Before moving, you should have a strong understanding of what the new location has to offer.
Can you afford it?
This may seem like a fairly obvious question. Budgeting is one of the most important things to fully map out when planning a move. Last minute expenses always pop up. Whatever you’re budgeting for your move, double it. If you can still afford it, you’re in good shape. Don’t rely on a lucky break to cover anything that might come up unexpectedly.
What are the neighborhood demographics?
Research what areas you’d consider moving to. If you know anyone who lives in the area, reach out for their insight. If not, there’s no need to worry. There are plenty of companies that are dedicated to helping people relocate. These companies can answer any questions you have about the neighborhoods you’re considering moving to.
What’s the cost of living?
This is a little different than the “Can I afford it?” question, although similar. How much do groceries cost where you want to move? Property expenses? Taxes? The better idea of the costs that you may incur from moving, the more prepared you will be.
What’s the job market like?
If you’re moving to find a new job, you’ll want to know what the job market is like in your new town or city. Is it expanding? Are there a lot of opportunities? If you already have a job lined up, research your new employer and the company you’re joining. Understanding the job market in the area you’re moving into is key.
How’s the education system?
This applies to those who have children or are planning to have children in the near future. You should know what kind of schools are in the new area, and how they are. This may impact where you decide on moving. Contact the state, school, or anyone else you may think will help find the information that you need.
Do you really need all that stuff?
This is a question that you have to ask yourself after you find your new home. Moving is difficult and can get costly. This is a time where you need to re-evaluate what you will actually need in your new home. Take the stuff that you know is essential or anything that holds a lot of sentimental value. Taking less stuff to your new home not only cuts down on costs, but this will give you the opportunity to go shopping for new stuff when you get to your new home!