Are you considering moving for the first time? Not to a college dorm room, or to your first unfurnished apartment. We’re talking about something more like uprooting - packing up all of your things and moving to a new location with a completely new home or apartment to call your own.
While a relocation may sound exciting, the decision is a big deal with many steps along the way, so it ought to be taken with a lot of consideration. Have you evaluated the new neighbourhood, the change in lifestyle, your work prospects? It’s important to have everything in order to make the transition a smooth one, so here’s a list of 7 things to help you get a better understanding of your new location.
1. Housing and other necessities
One of the most important things to consider is your new home and its location. Make a list of things you value in a home - a nice neighborhood, proximity to your office, or a spacious backyard. Don’t rush into anything too quickly - you wouldn’t want to make such a huge decision only to regret your living arrangements. You might also want to check out things like health care, proximity to grocery stores, commute distance, and the education system. And think about your location in life - if you’re still career-minded and enjoy nightlife, settling in a trendy urban location might be a great option. If you’re retired or almost there, a more tranquil countryside plot might suit you best.
Your new home may require customisation to your specifications, so if you’re relocating to a clime where custom homes are the norm, like the US, you should consider your customisation options. You simply need to identify the area you are moving to and then check for custom home development options. “It is now fairly easy to have your home tailored for your specific needs from scratch so you should take that option if it appeals to you,” says Jack O’Malley at Zbranek & Holt Custom Homes, one of the leading custom homes providers in Austin Texas. “Mass-produced developments will never appeal to everyone. You shouldn’t allow your choices to be solely at the discretion of developers.”
2. Work opportunities
If you’re moving for work, something you should consider is the nature of the job market. Are there opportunities that suit your particular set of skills? Is the job market expanding? If you already have work sorted out, you should conduct some research about your employer and the work in relation to that environment.
Are you self-employed or a freelancer? Find out if there are any opportunities for your business at the new location. This will help you determine whether you need to tailor your offerings to a different community or if your current business strategy will suit your new location just fine.
3. Good and not-so-good neighbourhoods
Location, location, location - where you live is equally as important as the house itself. You may have found a beautiful home that suits your needs, but if it’s located in a not-so-favorable area, you’ll probably find living there unfulfilling. Choose a home surrounded by friendly neighbors that you can relate to, and a place where your children will enjoy growing up. Security is important as well - you should be able to take an evening run without looking over your shoulder.
Do you often cook for yourself or eat out? You’ll want to consider this question before checking out the available restaurants in the area. Think long term too - if you choose to move here in the future, will people be willing to buy a home in the neighbourhood?
4. Your lifestyle
When relocating to a new city, it’s always necessary to analyze the quality of life in the area. How will these potential surroundings align with your personal habits? If you’re a regular gym-goer, you’ll want a home with a conveniently located exercise facility or park. For instance, an avid athlete would prefer a city renowned for its sporting events. Or are you a nightcrawler? If so, then a town that sleeps early may not be your ideal location. Your lifestyle will be impacted by the city you relocate to, so choose wisely.
5. Cost of living
The cost of living is also an important determinant of where you should move. A city that matches your income base is ideal, otherwise you’ll strain your cash flow. Work out how much you’re likely to earn and calculate the expenses in the area - fuel costs, children’s education, groceries, entertainment, etc. Put together a monthly budget against your income.
While it seems simple, this concept may not be easy to grasp. If you’re moving for business reasons and will receive a salary increase, you might not be affected. However, if you’re relocating with the same financial capacity, it would be unwise to move somewhere where you know you will spend more, especially if it eats into your savings.
6. What is the climate like?
The average weather conditions in an area is another important consideration. While other factors may be adjustable, weather patterns are generally fixed. Some health issues are aggravated by certain climates, so if you’re prone to certain seasonal allergies, or generally don’t do well in severe cold or arid conditions, then reconsider your move before taking the permanent plunge.
There’s lots of information online about climates in different parts of the world. Do some research and speak with your health practitioner to figure out what type of weather is best for you.
7. Do you have a backup plan?
Not every relocation will pan out exactly as you expected. While most sticky situations can be managed, some are just too extreme to bear. If moving doesn’t work out as you expected, ensure that you have a backup plan to buffer the situation. Consider more accommodating locations in order to make your contingency plan an easy one.
Good luck with your move!