Ready for a new adventure? If you’re looking for new life experiences, or you simply crave something different, moving to another city might just be the thing you’re looking for. Whether we’re talking about a new job or a new relationship, a change of location means a fresh chapter full of new opportunities and experiences.
Maybe you’re thinking it’s going to be temporary or perhaps you’re set on putting down new roots. Whatever the case may be, there are a few things you should keep in mind when moving. What should you know about your new home? What aspects should you consider? Let’s take a closer look.
Do Your Research
Make sure to check lifestyle and housing options, as well as stats about the local crime rate. Ask yourself, “How big is the city? What is transportation like? What does rent cost or what is the average home price? What activities are there to do? Are there any events that match my lifestyle? What is the cost of living like, and can I afford it?”
You’ll want to dive into all the facts. And once you decide where to live, make sure the amenities you need are available in that location. You’ll also want to make sure you can afford it. If you’re moving for a new job, make sure you know what your salary is ahead of time. Then, compare it to the cost of living and other expenses. Is it doable? Does it make sense for you and your lifestyle?
And if you aren’t moving for a new job, make sure that there are jobs available. There’s nothing worse than returning home, disappointed and frustrated, after an unsuccessful job hunt with a depleted savings account. Research the area thoroughly, come up with a plan and make sure it is the right decision for you.
Try Visiting First
Are you on the fence about your big move? Visit the place before you make up your mind. Go for a weekend or a week. This will give you the opportunity to explore and get to know your new city. Walk the streets. Check out the restaurants and entertainment around town. Can you imagine yourself living here? Is it what you want?
Consider the Pros and Cons
Make a list. What are the positive aspects of moving to this new city? What are the negative aspects about moving? Write them down. Do this after you’ve fully researched the place, so you have a whole lot of items for your list.
Another thing to consider is how close to or far from your family and friends you will be. Is it easy to get home for the holidays or for a quick visit? If not, will it make you homesick? Consider these factors. The city might be great and a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity, but if you can’t get over being away from your loved ones for long, it might be best to reconsider. However, will this opportunity come again? What is the pay like at this new job? Weigh those pros and cons—then make an informed decision.
Think about How You’ll Move
How will you get there? And how will you move all your belongings to your new city? If you plan on taking the plane, you will be limited in what you can bring (or you’ll have to pay more for excess baggage). It depends where the city is and how you intend to get there. As with most moves, you’ll likely have a bit of an expense here. Again, plan ahead. Be prepared for that potential additional cost.
Are You Ready?
Review the above points. Make sure you have everything covered. Make a plan and get ready for a whole lot of new experiences in your new neighbourhood . Start that fresh chapter. Be open to adventure. It could be everything you’ve dreamed of and more.
David Hakimi is a real estate agent in Denver, Colorado. He has a wealth of experience in helping clients buy and sell homes.