The thought of starting over in a new place with endless opportunities if enough to send us packing. Sometimes, we just want a fresh start in an unknown place!
If you are vying for a change and warming up to the idea of a new adventure, then you might be considering relocating. However, before you book that plane ticket and schedule that moving truck, you might want to sit with your decision a bit. Relocating is a huge decision and a ginormous undertaking. Are you sure you want to relocate? Here’s five things you need to know before deciding to relocate:
1. Research the Cost of Living
If you are moving out of state, it’s important to research the cost of living. Estimate the budget you will need for basic living expenses such as your home, state tax, transportation, food, etc. Every place ranges, so you want to ensure you have a basic understanding of what your expected bills will look like with this new move. You could come to learn that it’s actually more cost effective for you to ditch your car or reevaluate your need for a gym membership since you’ll be walking daily. You might even find out that living in the state you are currently in and just moving to another town or city could make more sense for your budget than moving out of state. Regardless, make sure you do your research, so you don’t end up moving on a whim and going under.
2. Determine Where You Want to Be
Before taking the leap, make sure you look into your future community. Does it have access to the places you love? Is it near your favorite grocery store? Is it within a great school district? Moving blindly sounds fun and exhilarating but if you are not in a community you love, it could end up being costly, not only for your wallet, but also for your mental clarity.
3. Think About Your Next Career Move
You’re definitely going to need an income if you are planning on paying for moving expenses, a new home, and everything in between. Make sure you take the time to think about if your career will need to change as well. Thankfully, there are many options to work remote nowadays and some jobs will be flexible with hybrid schedules, however, if you are planning on leaving your job to pursue another in your new area, make sure you weigh the pros and cons of both. Make sure you have a plan and try to avoid any extra stress with making a job change if possible.
4. Be Prepared for the Weather
If you are relocating to a brand-new climate, you definitely want to consider the items needed in order to survive the heat and or snow. Consider stocking up on warm clothes if you are relocating to the cold or prepare to shed those layers if you are moving towards the heat. You’ll also want to factor in if your new location experiences any natural elements such as hurricanes, tornadoes, snowstorms, etc. Be prepared to “weather” the storm…literally!
5. Take Time to Think
Relocating is a big deal! This is not a decision that should be taken lightly. Consider the amount of time, energy, and finances that will go into this move. Weigh all the pros and cons, meditate, talk with your family and friends, and really look at all avenues before taking this leap of faith. You could find you’re about to make the best decision of your life, but you will want to ensure you are 100% confident in that decision. The good news is you can always come back home!
Are you ready to relocate? We’re here to help! Contact BSR Realty Group today.