No matter how stressful, painstaking and troublesome moving may be, it’s nothing short of a thrilling adventure – with all its ups and downs, exciting opportunities and scary uncertainties. And as it is with all other adventures, your relocation path is certain to be full of hardships and your final success cannot be guaranteed. Yet, the better prepared you are – both physically and mentally, the greater your chance to overcome all difficulties and achieve a happy end.
Therefore, when faced with a residential move, you need to carefully think through all the important factors that will come into play during this highly transitional period of your life and find out what to expect from your new world – only then will you be able to overcome the numerous challenges ahead of you and ensure the successful outcome of your moving adventure.
So, what to think about when moving house? What to consider before making such a decisive step into your future?
Do I really want to move house?
There are some crucial questions you need to ask yourself before making the final decision to move to a new city:
# Is this the right time to move?
# Can I afford it?
# Why do I want to move to that particular area?
# Will I be able to adjust to the lifestyle in my new surroundings?
# What am I gaining if I move there?
# What am I losing if I leave my current home?
# Is it worth the relocation hardships?
If at least five of the answers are within the positive spectrum, you have green light to proceed with your relocation plans. Otherwise, you may want to reconsider your decision to move house.
What is the area like?
The peculiarities of your new area are among the most important things to consider when moving:
- Economy. It’s essential that you research the economic trends in your new city well in advance and make sure that your professional skills are in high demand around the area. Find out if you’re going to have a chance to advance in your career or establish a successful business of your own. Consider not only the job market and the overall business environment in the region, but also the unemployment rate and the average salaries in your field;
- Housing options. You need to find an affordable property to rent or to buy in your new city – one that suits your budget, your needs, and your preferences (appropriate for your lifestyle, located in a safe and prosperous neighborhood, close to your workplace and your children’s school (if applicable), within easy access to local amenities and entertainment venues, with a monthly rent or mortgage that does not exceed 25% of your disposable income, etc.). The infrastructure and the available transportation options should also be taken into account as commute time and commute expenses are major factors in everyday life;
- Cost of living. It’s the cost of living in your new area that is going to determine your actual financial status – even if your income is lower, the actual purchase power of your money may be greater. The average living costs can vary greatly from one state to the next, so you need to find out what to expect in terms of daily expenses well in advance of your move. Research the cost of transportation, insurance, utilities, groceries, clothing and all other living expenses you’ll have to provide for after the relocation. The better idea you get of the living standards in your new area, the better prepared you’re going to be for your new life;
- Climate. The weather is another important factor to take into account when moving to another state – the climatic conditions in your new area will determine the kind of clothes and equipment you need to take with you, the weather quirks will influence your new lifestyle, certain natural phenomena (tornadoes, dust storms, etc.) will require specific precautionary measures to ensure the safety of your home and your family, etc. You should also have in mind that sudden changes in your environment may result in allergies and other health issues;
- Available opportunities. The opportunities your new city has to offer are among the most crucial things to consider when moving house. It’s the cost and quality of healthcare, the excellence of schools and higher educational institutions, the available recreational activities and entertainment options in your new area that will define the quality of your new life and provide you with (or deprive you of) the chance to explore your passions, improve your skills, expand your knowledge, practice your hobbies, and stay healthy and positive;
- Cultural issues. The peculiar cultural background of your new area will result in distinct social practices, behavioral patterns and points of view that may be radically different from yours and may even clash with your previous lifestyle. Depending on the specific place you’re moving to, you may even encounter foreign languages and unique traditions that will pose even greater challenges to your adaptation efforts. So, it’s advisable to get familiar with the social norms and cultural peculiarities of your new area before the relation in order to make sure that you’ll be able to get accustomed to the local lifestyle and eventually feel at home in your new community;
- Safety. Last but not least, you need to look at the crime statistics for your future area and get some insight into the most worrisome issues that have been plaguing the region. Then, find out what you can do to avoid troubles – which places and areas of the city to stay away from, what safety precautions to take, how to secure your home, etc.
How to organize a successful move?
Once you’ve considered your reasons to relocate and the peculiarities of your new area, you need to turn your attention to the arduous moving process:
The moment you decide to move house, you need to evaluate your financial condition – review your savings and set your moving budget. Figure in all the moving-related costs (packing materials, movers’ rates, any desired or necessitated extra services, appropriate insurance, travel expenses, post-relocation expenses), allow for some unexpected last minute expenses, and double the amount you’ve budgeted for your move to make sure you’ll feel financially comfortable with your forthcoming relocation.
A DIY move is rarely a viable option, so you’ll probably have to resort to the professional moving services of trustworthy residential movers. Finding reliable moving professionals that suit your budget and your relocation needs, however, may not be a simple task – you have to get in touch with several reputable moving companies, ask for in-house estimates, compare the offers, and choose the highest quality services at the lowest reasonable price. You need to be extra careful to avoid moving scams and hire honest, experienced, and skilled professionals who will ensure a smooth and trouble-free relocation process.
One of the hardest things to think about when moving is the fate of your earthly possessions. Parting with some old treasures of yours may be quite difficult indeed, but relocating all your belongings will not be worth the time, effort and money involved in the process (don’t forget that the final moving costs will be based on the total weight of your shipment). So, you need to decide which of your items you’re going to take with you and how to get rid of everything else – dispose of damaged and worn-out items, but make sure you find a good new purpose to all your no-longer needed possessions that are still in good condition (give them away to family and friends, donate them to charities, or sell them to someone who will put them to use).
Then, think of the safest and most efficient ways to pack your belongings for shipment, so that you provide them with the best possible protection during transit and ensure their excellent condition throughout the entire moving process. You can find some great packing tips that will help you keep your items safe and intact during your relocation adventure here.
When is the best time to move house?
When moving house, you need to think about your current commitments and various other time-related issues as well:
- How soon can you leave your job (if any)? What about your spouse/partner?
- When does your lease agreement end (if applicable)?
- Is it better to move in the middle of the school year or during the summer vacation (if you have school-aged children)?
- Can you afford to move in peak season? If not, can you schedule your relocation for some time between October and April when the moving costs will be lower?
- Are there any previous plans or engagements you need to complete before your move?
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How to deal with the emotional aspects of moving to a new city?
Moving house is a life-changing event that presents you with endless opportunities and exceptional challenges. To be able to handle the radical change in a positive way, you need to:
- Focus on the best things about moving house;
- Say proper goodbye to your friends and your old home;
- Make your new place feel like home;
- Explore your new area and find all that is good about it;
- Make new friends in your new city;
- Stay in touch with the people who matter to you;
- Fight relocation depression and adjust to your new environment as quickly as possible;
- Start a fresh new life full of happiness and success!