car, or sell your car?
Look into the amenities and services offered by the city/town you are moving to. Do you need easy access to doctors, schools, fitness centres or park space? It is a good idea to visit the area before moving – does it seem fast-paced or laid back, which neighbourhoods look good to live in and which to avoid?
If your friends and family are going to be further away, consider how long and how often you want to visit. How long a flight or drive, what would it cost, and how flexible is your work schedule?
If applicable, your significant other should be involved every step of the way. Discuss how a move would affect both of your lives and careers: what makes sense for one partner may be a bad fit for the other.
Do try and find a job before you go: consider phone or skype interviews and staying at a friend or relative’s home as you job hunt. Check local job boards and use your existing networks. If you have trouble finding job postings in your industry, re-consider your reasons for moving.
Look at temporary jobs or unemployment benefits to make the transition as financially smooth as possible.
No matter what your reason for moving may be, always weigh the benefits of moving against potential sacrifices. What is it about your current lifestyle that makes you happy? Friends, family, hobbies, open space, city life, walking to work? What are necessities and what are you willing to lose?
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