So you’re thinking about moving. But before you finalize the paperwork on your new house or enroll your children in the new school, take a step back and ask yourself-should you relocate at all?
Whether you have to move for work, school, or other important changes, you should take a lot of different factors into account before you make the relocation permanent. After all, you may find it easier to stay in your present location and take a job with a lower salary instead of moving to a new location and finding you don’t like living there.
Make sure you consider these three questions before you move:
1. Is relocation practical?
This question has a lot of facets. For example:
- Would you have a similar or better quality of life? How much does food and housing cost there? How much do utilities cost? How much does the state charge for different kinds of taxes? Will you have to drive on toll roads? Consider all new expenses before moving. You may find that a higher salary doesn’t make up for heavier expenses.
- Will the company or school have plenty of opportunities for advancement? You shouldn’t move to accept a job at a struggling company, and you shouldn’t move to a university where you only stand a small chance of getting into your desired program. Moving costs a lot-make sure you make the expense worth it.
- Can you find housing in your price range? The real estate in many areas costs a lot more than real estate in others. For example, real estate around Salt Lake City, UT costs $100,000-$200,000 less than real estate around Albany, NY. Make sure you find a house you can afford before you accept any offers from companies or schools.
- Can you easily sell your current house? Even if you can find an affordable house at your destination, you need to sell your current home, too. Call a real estate agent and ask him or her to appraise your home. You should ask about the sales in your area as well. Are they going well? Or do people tend to gravitate to other areas? What can you do to attract buyers? And if you have to renovate or make changes, how much will those changes cost?
- How much does it cost to move there? Moving across the country could cost over $10,000 if you have an entire household to move. Companies usually calculate based on distance and weight-make sure you get a quote from several moving companies before you take the job offer and move.
Before you decide to move, you should decide whether the benefits from the new job or studentship outweigh the expenses of moving. However, you’ll have to take other factors into consideration as well.
2. Will relocation benefit you personally?
A move should help you grow and assert yourself as a person. Make sure any new area has the following:
- Does the new area have clubs, libraries, yoga classes, churches, shopping centers, and other activities you enjoy? If it doesn’t, you might not have a lot of fun if you move there. Boredom and isolation lead to unhappiness, and you don’t want your relocation to make you unhappy. Make sure the new area has a social scene you want to participate in.
- Can you make new friends? You can always make new friends in your social groups, but what about in your neighborhood? Will you move into a safe community with lots of children the same age as yours? Will you be around mature adults at the same stage in life as you? Ask a real estate agent in the area for these details.
- Do you like the climate? If you come from Alaska, you might not like to jump to a hot desert like southern Utah. Make sure you like or can easily adapt to the new climate.
3. Can you trust your employer?
You already know to check on the employer’s success before you accept an offer and move, but what about other factors? Your new employer will do a background check on you, so naturally you should do a background check on the company as well. Make sure you find answers to these questions:
- Does the company take a lot of risks? Risks can either bring significant successes or crushing failures. Your job might last longer if you find employment with a steadier company.
- Does the company treat its employees and customers well? If a company treats its customers well, usually it treats its employees well too. Check out the company’s ratings with websites like Yelp or the BBB. You can also find employee reviews with sites like ZoomInfo, Glassdoor, and Hoovers.
- Can you move up in the company? Does the company let you move into managerial positions, or will you simply sit in the same dead-end job? You should choose a company that’ll help you grow.
If you can trust your employer to take care of you, then you should consider relocating for your job. However, you should make sure you can afford the move first. As long as you’ve covered all your bases, you shouldn’t have any trouble relocating. Contact a real estate agent to start the relocation process today!