Questions to Ask Yourself Before Relocating

08/24/2017

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Moving to a completely new area is always stressful. It always comes with some worries and concerns. And while some of these things may just naturally occur and be unavoidable, there is a way to weed out a good portion of that stress. Like most areas of life, spending as much time as possible preparing can save you lots of time later down the road. Before you fully commit to any move, ask yourself these questions:

  • What is the cost of living? One of the biggest factors that determine the plausibility of a move. It’s critical to know the financial status of the area across many different categories. Making sure that the cost of living is within the scope of your price range will make all the difference in the world. You wouldn’t want to move all the way to a new area only to find out after that you couldn’t afford it in the first place.

  • Which areas/neighborhoods do I want to live in? You really should take time to know the ins and outs of the neighborhoods within your targeted area. In the case of bigger cities, the neighborhoods can be vastly different from one another. Finding a place where you’re comfortable will do more to ensure your happiness over time.

  • What’s my commute look like? Most people relocate because of a new job opportunity. So when that new job takes you to a new city and you’re looking for a place to live, make sure your commute is something that you can tolerate. After all, you’ll be making this commute twice a day, five times a week, so it’s definitely a point you’ll need to consider.

  • Can I see myself being happy here? Although it’s at the end of this list, this question is probably the most important one you should be asking yourself. At the end of the day, really take the time to figure out if relocating will make you happy. And while happiness in any big life transition is never guaranteed, if you can’t at least picture yourself being happy, then you might need to think long and hard about wanting to relocate at all.